Throughout the spring and summer seasons, we eat at least one meal a day outside…sometimes all three!
While daydreaming of warmer days, with the help of Skip Hop (Kids Activities Blog sponsor), I am planning and scheming for our next picnic.
We are going to have the best picnic season this year!
Kids Picnic Ideas
The insulated Forma Pack & Go Diaper Bag was what we used for a picnic bag and chevron Central Park Outdoor Blanket pictured above is from Skip Hop. The picnic bag is the perfect size for meals-on-the-go. The chevron picnic blanket makes picnic cleanup a breeze!
- Winter Picnic – Don’t let the weather stop you from enjoying a festive picnic outside! I love how My Nearest and Dearest had a picnic in the snow.
- Teddy Bear Picnic – Invite all the stuffed animals to the living room blanket for what is sure to be the best indoor picnic ever! This cute idea is from Kitchen Counter Chronicles.
- Permanent Picnic – I love this idea from Creative with Kids to set up a permanent picnic location in the yard. There will be no excuses!
- Traveling? Save money on restaurants and have a picnic at the hotel. Great idea from Peanut Blossom.
- Family movie night – move the movie outside. Have a picnic of popcorn and pizza with a projector and a sheet for a night of memories.
- Tailgate in the trunk of your car. We like to do this near the airport so the kids can watch the airplanes, or before fireworks.
- Have a silly picnic in the bathtub. Your kids will giggle and think it’s hysterical – and you can rinse out the mess when you are done!
- Have a picnic inside a fort for a fun meal.
Ways to Pack a Picnic with Kids
- Pack Chili in a Jar for your next park picnic with the kids! Love how it is contained – all you need is the jar and a spoon – from Living Locurto.
- Bring your meal in bags..IN a bag! Paper bags make a great “buffet” for your kids to pick a meal of snacks from.
- Plastic Easter Eggs make terrific snack containers. Your kids will love discovering a new snack in each egg. From Kailo Chic.
- Are you looking for a disposable sippy cup? Grab an old soda bottle. We transformed one for our outing using a screw driver to punch a hole in the lid. It was the perfect width for a straw to fit in tightly.
- Use the cans as cup holders for your drinks. This tip is brilliant from Positively Splendid.
- Tin cans are super versatile. You can use lids, they are sturdy, easy to wash and if you loose one not a big deal. Make a “bar” with a collection of cans for your picnic. From Cheryl Style.
- Muffin Tin Meal – pack little bites of this and that in a muffin tin and cover with tin foil for transport. It becomes a open and ready buffet!
- Package sandwiches for a group in wax paper. Wax paper helps keep sandwiches fresh and works as a great sandwich handle to keep hands clean.
Perfect Picnic Ideas for Family Lunches
- Cup of Salad – Grab some favorite ingredients and create single serving salads to take on the go. This genius idea is from Recipe Sweet.
- Is is t a roll? Is it a Sandwich? It’s a Meatball-Ball Sandwich and boy, it’s yummy! And perfect for an on-the-go picnic.
- Teddy Bear Sandwiches - My Nearest and Dearest made the cutest teddy bear shaped sandwiches that are perfect for a teddy bear picnic.
- These roll-up sandwiches from Lessons Learnt Journal are super easy to make – only need 2 ingredients for the dough!
- These muffin pizzas are super easy to make. Use packaged biscuits, pepperoni, and cheese – yum! From Foodelity.
- Egg Bread Boats are high in protein, easy to transport and super tasty! Great recipe from Tablespoon.
- Eating food off of a stick just makes a meal more fun! Our kids love eating Lunch on a stick.
- We like to make big batches of these lasagna cupcakes – they freeze well and are perfect for road-side picnics when you are traveling.
- Not all sushi is well, sushi! Make your picnic lunch more fun with these Sushi variations.
- These Hand pies take time to make, but they are super easy to bring on a picnic!
- I love the convenience of the mini-box lunches. Here is a site that is chock full of DIY Lunchables ideas!
- Our absolute favorite picnic “lunch” is when I make a batch of corndog muffins. The kids go beserk for them and I never have enough. Ours never look as pretty as the ones from Macaroni and Cheesecake, but they are tasty!
Power Picnic Snacks for Play
- Fruit Salad Ice Cream Cone – Take all the makings of this lovely dessert from Bakers Royale.
- Make a fruity quesadilla. All you need is a tortilla shell, bananas and nutella – yumm!
- Don’t Forget the Ants – Ants on a log and other ant-themed items from Total Tippins Takeover puts a giggle into the thought of bugs.
- Jello Roll-Ups – This treat from The Joy of Jello is precious to look at and I know my kids would gobble it up.
- Stack snacks in a cup – use cupcake liners to separate the “foods”. It’s perfect for eating out-and-about.
- Bring your snack-to-go stacked on a stick. Kids love to eat foods off a skewer.
- Who says you need to “go” to picnic? Surprise your kids with a silly picnic pajama breakfast - from Inner Fun Child.
- Waffle Sandwiches – Instead of using bread for your sandwich, make a batch of waffles. Spread on peanut butter or cream cheese and add some fruit for a tasty breakfast.
- Mini-Omlettes. These are made with a muffin-tin with hash browns.
- These homemade pop-tarts may not be a “healthy” breakfast, but they look yummy! Your kids can even have fun and make a pop-tart puzzle with their breakfast.
- These Egg-in-a-jar breakfasts portable and gluten-free! From Paleo Leap.
- Have a fun outdoor breakfast with a collection of fruit and waffle sticks.
- French Toast sticks are an easy breakfast. Instead of syrup which can leave a sticky mess, try using a little cup of yogurt or almond butter. From Fox Hollow Cottage.
Fun Picnic Activities and Tips
Picnic set from Skip Hop – Outdoor Picnic Blanket and Cooler bag. It’s perfect for outings with the kids!
- Make Bubbles – Use this simple recipe from Smockity Frocks to create the perfect bubble solution.
- Read a Picnic Book – Here are a list of a bunch of kids books about picnics from What Do We Do All Day.
- Faux Picnic Food – Anytime is picnic time with these really adorable DIY felt foods from Red Ted Art.
- Sidewalk Chalk Picture Race – This will surly have picnic-goers in a heap of giggles! Check out how to play over at Smockity Frocks.
- Make your doll a lunch box so they can enjoy the picnic with you – all you need is a mint tin. From Inner Child Fun.
- Keep your food cool with a DIY Icepack – grab a sponge, make it wet, throw it into a ziplock baggie, freeze it and viola – you have an icepack!
Sweet Picnic Treats
- Pie in a Jar – This sweet treat from Babble not only looks delicious, but is packaged in a way that would be easily transported!
- Rocky Road for the Road – This yummy treat is the perfect thing to pack up and take with you to the picnic. It is from Nurture Store.
- Watermelon Krispie Treats – These are precious from Glorious Treats and would make any picnic – indoor or outdoor – much more festive!
- This is a fun way to slice a watermelon. Make Watermelon Sticks. They are easier for young tots to pick up and eat.
- Serve pie-in-a-cup. The idea is to layer the various ingredients, crust is on the bottom, add levels of filling and a pie topping on top. From Inspired Camping.
- Monster Apple Faces. Slice a section out of the side of an apple, layer with peanut butter or cream cheese and decorate! Your kids will love these silly faces.
Oh so many ways to picnic!
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