As long as the sun is shining and there is a park nearby there is no reason to spend up big to keep your kids entertained these school holidays. We have everything you need to make your day at the park full of fun.
Essential items to pack:
- Picnic rugs and/or chairs
- Rubbish bag
- Esky for the cold stuff
- Sunscreen and hats
What to pack in your picnic basket:
If you are planning to spend the day at the park it is best to stock up the picnic basket with yummy treats to keep up the kids’ energy while they play. For minimal effort you can simply pick up a BBQ chicken, some bread rolls, and spread the mayonnaise for a scrumptious lunch. If you want a little more of a selection Essential Kids has some great sandwich combinations, including Roast beef and roast tomato, Open smoked salmon sandwiches, Honey soy chicken rolls for you to make.
With lunch taken care of there are a few other treats you can pack for the day. As the weather gets cooler in the autumn months it is a great idea to take some delicious hot chocolate to warm up the kids throughout the day. Other treats you can make in advance include our popular Milo muffins, savoury scones and some healthy fruit kebabs.
Fun activities to play:
Print-off our Park scavenger hunt activity for the kids to explore the park with. This I-Spy game is designed to get kids outside to enjoy nature. Essential Kids has created this activity to suit children in school years 2-4. The activity has seven items that are easily found in the park. The kids simply need to discover, tick off the list and snap a picture.
Set up a game of Tug-of-war. Take along your own rope and tie a flag or material in the middle of the rope. Find a nice level grassy area to play on. Use something to mark the middle on the grass.
Depending on how long the rope is you need to measure about two metres from the middle on each side of the rope and mark off with the tape. When the taped section of the rope crosses the middle marker on the ground that team has lost.
Pack a bag full of sporting equipment such as a soccer ball to kick around with the kids, a Frisbee to throw and some cricket stumps, ball and bat to play with. These classic outdoor games are always a hit and a great way to get the family all playing together.
If your kids are a bit younger you could pack some chalk and play a game of hopscotch, or search the park for a good supply of sticks and get everyone in a circle for a game of pick-up-sticks.
Most of all remember to have fun with the kids. Get involved with their games and you will be surprised by just how much fun you have.
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Pack a bag full of sporting equipment such as a soccer ball to kick around with the kids, a Frisbee to throw and some cricket stumps, ball and bat to play with.