Have you ever been hanging out on a lazy summer day and wonder what you could do with the littles that does not require leaving the house? There is something I do with my littles that they absolutely love and requires very little effort. A picnic! I do not want you thinking that you have to do anything elaborate or even head outdoors if it is raining. A picnic with your littles can be simple, it can be fun, and it can take minimal time clean up. Sound good? Let me tell you how!
I am assuming that you eat lunch, your littles eat lunch, and you have to make their lunch every day they are at home right?
Are you ready for the directions on how this works? It’s easy, I promise!
Step 1 Take the lunch you make and carry it outside to the grass or the front porch, or even the living room floor. Take a tablecloth and spread it out on the floor, ground or porch. Sit on the floor with your littles and eat lunch! That’s it, well almost…..there isn’t really much else you need but to make it even more fun and last a little while longer proceed to step 2.
Step 2 Bring a coloring book and crayons or a fun outdoor game to where you are having your picnic. I have a bean bag toss I scored on clearance a few weeks ago. Spend an hour or two eating, laughing and playing games with your littles. Let them bring their stuffed animals and have a teddy bear picnic, or in our case a dragon picnic. Make it fun! This is something your littles will enjoy and will remember for years to come. Remember keep it simple, fun, and just enjoy the time with your littles.
I usually pack easy sandwiches like cheese, turkey, or almond butter and jelly. Cut into fun shapes or at least remove the crusts from the bread for cute tea sandwiches.
Pack a side dish like fruit cups, an apple, some goldfish, yogurt tubes, anything they can eat without making too much of a mess.
Drinks, I use cute cups with straws and lids that I have collected but you could use reusable water bottles and put juice, milk, or flavored water into the bottles or cups.
Something sweet if you allow your littles to have sweets. Maybe a cookie or a granola bar!
Pack it all in a basket or even a box to make carrying it outside a breeze. Use the same box to pack everything back into when you are finished eating for an easy way to clean up.
Another fun idea on a rainy day would be to make it a movie afternoon and eat on the living room floor with a lot of pillows, blankets and popcorn! Enjoy these last few weeks with your littles before school starts!