Spending time with your family is an important part of life, but with everything being so expensive these days it can be a little difficult finding something to do that is cheap and suitable for the whole family to join in with. The Teddy Bears picnic is by no means a new concept, but as with many things, the old ones are the best. Having a picnic with the whole family, a selection of delicious food and the beautiful British countryside is a wonderful way to spend a day and will certainly not hurt your bank balance.
The first step is so easy and really depends on where you are based, how far you want to travel and what the weather is like. National Trust properties are a favourite picnic destination because they offer benches, shelter from rain, beautiful views and even shops and toilet facilities. Plus, they are spread out across the country, offering something for everyone. However, you don’t even need to leave your own home if you don’t want to. A garden picnic is a lovely experience and means you won’t be stuck in the middle of nowhere looking for a toilet. Some people choose to simply drive around until they find somewhere suitable and really, there is no right or wrong answer to the picnic destination question. Find somewhere comfortable to sit with shade and sunshine and you will be set for the day.
A picnic doesn’t have the same feel if you don’t get everyone involved in the preparations. There is no reason everyone can’t contribute, no matter how young they might be. The youngest can spend their time performing the very important teddy bear selection process; deciding which ones are best to bring along. Someone else can get the picnic hamper basket ready and another can prepare the blankets and cushions. If each member of the family has a purpose it will feel like more of a success when you finally come to sit down and enjoy the sunshine and food. Try to choose healthy food that will compliment the weather. This is all part of creating healthy habits and if your children see you preparing a healthy and tasty salad then they are more likely to repeat this behaviour when they are grown up with a family of their own. Plus, food always tastes better when it is homemade.
Now, onto the most important part of the picnic experience, the teddy bears! This is a day for everyone, no matter how old they are, so make sure that adults and children alike bring their favourite teddy or toy. You might have trouble convincing any teenagers in joining in with this section, but once they realise how happy it makes their younger siblings they will see the value of the trip. Games and stories are an essential part of the teddy bear picnic, so go prepared. Naturally, a favourite book would be the popular ‘A Teddy bears Picnic’ and the whole family can join in with singing this song, but think up some other games that might not be expected. Hide and Seek, Duck Duck Goose and Grandma’s footsteps are all popular favourites that are sure to provide an afternoon of fun.
Having a fun day out with the family should be part of everyone’s childhood and a simple picnic is one of the easiest, cheapest and most fun ways to spend a day or an afternoon. Use your imagination when it comes to location, food and entertainment. As the children get older the teddy bears are often forgotten, but a picnic is suitable for people of all ages.
This post was written by Elizabeth A. Wright. Elizabeth is a professional writer, but one of her favourite pastimes is finding wonderful gifts for her friends and family and personalising them to ensure they are perfect. She writes on behalf of PersonalisedPressies.
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