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Highlights@Home: Pack a Picnic

In this Highlights@Home collection, we’re inviting you to Pack a Picnic with your family! Sometimes in the summer, it’s the simple, time-tested activities that call to us—and this is one of them. Picnics are as easy as pie to pull off, especially if you use some of the suggestions we’ve included here.

It’s hard to say what’s more important in a picnic—the food or the fun. Well, don’t worry. We cover both bases—and your kids can help with the prep. From fun fancy sandwiches to easy picnic games, these ideas will give kids a chance to show off their creativity. Not only that, you’re reminding them that even though this summer may look different than they thought it would, fun can always be found.

One of the best things about a picnic is that you can stage it anywhere — in your backyard, at a park practicing social distancing, and even on the living room floor if the weather doesn’t cooperate. It’s a simple way to turn an everyday meal into a warm memory for your family.

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3. Read a Story

What did Kari and her mom see on their picnic in the woods? Read this story in both English and Spanish to find out. Then ask your kids to describe a time they saw a wild animal outside. 

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5. Make Silly Sandwiches

Get creative with your ingredients and make sandwiches into fancy flowers, funny faces, or whatever else you can imagine! Then pack them up to bring on your next picnic.

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6. Do Something for Others

Have your kids try one of the above ideas or come up with a few of their own!

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7. Write, Draw, or Talk About It

Invite your child to pick one or both of the above prompts. Then record, document, or save her creative work.


What kind of sandwich are you? Try out this quiz to find out! Then check out other fun quizzes on