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Friday, July 29, 2016

Summer Picnic—Making it Fun and Memorable! by Trisha Roberts

Summer Picnic with the Family

Who doesn’t have fond memories of a summer picnic? Before the summer escapes, make some memories with your children!  It takes some preparation, but if you enlist the help of your kids, you can make it more personal, exciting and educational at the same time.

Plan a Day:  Will a week night work?  How about Sunday after church?  A Picnic Breakfast could be a fun choice!  How about a crazy midnight (or after dark) picnic under the stars?

Evening Picnic
Picnic Under the Stars!

Plan a Venue:  Is there a State Park or Recreation Center close by?  How about a shady tree on the lawn of your child’s elementary school? You could play on the playground later (check your school’s regulations regarding off-hour usage). Is there a lake close by with public access? The backyard is always a great option as well. Make sure to pack a large, washable blanket or tablecloth if a picnic table will not be available.

Plan a Menu:  How much time do you have to prepare? If you’re crunched for time, most larger supermarkets now have great Deli sections, so why not pick up some fried chicken, family-sized sub, a potato salad, coleslaw, bakery cookies, or fresh pie? If you have more time, let the kids help you plan a healthy menu and then enjoy making and assembling special treats together. Try some fun-shaped sandwiches using a large cookie cutter.  Make hard boiled eggs into exciting shapes with our Star Wars Boiled Egg Shapers! Pour a small amount of Ranch Dressing in individual plastic cups, add carrots and celery sticks and cover in plastic wrap. Cut cantaloupe, watermelon, or other fruit in cubes and skewer on small sticks. 

Picnic Food--Fruit Skewers
Fruit Skewers
                                                       Star Wars Egg Shaper for Picnics
Star Wars Egg Shaper

Finger Jello for Picnics
Finger Jello
Have you ever had Jello Jigglers (Finger Jello)?  They are easy to make by following this simple recipe:  
·        3 packages (3 oz. each) JELL-O Flavored Gelatin
·        4 envelopes KNOX Unflavored Gelatin
·        4 Cups boiling water
·        Mix all dry gelatins in large bowl; stir in boiling water until completely dissolved.
·        Pour into 13x9-inch pan.
·        Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Cut into small squares or other shapes by using a cookie cutter sprayed with cooking spray to prevent sticking.

Plan an Activity or Game: Bocce Ball is a classic game that even young children can play and is easily transported to the beach, park, or backyard. 

Play Bocce Ball
Bocce-Easy and Fun for the Whole Family

Bocce Ball for Picnic Fun

Take a Frisbee, kite, beach ball, or spill-proof bubbles.  If there are sideways or paths, why not take the tricycles along?  (See our great, Folding Tricycles that easily fit into the trunk of a car! Or our Glider-Balance bikes!) Take along the binoculars (or the telescope if you’re planning a night event!) for entertainment and education.

Take along a garbage bag to remove your trash and leave the area clean. 

Tell Yogi and Boo Boo Bear Hi!

Author:  Trisha Roberts

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