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Quick and Easy Picnic Ideas for Families
Picnics are a great way for families to create lasting summer memories together, but to parents who are trying to get some work done, they sometimes can seem like a complicated expenditure of time, best saved for special occasions. However, picnics with kids don't need to be elaborate. In fact, a simple picnic can be just as much fun as one that took hours to prepare.
These four simple picnic ideas will make your next outdoor meal quick and easy. And that means you can picnic more often!
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Pack Your Own Picnic
Many hands make light work! So having everyone make their own food can make picnic prep go a lot easier on the adults. And it's amazing how satisfied kids can be with a simple meal when they prepare it themselves. It's important to teach kids cooking, and prepping for a picnic can get kids excited to work in the kitchen. And this could be a first step in teaching kids to pack their own school lunches.
Don't forget to have the kids fill a bottle for a drink or maybe even make batch of... this fresh lemonade. Throw in some fruit and veggies and a bag of chips. And you're ready to go.
If your kids are too little to pack their own, have them help with something simpler like putting veggies in a bag or adding items to the picnic basket. And each time you take a picnic give them a slightly more difficult task, so they can learn to help.
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Supermarket Stop Picnic
For super simple picnic prep, grab your picnic basket then stop at grocery for everything else. If you have time, you may want to pick up stuff up earlier in the day. But kids don't usually mind a very targeted trip to the grocery, especially if the payoff is a picnic.
Along these same lines would be getting take-out pizza, subs or fast food. Doesn't matter where the food came from; it's still a picnic if you eat it outside! We do a "supermarket-stop picnic" at the pool... frequently. Since it's at the pool, where there are tables, chairs and bathrooms, I don't even bother with the picnic bag. This is what I buy:
- Deli fried chicken
- Juice boxes/water
- Paper towels
- And, maybe, French bread, chips or pretzels
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Kids love to dip stuff, and this picnic is really easy. (The dipping picnic is a good candidate to also be a supermarket-stop picnic.) Simply buy a selection of dips and things to dip such as fruits and veggies, bread, chips, pretzels, cookies, cheese chunks and crackers.
A sweet dip for dessert and dips with a little protein, like hummus, add variety to ranch or bleu cheese favorites. You may also want to bring along cheese sticks, cubed cheese, summer sausage or some another protein source. And... don't forget the drinks and the napkins!
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Yes, grilling sounds complicated, but it doesn't have to be. Go to a park that provides grills. Choose something to grill that doesn't require a lot of different condiments and can be eaten with fingers or on bread. Sausages, marinated chicken or pork chops are good choices. (Burgers are probably not the easiest choice since people may expect condiments, cheese, pickles, tomatoes, etc.) Make your sides simple finger foods like fruit, chopped veggies and chips.
If you are going to grill,... you will need more stuff. Bring:
- Charcoal, lighter fluid
- Lighter or matches
- Grilling utensils
- Aluminum foil
- Paper plates