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Splash Into Summer: Picnicking with your Toddler





Our Splash into Summer series continue and today it's all about picnicking with your toddler. Today we plan on giving you some tips on how to create a really nice picnic for and with your toddler both indoors and outdoors.

It's been a long hot summer and guess what? It's not over yet. Instead of staying indoors how about a picnic? Yes! A picnic doesn't always have to be at the beach or somewhere terribly exotic or expensive. You can have it right in your own backyard but if you live in the city like some of my readers do you can even have an indoor picnic. But how do you get your little one to join in the fun and help out?

Give your toddler her own little basket and let her fill it with whatever she wants to in there for the picnic of course. Give her options and let her choose and don't be like my mommy. She gives me options and then say "this will be better for you". That's not letting me choose mommy!

If your toddler is anything like me, they might get very upset when you do that. So give them healthy options and please once again let them choose. 

Here are a few playtime activity you might want to think about:
  • If you're indoors spread a blanket on the ground. What's a picnic without a blanket? You can also do that outdoors as well. We little ones like laying on blankets especially outdoors. 
  • Make up your own games which us toddlers love to delight in. I especially love it when mommy pretend to be an animal. She makes the most silly sounds. This will help with animal recognition and is also fun. 

  • Having a big bouncy beach ball is perfect for both your indoor and outdoor picnic. We may not be great catchers but who doesn't like to throw or kick or whatever you do to a ball. This in turn helps out a lot with our hand to eye coordination. 

  • If you are doing an outdoor picnic and have a sandbox, pretend you're at the beach. I love digging around in the sand and I'm sure your little toddler would too. 


What about food? Well here are a few healthy choices:
  • Fruits such as grapes, cherries, strawberries, apple slices, bananas etc. Any fruit your toddler may love. Be careful with small pieces because you don't want your little one to choke so supervision again comes in handy here.
  • Baby Carrots and Cherry tomatoes are great veggies as well. I love to eat cherry tomatoes.
  • Cheeses. I especially love the string cheese so these are always around for me.
  • For drinks it's a better option to do 100% juice boxes instead of canned sodas and include milk if your toddler likes it as well. If your toddler can't drink from a straw then a sippy cup would have to do. 
  • If you're doing sandwiches, cut them up into cute and adorable shapes with a cookie cutter or those delightful FunBites if you own one.  
  • And be sure if you're outdoors to have water available as well and to make it extra special stick some fruit in it to give it some flavor. Your toddler would be so intrigued with the fruits floating or sunk to the bottom that might not even realize that they're drinking water. 

What about friends? Well if your toddler has no siblings or friends who can come along to your picnic you can always invite your stuffed animals. They would love to join in on the fun too. 

If you are planning an outdoor picnic I also encourage you to use the necessary summer safety precaution that we mentioned in our Summer Protection Guide


Once again we hope our little guide has been helpful in you creating what we call a Toddler's Picnic Party. 

The Splash Into Summer series runs from July 7 through July 27. Check out the other posts in this series from this fabulous group of bloggers: 

Sundays - Colleen from MommieDaze
Mondays - Tammy from Zucchini Summer
Tuesdays - Nicole from Momma on Wheels
Wednesdays - Katie from Gift of Curiosity
Thursdays - Michelle from The Paper Vine
Fridays - Terra from Life as a Field Trip
Saturdays - Madison from Growing Up Madison
Annmarie John
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  1. Love it! Just waiting for some weather to do that kind of stuff with my toddler (its been close to 100 degrees for the past week!)

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    1. Yes we've heard about the heatwave in NY. It's been pretty mellow here so mommy's pretty happy she's not in NY now even though she misses it. Try to keep cool. :) ♥ Madison

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  2. This is such a great advice. My kids love picnicking.

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    1. Hi Jacqui, your kids would surely love for you to take them on a picnic this week. *hint hint* :) ♥ Madison

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  3. My 7yo loves picnics, and this reminds me that we haven't been on one in quite a while. Thanks for the great ideas! Might be a great day for a picnic!

