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World’s largest picnic

21 Mai 2009

People having a picnic in the park

The University is joining in a UK-wide attempt to break the world record for the largest ever picnic, as part of National Family Week.

On Monday 25 May 2009, families across the UK will roll-out their picnic rugs to set the Guinness world record for the largest picnic across multiple venues.

The University’s contribution to the event has been organised by Development@Cardiff a research group within the School of Psychology exploring how humans learn about the world from birth onwards, with the support of Cardiff’s Community Engagement Team.

Taking place on the lawn of the University’s Main Building registration for the picnic opens at 12 noon. Families will be treated to free strawberries and cream and there will be games for toddlers and young children, plus special prizes for the youngest picnicker and the largest picnic blanket.

Picnic participants include parents and toddlers who have contributed towards University research in First Steps, a longitudinal study of developmental milestones from birth to 18 months, and Making Faces, a study of social abilities in newborn babies.

They will be joined by a range of other people from Cardiff and beyond, wanting to take part in the record-breaking attempt.

Dr Merideth Gattis said: "Participating in this UK-wide event is a natural extension of the research that we do - we study how babies and young children learn from their environments, and families are such an important part of that process. We have planned a wonderful picnic, including special activities about the science behind everyday play, such as ‘Sock Puppet Science!’"

To qualify for the world record attempt, each participating family needs to pre-register at the National Family Week website and bring a rug or mat, and food and drink, including a minimum of two courses per person. On the day of the picnic, registration begins at 12 noon at the University’s Main Building, with the official count completed at 1pm.

National Family Week runs from the 25-31 May and is a new national initiative aimed at bringing families together, encouraging them to play, learn, eat, read, compete and - most importantly - spend quality time together.

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