Picnics are also a great way to encourage children to take an active role in preparing food & picnic supplies, as well as offering them an opportunity to try different foods in an outdoor setting. I think even the most faddy eater can be tempted by something on a picnic.
As we're celebrating the start of the 2012 Olympic Games we thought we'd create an Olympic themed picnic, with healthy snacks & a few tasty treats to keep any sports fan happy.
Here's what our sporty picnic contained, but I'm sure you can think of 101 other ideas which your kids will love too.
First up we've got our Triple Jumper Sandwich.
Using a round cookie/scone cutter we cut out 3 circles from slices of bread (2 multigrain for the outside & 1 brown for the middle) to create our triple layered sandwich. We filled one half with tuna & the other with salad as these are Minnie's favourites.
Next we added our mini Olympic pizzas (recipe for these is coming up later)
To help refresh us in the heat we added these tasty Patriotic Fruit Skewers.
To add a little crunch to our picnic we used carrot sticks to create relay batons, & breadsticks to represent javelins/pole vaults. Cherry tomatoes made ideal mini shot puts, & for our tasty Winners Fruit Salad we used chunks of pineapple & mango for gold, honeydew melon for silver, & cantaloupe melon for bronze.
We had to include one of our edible medals
And as an extra treat we added some athletes (Jelly Babies) along with coloured rings (Guzzle Puzzle sweets)
A fun sport themed picnic to enjoy with friends.
Why not hold your own mini Olympics after you've enjoyed your picnic, for ideas of wacky games check out our Fun Family Challenge.