Packing up a Picnic: Activities and Recipes for Kids

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Pack a basket; we're going on a picnic! But picnics can be more than just a summertime event, and can definitely be more than the same old fried chicken and potato salad. Authors Rick Walton and Jennifer Adams present dozens of new ideas for picnics any time of year, with interesting new recipes and lots of fun games and activities to do while picnicking. Somehow, food tastes better when it's eaten outside. With Packing Up a Picnic, kids can grab their favorite foods, head to a ...
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Overview

Pack a basket; we're going on a picnic! But picnics can be more than just a summertime event, and can definitely be more than the same old fried chicken and potato salad. Authors Rick Walton and Jennifer Adams present dozens of new ideas for picnics any time of year, with interesting new recipes and lots of fun games and activities to do while picnicking. Somehow, food tastes better when it's eaten outside. With Packing Up a Picnic, kids can grab their favorite foods, head to a park, spread out the blanket and chow down!

Packing up a Picnic offers ideas for new and unusual picnics with themes that encourage fun, learning and creativity. Each picnic includes an introduction, a list of supplies and items to bring, and a menu with recipes and hints on making and packing the food. The authors also include some general picnic requirements and things the planner should know, such as the best picnic container, what to put your picnic on, what to eat your picnic with, and other handy things to bring, such as mosquito repellent, sunscreen and moist towlettes for easy cleanup. Plus, the authors discuss germs, food storage and how to avoid getting sick by handling food in the right way.

Including these unique picnic themes:

Breakfast Picnic

Bicycle Picnic

Haunted Picnic

Snow Picnic

Mystery Picnic

Beach Picnic

Drive-in Picnic

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gwynne Spencer
Seven usual kinds of picnics fill this sixty-four page, kid-sized book (6" x 8"), including "Breakfast Picnic," "Bicycle Picnic," "Haunted Picnic," "Snow Picnic," "Beach Picnic," "Drive-In Picnic," and a "Create-Your-Own Picnic." After a brief introduction which covers basic information about keeping foods warm/cool, finding a good spot, and what equipment to take, the text of each chapter includes a menu, cleverly themed recipes, and activities that might be more typically found at a birthday party setting (I Spy, Red Light Green Light, Balloon Race, Scavenger Hunt, and Simon Says). Little jokes and riddles, and tidbits of information are offered up in sidebars and balloons by jaunty red ants. Plenty of illustrations and decorations fill the empty space on the pages of this fun-filled book which joins similar titles in the "Activities for Kids" series, which includes Cooking on a Stick (cookouts), Sleeping in a Sack (campouts), Trekking on a Trail (hiking), Wishing on a Star (storytelling and stargazing), Haunting a Halloween (spooky fun), Fishing in a Brook (angling), and Riding on a Range (Western fun). This series would be a nice addition to expeditionary-oriented classrooms up through high school, as well as for elementary and middle school Waldorf and Montessori programs.
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Gr 3-6-Packing Up contains suggestions for menus, locations, games, etc., to make a picnic an adventure. The recipes aren't particularly innovative, but their presentation is, and the ideas for activities and the plans will be especially useful to children looking to go beyond the backyard. The second title has instructions for making various types of improvised stoves and cooking containers (e.g., muffins baked in hollowed-out orange rinds cooked over hot coals). Everything from gathering firewood to preparing wax-based fire starters is covered, along with setting up a campsite. The recipes require a great deal of adult supervision and often don't include basic sanitary recommendations (like washing poultry and hands thoroughly or giving temperatures that food should reach in order to be safe to eat). While these books do make the topics child-friendly and include an initial safety warning, very few illustrations include adults, and, unfortunately, children might be tempted to try things on their own.-Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586857783
  • Publisher: Smith, Gibbs Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/21/2006
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 6 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Rick Walton is the author of dozens of books for kids, including his popular books introducing language arts concepts: Once There Was a Bullfrog, Why the Banana Split, and Herd of Cows Flock of Sheep. He often plays his guitar happily. Rick and his family live in Provo, Utah. For more info visit www.rickwalton.com

Jennifer Adams is the author of more than two dozen books, including the board books in the bestselling BabyLit series, which introduce small children to the world of classic literature..

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Read an Excerpt

Let's Picnic!

Summer is a wonderful time for picnics. So is spring, fall, and winter. Grab your favorite foods, head to a park, spread out the blanket, and chow down. Somehow food seems to taste better if it's eaten outside.

But not every picnic needs to be eaten in a park, and not every picnic basket needs to contain fried chicken and potato salad. Picnicking is an opportunity for fun and creativity.

In this book you will find seven fun, creative, unusual picnics for kids of all ages. There are also lots of easy recipes for yummy food-the star of any picnic.

What You Will Need For Your Picnic:

A picnic used to be a meal where everyone brought some food. It didn't become an outdoor event until the nineteenth century.

Each picnic will be different, but you should always take the following:

Something to hold your picnic-a picnic basket, bag, box, cooler, or something else that will easily hold your picnic.

Something to put your picnic on-a blanket, a sheet, or a tablecloth.

Something to eat your picnic with-paper plates, paper cups, plasticware, and napkins.

Things to keep you safe and healthy-mosquito repellent, sunscreen, and hand sanitizer.

Something to clean up with-moist towlettes, paper towels, and a small sack for garbage if there are no garbage cans nearby.

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Table of Contents

Let's Picnic

Breakfast

Bicycle

Haunted

Snow

Mystery

Beach

Drive in

Creat Your Own

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