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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, August 13, 2010

Is it time for an indoor picnic?

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Friday's Grand Connection Fun
by Mary May Larmoyeux

The grands are coming over on Saturday and it's too hot to go outside. Way too hot! We've been having temperatures where Pops and I live in the 100s!

Well, I think it's time to take out the old plastic tablecloth and have an indoor picnic. I'll fill a picnic basket with the kids' dinner, and Pops and I can help them pretend that they are sitting at a picnic table in the great outdoors.

And it might be fun to have the kids cut some picnic "landscape" out of construction paper: the sun, some clouds, flowers, etc. (Doing that should occupy them for a while.)

Here are some more ideas about indoor picnics:

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)

Indoor picnics can be a lot of fun!

Do you have any picnic tips?

Have a great weekend,
Mary May Larmoyeux

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Sharon Ball said...

My hubby and I used to do indoor picnics. So romantic!

Mary May Larmoyeux said...

Sharon, that's a great idea for grandparents who want to add a little sparkle to their lives!