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    1. Everyday is a great day for a picnic I say. Have fun with your 7yo. :) ♥ Madison

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  4. Great tips for picnics with little ones! We are going on a picnic today!

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    1. How fun! Enjoy your picnic today! ♥ Madison

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  5. I always have picnics with my little guys :). I have learned to leave my lab at home she tends to steal all the food when we leave the picnic area.

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    1. haha that sounds like something my pets would do as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  6. Very creative in a tough situation. Brilliant ideas to keep the little ones engaged in the choice of foods and activities.

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    1. Thank you Gary. Are you a picnic lover? ♥ Madison

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  7. I would take my boys on a picnic but the weather is just to hot right now for them to be outside for an extended amount of time.

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    1. aww Victoria, then you can always do an indoor picnic. Change it up a little. :) ♥ Madison

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    1. Aren't they delicious! I love them a lot. :) ♥ Madison

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  9. Summer picnics =) Maybe we will get to do that if it doesn't get too hot this weekend, it's been a real scorcher! Though I try to avoid bringing the stuffed animals out, with boys we get away with trucks and plastic toys! Have a great weekend =)

    Stephanie
    http://BeeTreeStudios.com

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    1. Hi Stephanie if it gets too hot you can always do your picnic indoors and that way you can have fun with the trucks and plastic toys. Hope you'll have a great weekend as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  10. Picnicking is a fun and inexpensive activity. Great advice! I wish my kids were still toddlers :( They grow up way too fast!

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    1. It sure is Yvette. Definitely lots of fun. :) ♥ Madison

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  11. I never thought about using a plastic pool for a sandbox. I don't have a lot of company over because I don't think my house is fun but this gives me some ideas.

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    1. Hi Chrissy, we're glad you got some ideas from our post. :) ♥ Madison

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  12. Everyone loves a picnic! You can have an indoor picnic all year round!

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    1. I do agree Kim. You can have a picnic whenever you feel like, all year round! :) ♥ Madison

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  13. Great tips. What I like the most is you can have a bonding with our kids without too much spending! :)

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    1. That's another great tip as well Mira. Love it :) ♥ Madison

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  14. I love the idea of creating a fake beach with the sand.. lovely tips Madison ♥

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    1. Thank you Sukie. Are you a lover of picnics as well? ♥ Madison

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  15. Fun ideas! Have a splashing fun summer, Madison!

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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    1. Thank you Lorelai. Hope you're having a splashing one as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  16. Thinking about being outside is painful - and sweaty. We have done a number of indoor picnics here, and the kids just adore them. Just a few days ago, my 9 year old was lamenting how he loved our indoor picnic we had 2.5 years ago. Can you believe that?

    They do love picnics outside and we go to the park and have them. The kids and Dad also had an backyard camping trip, where they had a campfire in the backyard.

    Unfortunately, I don't like the heat. So if it is at all hot or humid, we opt for the indoor variety.

    Thanks so much for this post and all of your awesome ideas!

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    1. Thank you Lisa. Mommy prefers the indoor ones as well because she doesn't like the heat either. I love being outdoors in all types of weather. That backyard camping trips sounds like it was a lot of fun as well. Hope you're having a great weekend. ♥ Madison

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  17. Great post, actually planned a picnic for tomorrow!x

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    1. That sounds awesome. Have fun! ♥ Madison

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  18. What a cute ideas! I love picnics. My husband and I take them all the time with our furbabies. :)

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    1. Yes picnics sure are a lot of fun! I'm sure your furbabies enjoys them as well. ♥ Madison

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  19. My kids love, love, LOVE picnics! I am going to make shaped sandwiches next time, like you suggest.. That should be fun! We tried our backyard but my kids like the change of scenery.
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. They will surely love those shaped sandwiches. I think you will all enjoy it. Have a great weekend as well. ♥ Madison

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  20. thanks for all of the great ideas and tips

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  21. It's been dangerously hot and humid but we're due for a cooler spell this week while my daughter has camp and I have been thinking about bringing her on a surprise picnic. I better pack string cheeses too. She tends to eat three at once! What's your record?

