Finding activities to keep kids entertained can be difficult. If you're looking for something to do during the summer holidays, a simple yet exciting option is having a picnic. That's why we've found the best picnic ideas for kids.
Our top picks for picnic ideas for kids
- Teddy bear picnic
- Build a den
- Head to the beach
Under a tree at a national park
Don't just take it from us - we've found some incredible ways to have a family picnic on Instagram. These are simple yet effective picnic ideas for kids, which you can do in your local park or even round a family member's house.
We love the use of the chic rug instead of a picnic blanket. Not only does it look great, but you'll be able to easily grab one from your home before an impromptu trip out. Check out Paddling in Stilettos for more from this Korean feast picnic.
Now that you're full of picnic ideas for your kids, it's time to make this plan into a reality with the helping hand of some picnic essentials. Luckily for you, we've already found everything from lunch boxes to outdoor games to keep the whole family happy.
The best picnic ideas for kids
Instead of playing pretend, bring this play basket set along for the real thing. The 20 piece set is not only pretty in pink, but the cups, dishes and cutlery will come in handy for eating with.
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Review: "Bought for my 17-month-old goddaughter... She loves this! Even better that is small enough for her to carry around, easy for her to open and the items are metal, so no panicking about plastic snapping. The basket is hard-wearing, she literally takes it to bed with her! I'd 100 per cent buy it again."
Whether you've decided to head for the sand or just a patch of grass under a tree, this fun flying unicorn print lunch box is fantastic for keeping sandwiches fresh.
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 stars
Review: "Brilliant, love that it's made of bamboo rather than plastic."
OK, this isn't just another picnic set... This time you can take EVERYTHING you need for your day out in one hamper. Expect picnic essentials like porcelain plates, cups and spoons, a milk jug, teapot, napkins and a small blanket.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Review: "Bought this item for my daughter's second birthday. She loves it. Just have to be careful as it's made of China and I don't want it getting broken."
Instead of a traditional picnic blanket, bring along this doodle mat on your next adventure outdoors. Little ones will have fun drawing on it for hours.
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars
Review: "I love this for my little girl she loves drawing and is perfect for a gift too!"
Another alternative is this educational crawl play mat. Its soft foam design will give extra support for little ones.
Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars
Review: "Love this mat, and it’s great for the price!!! It’s a repetitive pattern on both side, and one doesn’t have all the letters of the alphabet, but there are enough spaces for me to draw on the remaining letters. So that’s a fun idea to do during quarantine as I am not planning to return it. Also, it is thin yet soft enough to cushion falls. Yet if the little one is learning to crawl, I would advise wearing a baby grow as the texture would be too rough for delicate baby skin if bare."
Food? Check. Blanket? Check. Something fun to do? Check this off your list with this super fun bubble-making kit. Children will love spending a warm afternoon creating gigantic bubbles.
Rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
Review: "This product was great! I loved it, and the kids loved it. The only thing is bubble solution doesn't go very far, and I bought two packets of these bubbles. Overall enjoyable, would recommend buying an extra bubble solution though."
Do the kids love having picnics when you're out and about? One of the best picnic ideas for kids is to bring the fun right into your back garden with this adorable picnic bench. It's colourful and big enough for toddlers to eat on.
Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars
Review: "Easy to assemble, only took 20 minutes. Very sturdy once up and my daughter loves it. Would definitely be okay for children up to the age of five. Not had any issues with it blowing away while windy, as long as you push the umbrella far enough into the ground, it should hold."
Curl up for a fabulous family picnic on this gorgeous nature-inspired picnic blanket. It has a soft top layer and a waterproof bottom - especially important for British picnics when you're never quite sure what the weather's doing. Little ones will be fascinated by all the insects and animals in the design.
Review: "I love this picnic blanket as it's lightweight and easy to carry on our way to the picnic spot, plus it's really easy to wash - really important when you're picnicking with little ones!"