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Go on a Snowy Picnic
Summer and picnic go hand in hand. But here's a new twist to try. At this picnic, you won't be seeking shade under a leafy tree. You won't be spitting watermelon seeds and fending off ants. Now's your chance for a winter-wonderful picnic in the snow! Just follow this plan with your child.
  • art supplies
  • blanket (optional)
  • cold weather clothing
  • dishes and a basket or backpack
  • Thermos filled with soup or hot cocoa; sandwiches or other tasty treats
Step 1
Gather your guests.

Get out your art supplies and make invitations for friends and neighbors. To create a snowy scene on each invitation, try white paint on dark paper, torn white-paper shapes, or glued-on cotton balls.

Step 2
Dress for Success.

Bundle up in plenty of layers, so the cold weather won't bother you.

Step 3
Heat it up.

Fill a Thermos with soup or hot cocoa to warm you up from the inside. Make your favorite snowy-day sandwiches or any other tasty treats you like. Grab some dishes, put it all in a basket or backpack, and you're ready to go.

Step 4
Pick a pretty place.

Set off for a nice spot to spread a blanket. Perhaps a picnic table in your backyard or a nearby park? A big rock in a meadow or a cozy clearing in the woods? If the snow is deep and packable, you could even use it to sculpt your own table and chairs wherever you like!

Step 5

Sit down, take a look around, and pass those plates. Or, if you still need to work up an appetite, warm up with some snow games. How about a round of freeze tag? Or "sardines"? (One person hides and everyone else seeks, crowding on top of each other in a growing pile as the hiding place is discovered.) Or you could get busy making some cheerful snow people to join your party!


Want a happy ending for your snow picnic? Make some snow ice cream!

Activity by Kate Hofmann. Art by Brian White.

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