National Picnic Day & Outdoor Learning
“There are few things so perfect as a picnic eaten in perfect comfort.” – W. Somerset Maugham
National Picnic Day gives you the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather to take a lunch break and do some outdoor learning! There are lots of ways that you can incorporate a picnic outing into your homeschool with some educational elements, or take the opportunity to spend some family time together and relax. Check out these fun ways to turn something as simple as a picnic into a valuable part of your homeschool living.
Friends and Family Picnics
Picnicking has obviously evolved over time, but did you know that the practice dates back over 500 years? Check out PicnicPeople.com for the origins of the term, various ways picnics have been a part of society through the years, and more.
Picnics are a great way to get out of the house, enjoy some sunshine, socialize with family and friends, get some exercise, and even do some outdoor learning. Packing a picnic lunch to enjoy during a hike is a great way to incorporate some physical activity into your outing. Or, a relaxed leisurely picnic meal in a park might be the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon. However you picnic, check out these five reasons you should picnic with your kids.
The best picnic food is notoriously simple, easy to transport, and requires little in the way of preparation immediately prior to eating. This makes picnic foods a great way to introduce cooking and food preparation to younger children. A lot of picnic foods are prepared and served cold, so you can avoid cooking with a hot stove or oven. These 18 easy picnic ideas for kids include some fun ways to jazz up your picnic fare with recipes for easy finger foods like ice cream cone fruit cups, no-bake granola bars, and pizza pinwheels portable pizza.
This blog post from AllProDad shares ten things to do on a picnic. From burning off energy with active games and singing, to practicing outdoor learning by examining the natural elements around you or flying a kite, to taking the time to engage with each other and practice gratitude, you’ll be ready to picnic over and over again through the year.