If your child is anything like mine, being outside is the only place they want to be. It could be snowing, raining, or winds at 60 mph and my daughter will be getting her shoes to head outside. Because she’s two, I know it’s going to make for a much happier afternoon if I bundle up and head out with her if only for a short while. Because of this love of the outdoors, I’ve created an on the go picnic kit that I keep in the entry closet for our quick trips to the park.
Here’s what you need to prepare your on the go picnic kit:
- Quick protein (I’ll often make a quick PB&honey sandwich but you could also use a granola bar or peanut butter crackers)
- Fruit (hassle free such as grapes, blueberries, raspberries or strawberries)
- Veggie (hassle free such as celery, carrots, cherry tomatoes or cucumbers)
- Juice drink (our go-to is Capri Sun Organic)
- Toys (ex. chalk, bubbles, frisbee, kite, trucks, dinosaurs)
- Picnic blanket
- Sunscreen or bug spray
- Picnic Scavenger Hunt Printable
I keep my on the go picnic kit stocked with everything but the food and toss the food in our insulated back-pack on our way out. I wash and prepare fruits and veggies on Sundays so they’re an easy snack throughout the week. This makes our picnic food choices easy and healthy for playing outside. Sophie is a picky eater so I’m always sure to pack foods I know she’ll eat when we go on our picnics. She loves Capri Sun Organic because of the taste but also the fact that she can easily carry it and insert a Sophie-sized straw. I love it for its minimal ingredients, no added sugar and no high fructose corn syrup.
Although we definitely love the picnic food, we also love enjoying the outdoors. One of my favorite things to do with Sophie is watching her observe something new. The wonder she finds in ordinary objects is so refreshing. The last time we went to the park, rather than playing on the playground, I wanted to watch her discover nature (with a little help from Mom) so I created this simple scavenger hunt. Print out the printable below and watch the wonder or excitement your child exudes while discovering nature.
Next time you’re at the store, get a few extra picnic supplies that you can keep in your on the go picnic kit. Be sure to pick up Capri Sun Organic as a quick grab-n-go juice drink for your trip. Capri Sun Organic is available at retailers nationwide for $4.29 per 10 pack of 6-oz. pouches in the following flavors: Fruit Punch, Tropical Punch, Apple, and Grape!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.