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July 24, 2013

What To Include In A Picnic For Kids

Packing a picnic for kids to enjoy isn’t as simple as you might at first think; there’s the question of making a healthy yet enjoyable meal which will travel well and remain appetizing even after a couple of hours in a rucksack or the boot of you car! Whether you add treats such as freshly made coconut cake or thoroughly healthy options which only include fruit and fresh salads, you will need to make sure that there’s something to suit all tastes.

Whether you’re packing your picnic in a traditional hamper or in a cool bag, ensure that it is packed in suitable containers and that you include some freezer packs to keep everything at a good temperature. There’s nothing worse than melted icing and warm cheese sandwiches! A good tip is to seal anything which can leak inside a plastic bag, this can save your whole meal from getting soggy if something should be less than watertight!
Kids enjoy a little of everything so it’s no use packing a big meal with not much wiggle room; pack a variety of small servings with differing ingredients so that there is something for everyone.


  • Little sandwiches with a mix of fillings such as ham, cream cheese, peanut butter and jam will appeal to a wide audience!
  • Small boxes of salad such as cherry tomatoes, lettuce and cucumber slices can be eaten alone or added to sandwiches; this has the added attraction of helping to stop soggy sandwich syndrome!
  • Nuts; a selection of nuts is a good idea as long as there are no nut allergies to watch out for.
  • Crisps and crackers; good for those who don’t really do sandwiches; they appeal to toddlers too!
  • Fruit salad: make a fresh fruit salad in a large Tupperware box; bring a pot of cream to add to it but be sure that it’s kept nice and cold!
  • Cakes such as slices of coconut cake, fruit cake or lemon slice are lovely on a warm summer’s day.
  • Juice and water. Freeze a few small boxes of juice and as they melt they will turn into cooling, slushy drinks which kids love!
Kids love eating out of doors so they will usually eat a little of everything they’re offered, especially if you provide paper plates for them to munch from and lay everything out on a nice picnic blanket.
Some tips for a successful picnic with kids are as follows!
  • Take plenty of wet wipes for sticky hands!
  • Bring a spare set of clothing for kids in case of spills!
  • Take a bag for your rubbish.
  • Don’t forget a flask of tea or coffee for yourself!
A picnic for children should of course include plenty of fun so be sure to bring along some outdoor games such as balls, bubbles, kites or water pistols; if you are going to be near water then don’t forget a fishing net and a bucket and spade as well as insect repellent, sun hats and sun cream!


David O'Ryan has written a range of articles about children and food. He is a lover of eating outside and can think of nothing better.

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