– by Mary May Larmoyeux –
So far this summer, we have been fortunate in Arkansas where Jim and I live. We haven’t reached triple digits … yet.
Whether it’s too hot, too cold, or just right outside, it’s always time for an indoor picnic … especially if you live in the city. Just fill a basket with your lunch or dinner, and help the kids or grandkids pretend that they are in the great outdoors. Instead of sitting at a table, you may want to spread out a tablecloth on the den floor.
In the past, I’ve helped the grandkids cut some picnic “landscape” out of construction paper: bugs, some flowers and clouds. We glued some cotton to our cloud pictures, to make them more realistic.
Here are some more ideas about indoor picnics:
- Make a big sun out of yellow construction paper and hang it from the ceiling or on the wall. Hang a few white, puffy paper clouds from the ceiling, too. … Cut some ants out of black construction paper and scatter them around the edges of the blanket. … Lie on the blanket on your backs and watch your imaginary clouds and dream about real sunny days. (www.ehow.com)
- To make the indoor picnic seem more authentic, put up a toy tent and let the children sit in there. If the weather is wet, get the children to wear their rubber boots. When the sun comes out, they can all go outside and splash in the puddles. (www. picnic-basket.com)
- Start the fun by setting the scene. Will the setting be a picnic on the beach or a family picnic in the park? The choice is yours. … At the beach you have sand and umbrellas and bathing suits. Since you are indoors, participants may want to opt for shorts instead of swimsuits, but you can still have the rest more or less. Spread plastic seashells, buckets, and shovels around the room. Attach big colorful sun pictures to the walls on a rainy day to liven up the picnic. (www.mommyland.com)
Whether picnics or inside or outside, they can be a lot of fun! Do you have any picnic tips?
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Would you like some creative ideas listed by month that can help you connect with your kids or grandkids? Check out The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild’s Heart by Nancy Downing and Mary May Larmoyeux.