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    1. I'm happy that its finally going to get cooler. My big sister is in NY and she's complaining that its too hot. I'm sure you daughter would love that surprise picnic. I haven't yet eaten 3 at once my record is only 1 1/2. Not even 2. Your daughter got me beat. :) ♥ Madison

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  22. dang girl how do you rack in so many comments. do tell and share your secret? What am I doing wrong?

    Looks like your little one has fun and you always enjoy time with her I know and blogging about her.

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    1. Yes mommy and I do have fun together and I'm sure you're doing nothing wrong. :) ♥ Madison

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  23. It's been too hot out lately for any outdoor activities, but hopefully, it will be nice to do something like this soon!

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    1. Well an indoor activity would be great if its too hot outside. They'll love it just as much. :) ♥ Madison

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    1. That's great Tammy. I love them as well. :) ♥ Madison

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  25. Great post! Very useful advice. :) Thanks for sharing!
    We love picnics with our toddler, great way to get out and get some fresh air. It's always such a fun time for us all. :)

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    1. It is such a fun time for everyone. Happy that you stopped by. Will you be doing a picnic with your little one soon? ♥ Madison

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  26. I really enjoyed this post. Everything sounds like so much fun. Pinned this to my summertime board since it's too hot to even dream about a day outdoors. Can't wait to try some of your ideas. :)

    Glad that you linked up at the Journeys of The Zoo bloglovin' hop this Thursday!

    Rhonda, YVSG
    ~ Your new follower

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    1. Thank you Rhonda. Well you can always have your picnic indoors as well you know. We've heard about the heatwave going on so we suggest you stay cool. :) ♥ Madison

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  27. Those picnic ideas sound wonderful. Grace loves eating anywhere but at the kitchen table, so this would be a perfect treat for her! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such a sweet comment!
    Lana @ Monday's Nugget

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    1. I think it will be a treat for both of you. Hopefully you'll try some of them out. :) ♥ Madison

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  28. Great post! Stuffed animals are essential to most toddler activities, aren't they? LOL

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    1. Yes they sure are Terra. You can't live without them. :) ♥ Madison

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  29. Very nice post! Great tips :) I will use them when my baby boy will grow up :)
    Have a nice day, Madison! ;)

    Makeup Demon blog
    Makeup Demon Bloglovin

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    1. I hope you do, you will both enjoy it. :) ♥ Madison

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  30. I love the idea of bringing stuffed animals in a picnic. That would be so cute.
    A Hint of Sunlight

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    1. Yes since we already include our stuffed animals in our tea time activities why not a picnic? :) ♥ Madison

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  31. Excellent food tips! Picnics are such a fun way to eat with kids. We do an indoor picnic for supper about once a week and the kids are a lot older than toddler age. :)

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    1. That sounds delightful. I'm sure they enjoy it. :) ♥ Madison

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  32. My youngest is obsessed with sand right now :) He loves sand boxes! Great tips!

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    1. Thank you Ann. I love playing in the sand too. I get to pretend that I'm at the beach. :) ♥ Madison

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  33. These are some fun tips. I like the idea of the fruit in the water for the kiddos. We do impromptu picnics all summer long, but I should plan a more fun one with special foods and invite friends (real or stuffed).

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    1. The fruits do make it taste really good. Try cutting some strawberries in half. They will love it. :) ♥ Madison

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  34. We love picnics too, and one of C's favorites is Cherry tomatoes :-)
    Domesticated Breakdown

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    1. Yes Cherry Tomatoes are really pretty good and I love veggies. :) ♥ Madison

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