Terrific Kid-Pleasing Picnic Ideas
Pack a basket with treats kids make themselves for outdoor eating adventures
Think no-cook snacks and bite-sized finger food
Say "picnic" to children and watch their faces light up. Magic happens when meals are eaten in the open air. Maybe it's eating in a different place--outdoors, on the ground--with no table or chairs! Maybe it's the special picnic food, the easy-to-transport-and-nibble treats. Even spontaneous rainy-day picnics inside on the family room rug guarantee delight. Kids also adore the opportunity to cook, so double the fun by letting them prepare their own picnic goodies.
Make these kid-friendly picnic favorites
Picnic foods kids make themselves needn't be complicated. Think no-cook snacks and bite-size finger food, simple sandwiches, cheese sticks, fruit and veggie chunks, drinkable yogurt cups, and you're there. A little adult supervision is the trick to get things ready.
Buy these picnic essentials, too
Ensure kids have a super-fine picnic by packing these basics in their basket:
Judith H. Dern, an independent writer living in Seattle, is especially fond of picnics on warm summer evenings before performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.