A family picnic is an ideal way to spend a warm afternoon. Make the event more engaging for kids with picnic-themed crafts made from basic items you are likely to have on hand such as markers, paint, glue and decorations like stickers or beads. Even preschoolers are capable of completing these crafts.
A picnic-themed craft is also a learning opportunity when you incorporate the alphabet. Give kids sheets of paper with the letters of the alphabet written on them in large, block letters. Next to each letter kids write in a picnic item that starts with that letter, like ice cream for I or basket for B. Kids also draw a picture of the item.
Every picnic needs plates and cups. Have your little ones decorate the disposable items you plan to use. Give them markers or paints and have kids glue down sequins and beads for decorations. The children can even write names on items so guests know which plate or cup is theirs. Take care not to let children decorate the side that the food or beverage will touch, however.
Get your kids involved with the picnic fun by drawing up a set of menus that announce what guests at the picnic will be eating. The menus can be as simple or fancy as you like. Give kids some craft paper or construction paper and have them write out the picnic options using crayons and markers. Or, if the kids are too young to spell, let them draw pictures of menu items.
Ants on a Log
Make a picnic craft that can also be eaten as a snack. Everyone knows ants are the unofficial mascot of picnics everywhere. Have your youngsters make "ants on a log" by spreading peanut butter on celery sticks. Use a row of raisins pressed into the peanut butter to mimic the look of a line of ants.
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