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As part of our Tinkergarten April Calendar of Activities, we've cooked up a special activity to help families everywhere celebrate National Picnic Day on April 23rd.
From where we sit, any day you can stand to sit outside is a good day to dine al fresco with kids. The food always tastes better and a normal meal or snack is suddenly exalted from the mundane to the special once you move it outdoors. Plus, the whole experience is so much more than the meal—you get to plan, prepare, pack up, trek, eat and leave no trace. Read on to see how to engage kiddos in the joy and lessons each step can offer, then enjoy your next meal outside together!
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Gather your picnic team and wonder together where you’d like to go. Your yard? A local park? Adventure to a park or outdoor spot a drive or bus ride away? Then, check to make sure that green space is allowing visitors and allowing eating. Some green spaces are still restricted these days.
Whenever you can get out the door, head to your picnic spot. Pick a wildflower or two to make the spot feel special. Enjoy whatever outdoor play time you’ve got, then enjoy setting up for an outdoor feast.
Enjoy every taste and texture and notice how good everything is when you eat outside! We love to take a minute to share thanks for the feast, looking around to remind ourselves how much nature provides. While you are eating, enjoy the chance to connect and talk about what you are eating and whatever is happening around you.
Leave No Trace:
When you are done eating, help kids understand how to leave no trace. Leaving any litter harms the environment, but it’s also safe to assume that it’s not ideal for animals to eat our human food. To help kids leave no trace, we like to wrap up any leftovers in their food blankets (i.e. bandana) then place that bundle into a bag. When we get home, we just shake out each food blanket and either compost or throw out whatever was left from the picnic.