Archive for July 19th, 2011

The summer is fully in effect and the sun is shining high! What better way to take advantage of a sunny day than with a picnic? The components are so easy to make that kids can do most of the work themselves. The biggest challenge is organizing and packing everything so that it arrives at the destination intact.

Here are some fun ideas to include in your picnic! Kids love to help put it together…it could be in your backyard, nearby park or even at the beach! My niece, Ella, loves to do a mini “fruit picnic” after her summer day camp!

Veggie Time!
Wash vegetables, then pat dry so they’ll stay crisp. While an adult chops celery and peppers, kids can snap green beans and put cherry tomatoes and vegetables into plastic bags.

Party Mix
Go through your pantry for dried fruits, nuts, and other bite-size sweet and salty snacks. I love dried bananas and cranberries, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, chocolate chips, raisins, pretzels, cashews, and peanuts. Put a handful of each into a large bowl, and then stir gently. Store in a hard-sided container to keep ingredients from getting crushed.

Graham Sandwiches
These delicious treats are a no-bake alternative to sandwich cookies. To make, spread homemade or store-bought frosting between two graham cracker halves; I love to use store bought chocolate frosting for some, vanilla for others, or both. Stack and store in a hard-sided container.

Pack Fruit in Baggies
I love to pack crisp grapes or plump strawberries for the trip! Throw ‘em in a baggy and go.

Sandwich Assembly Line
Set up a sandwich-assembly line, making sure each sandwich gets bread, meats, cheese and lettuce and even mayo if your kiddo is into it. Make sure to wrap them in wax paper… Seal the sandwiches with different colored stickers; that way you can tell at a glance which is turkey and which is ham, etc. 


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