A picnic with the kids can be a great way to get out of the house for a couple hours. After all, we all need a bit of time away from the house and picnics are an affordable option.
The key is planning ahead so that your lunch goes off without a hitch. This means checking the weather and planning fun activities. Here’s how to plan a picnic lunch for your kids.
1. Check the Weather
First things first. You want to check the weather for the week and choose a day where there’s the least chance of rain. You want a sunny day where you can enjoy the great outdoors without the risk for getting wet. However, it pays to be prepared for rain by having ponchos and umbrellas handy in the car.
2. Choose a Fun Location
You want to choose a location that has something fun for the kids. For example, you might choose the city park that has a playground or even a place in a national park that has a creek for the kids to play in. There are so many great options. It all depends on where you live. Even if you live in a concrete jungle, you can find fun locations for your picnic.
3. Create a Fun Menu
The menu should be something that’s exciting for kids. You can cut sandwiches in fun shapes using cookie cutters. You can also make candy sushi for dessert using fruit rolls, marshmallow cereal treats, and red licorice. For a fun side dish, bring along carrot and celery sticks for dipping in ranch dressing. Kids love anything they can dip.
4. Plan Fun Activities
Depending on where you’re having the picnic, you want to bring fun things for the kids to do. It might be kites from the Dollar Tree, a large ball, or even a plastic baseball bat and ball. You might also want to bring along a kid's camera so your kids can take pictures if you’re picnicking in a pretty area.
5. Pack the Essentials
You want to remember to have sunscreen, wet wipes, and changes of clothing on hand. The wet wipes help your kids clean up after the picnic and it never hurts to have a change of clothing on hand should spills occur. If there’s a creek where you’ll be going, bring along water shoes so your kids can play without getting their sneakers wet. Again, the exact supplies will depend on where you’re picnicking.
A picnic is so much fun for kids and it gives you all a chance to get out of the house for a few hours.
With a bit of planning, you can have a successful lunch that gives you lots of great memories.
Mihaela runs Best Toys 4 Toddlers blog and loves to come up with new ideas how to use old toys her 2 daughters keep leaving on the floor to slip over. She loves them despite the fact that they call her mommy few hundred times a day, and it makes her nuts.