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Mary is the co-author of The Grandparent Connection: 365 Ways to Connect With Your Grandchild's Heart.
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Friday, April 17, 2009

Indoor Picnics

Friday's Grand Connection Fun
by Mary May Larmoyeux

Well, two of the grands are coming over for the weekend, and Pops and I are really looking forward to spending time with them! But there's a problem: It's supposed to rain allllllll weekend.

So much for having an outdoor picnic ... looks like we'll be inside.

I googled "indoor picnic" to see if there are any ideas out there that could give a little life to a blanket on the floor, a picnic basket and paper plates. Well, once again, cyberspace didn't disappoint me:

Make a big sun out of yellow construction paper and hang it from the ceiling or on the wall. Hang a few white, puffy paper clouds from the ceiling, too. ... Cut some ants out of black construction paper and scatter them around the edges of the blanket. ... Lie on the blanket on your backs and watch your clouds and dream about real sunny days. (www.ehow.com)

To make the indoor picnic seem more authentic, put up a toy tent and let the children sit in there. If the weather is wet, get the children to wear their rubber boots. When the sun comes out, they can all go outside and splash in the puddles. (www. picnic-basket.com)

Start the fun by setting the scene. Will the setting be a picnic on the beach or a family picnic in the park? The choice is yours. ... At the beach you have sand and umbrellas and bathing suits. Since you are indoors, participants may want to opt for shorts instead of swimsuits, but you can still have the rest more or less. Spread plastic seashells, buckets, and shovels around the room. Attach big colorful sun pictures to the walls on a rainy day to liven up the picnic. (www.mommyland.com)

I think our indoor picnic could be a lot of fun! I'll share some pictures with you in a later post.

Do you have any indoor picnic tips?

Have a great weekend,
Mary May Larmoyeux
author of Help for Busy Moms: Purposeful Living to Simplify Life

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Karen Jordan said...

How was the picnic?

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Hi, Karen! We're having the picnic tonight. So far we've painted, watched a BOZ video and made an indoor "restaurant." The grandkids are taking naps now. I'm reminded once again why young moms are tired! - Mary