Packing for a Picnic
Plan a picnic with your child and stimulate your toddler’s brain—along with his appetite! Decide together when you will have your picnic. Will you have a picnic for dinner, lunch, or even snacktime!?
Involve your toddler in picnic preparation by having him help you decide where to have your picnic. Look at a map together (you can draw it yourself if your destination is nearby) and decide if you want to go to the playground, the backyard, the living room, or anyhwere else.
- Make a list together of food, drink, and the other supplies you will need for your picnic.
- Ask him to help gather or shop for items and pack the basket. While packing, help him count how many things go into your picnic basket. Say: We have four people coming to our picnic and each person needs a plate. Do we have enough plates?
- Continue counting when you set up you picnic and unpack your basket. If ants or other insects come to your picnic, count them, too!