I can think of few summertime activities that are more fun for a family than a picnic. Adults love them, children love them – even pets love them! Your children in particular will take great delight in a family picnic on a nice summer day. One problem people run into is that children do not always like to eat “adult food”. If that is the case, then you can prepare picnic food ideas for children that they are sure to enjoy. These three ideas below, when combined, can make for a complete and tasty picnic for children, be it at the park, in your home, or at school.
Picnic Food Ideas for Children: Classic PB&J Sandwich
Any discussion about picnic food for children has to start with the classic kid sandwich of all time: the peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Children love these simple yet tasty sandwiches, and you will start to love them too due to the short amount of time and fuss that it takes to make them. All you need is two slices of bread, peanut butter, and jelly. My favorite type is strawberry, but to really mix it up, make the sandwiches with strawberry jelly on one side and grape on the other. Mix and match flavors. That way, you can cut the sandwiches in half and let the children trade with each other for their favorite flavor, or let them be adventurous and sample a two-flavor PB&J. Either way, it should be a fun twist on an old classic.
Picnic Food Ideas for Children: Desserts
Desserts are must-have items for a kids’ picnic. One of the best ones you can have is watermelon. Just grab a watermelon and some paper plates and you are in business. Kids love watermelon because it is tasty and easy to eat. You will be reassured to know that it is mostly water, and is a good way to hydrate your children – especially if it’s a hassle to get them to drink enough water.
Another great choice is to let them make their own ice cream desserts. Bring a sampling of ice cream flavors – like vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, etc. Bring an assortment of toppings too, like strawberry sauce, chocolate sauce, caramel, sprinkles, sliced strawberries, sliced bananas, gummy bears, crushed Oreos, etc. Then, give each kid a bowl and let them make their own sundae. They will definitely be into this activity – and will be more than happy to eat their handiwork.
Picnic Food Ideas for Children: Apples and Caramel
One of the best ideas for a nice, healthy snack is to bring apples and caramel dipping sauce. You can either buy some pre-made dipping sauce at the store, or make your own. To do this, take some caramel candy blocks and melt them in a saucepan over low heat. Then, you can take some green apples and slice them, and bring them along with the caramel. The kids will then have a tasty yet nutritious snack to hold them over while they play.