Summer and picnic go hand in hand. But here’s a new twist to try. At this picnic, you won’t be seeking shade under a leafy tree. You won’t be spitting watermelon seeds and fending off ants. Now’s your chance for a winter-wonderful picnic in the snow! Just follow this plan with your child.
What You Need
- art supplies
- blanket (optional)
- cold weather clothing
- dishes and a basket or backpack
- Thermos filled with soup or hot cocoa; sandwiches or other tasty treats
What You Do
- Gather your guests.
Get out your art supplies and make invitations for friends and neighbors. To create a snowy scene on each invitation, try white paint on dark paper, torn white-paper shapes, or glued-on cotton balls.
- Dress for Success.
Bundle up in plenty of layers, so the cold weather won’t bother you.
- Heat it up.
Fill a Thermos with soup or hot cocoa to warm you up from the inside. Make your favorite snowy-day sandwiches or any other tasty treats you like. Grab some dishes, put it all in a basket or backpack, and you’re ready to go.
- Pick a pretty place.
Set off for a nice spot to spread a blanket. Perhaps a picnic table in your backyard or a nearby park? A big rock in a meadow or a cozy clearing in the woods? If the snow is deep and packable, you could even use it to sculpt your own table and chairs wherever you like!
Sit down, take a look around, and pass those plates. Or, if you still need to work up an appetite, warm up with some snow games. How about a round of freeze tag? Or “sardines”? (One person hides and everyone else seeks, crowding on top of each other in a growing pile as the hiding place is discovered.) Or you could get busy making some cheerful snow people to join your party!
Want a happy ending for your snow picnic? Make some snow ice cream!Activity by Kate Hofmann. Art by Brian White.