Now is the ideal time for a family picnic!
No school for a few weeks? Then you can take some time off to enjoy quality time with your partner and children. Take out your picnicware and head out for a picnic.
This is the perfect bonding time for your family. You get to experience the warm weather, maybe some nature or at least a different scene - and at the same time spend some quality time with your loved ones.
Picnics in childhood linger in the memory for ever (at least mine did!) so they are an excellent way to share meals with your kids and give them happy memories.
A family picnic is informal. You should pick somewhere with plenty of space for the youngsters to romp about without ruffling anybody's feathers!
An ideal place would be in a large public garden or local park where there’s room to frolic.
A stretch of open heath is good for playing football, a beach for kite flying or wooded countryside for games like hide and seek.
The destination is not as important as spending time together though. There’s no need to plan a long-distance trip – the children will not thank you for being cooped up in the car for more than ten minutes!
You want to convey a sense of freedom in being outdoors together and the simple pleasure of eating a family meal under the open sky.
The picnic activity could be a simple game of catch or rounders or throwing a ball for the pet dog.
Of course you can choose from other picnic games especially if you want a more structured style to the event or other families are joining your picnic.
The children will enjoy the picnic more if they can be involved in the planning and preparation from the beginning. Just one small task each is all that's needed so make them feel they have contributed to the event and that they are an important part of it.
Naturally the tasks allotted will depend on the ages of the children but here are some suggestions:
Don't give each child too much to do and decide on a time when the tasks should be completed.
Remember the idea of a family picnic is to have fun and spend quality time together.
Just put together some quick picnic recipes because the most important thing is for the whole family to have fun - this is the main purpose of your picnic.