Smarter Mom: Family Picnic Fun
When was the last time you were on a picnic? If you're like me, it has been a long time mainly because a picnic for the whole family just sounds like a lot of work. I'm here to say it's not as bad you might think. True it's not as easy as ordering pizza takeout, but it's worth the effort and is a lot of fun.
Plan: Start the pre-picnic fun at home, and get the kids as involved as possible. We tried to do a picnic activity everyday. One day we baked cookies for the picnic; another we packed games, and played pretend-picnic.
Pack: We consolidated as much as possible, and brought a cooler and a picnic basket. We packed sturdy plastic dishes, utensils, and glasses. (As well as a big trashbag to tote the dirties home in.)
Have Fun: The best part of a picnic is it's outside, so kids can be kids and play. Also bring something for when kids don't feel like running around. A "creative bucket" (paper, markers, stickers) always provides entertainment. I'm also obsessed with this adorable fold-up kiddie picnic table; it's a picnic-must if you can fit it in your car.
Any picnics planned this summer?