Pack a Picnic

Pack a Picnic lesson plan

  • 1.

    Picnics elicit fond memories. Talk with children about picnics they remember. Who was there? Where was the picnic? What did they eat? Write their words on a chart, and read them.

  • 2.

    Build anticipation for this all-pretend picnic. Why not hold it in midwinter, at an indoor ;beach,; and everyone wears summer clothes? Use a big picnic basket and a blanket. Sing the Teddy-bear picnic song.

  • 4.

    Pretend you’re going on a picnic. What will you pack in the basket? With your group, make a list of everything, such as plates, potato salad, and chicken to grill.

  • 5.

    Create everything on your list with construction paper. Use Crayola® Scissors (4 and older) or tear paper (for lettuce leaves?). Use Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayons to draw details. Use heavy layers of shades of brown, for example, to make crunchy c

  • 6.

    Decorate your picnic plates and napkins. Can you bend paper to make a cup? Seal your cup, and other pieces, with Crayola® Glue Sticks.

  • 7.

    Write your name on each item, and then pack the basket for an adventure.


  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Talking
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Healthy Habits
  • Social & Emotional: Making Friends
  • Social & Emotional: Pretend Play
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Problem Solving