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Summertime Picnics

Summertime, kids, and picnics are meant to go together. Having a picnic doesn't have to

be reserved for a day out at the beach or park. Kids love to eat outside, especially if it

means they don't have to stop playing to come inside and get cleaned up. If you are

going to have a picnic during an outing, be sure to practice food safety, have ice packs

in with the food or coolers and be vigilant for the safety of others around you during July 4th weekend celebrations.

Picnics can be as simple and easy as peanut butter and jam sandwiches with apples to as

complicated as fried chicken and potato salad. It all depends on how much time you have

and the preferences of those you will be serving. But whatever you make, let the kids

help you prepare.

If your little ones are active, you can prepare a picnic that consists of all finger foods. Let

the kids come and go as they please have a snack here and there as they need it. Some

easy finger foods for a picnic include:

* Cheese and crackers

* Vegetable sticks (carrots, tomatoes, and cucumber)

* Ants and dirt (fill celery sticks with peanut butter and top with raisins)

* Fruit

* Deli meat

* Hard boiled eggs

Even if none of your children are in diapers anymore, having baby wipes or another wet

wipe on hand after a picnic is necessary. They help with clean-up before and after eating.

They also can do double-duty to clean off the picnic table at a park before you use it.

Paper plates are practical but if you use them a lot they are an added expense ñ you can

pick up a plastic picnic set that is easy to wash and can be used over and over throughout

the summer.

Not nice enough outside for a picnic? Who says you can't have one indoors too!

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