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Family Fun: Picnic Day and Games

Family Fun: Picnic Day and Games

Spring is well and truly underway, and there’s nothing quite like enjoying the magic of this transitional season with outdoor games and picnic day! If you’re blessed with a weekend with warmer and sunny weather, why not get outdoors and enjoy lunch or brunch in the shade alongside some cosy family games? Here are our top ideas for doing just that!

Prep that picnic!

Picnics are a pure joy of childhood. Cosying up on a family blanket and enjoying food somewhere new offers novelty - and often the fussiest eaters are more likely to partake when food is in a fun package and has an interesting bit of scenery! Nobodinoz have a lovely selection of picnic blankets and mats for just this. If you’re looking for ideas to fill up your picnic basket, BBC Good Food have a great selection of ideas and recipes.

Picnics have the potential to be wonderfully wholesome and tasty - or a little on the warm and damp side! To make the thought of a picnic a welcome relief, not a disappointment, make sure you pack up the right storage. We love Nobodinoz as a brand for providing chic, reusable and well-made storage bags to keep your tasty picnic fresh, and Haps Nordic for their fab range of transportable cutlery. 

Choose your games 

We are big advocates of board games here at Eeny Meeny, and we think they work beautifully with a cosy picnic. Whether you’re choosing to stay in the garden or perhaps going somewhere further afield, we have a great selection of games to choose from to keep the little ones occupied.

If you have pre-school aged little ones, puzzles are a good start. Londji have a great selection of pocket puzzles that are well suited to taking on the go. Those ready for a little more challenge might enjoy Londji’s wider travel size offerings such as the Postman Game, Save The Cat and Where Is The Cheese! Older children might enjoy classic games in travel size, such as Moulin Routy’s four in a row, or their lovely travel game collection. We particularly like Magnetic Battleships, and their miscellaneous game set.

Equally outdoor games work a treat in warmer months, such as this bowling game, this quoits set, or this active diabolo game! Perhaps reach for these more active outdoor games once little feet are getting itchy and in need of a runaround!

Choose your picnic spot 

All packed up with entertainment on board? Time to consider where to go! If you have very small children, you might stay local. Your garden, local park or green space will all offer plenty of things to see. Older children who are after more adventure might enjoy a visit to a National Trust or English Heritage property. Most large heritage houses have a lovely selection of gardens that offer ample picnicking space, with cafes on hand in case the snacks run dry. We love Visit England’s article on national spots if you feel like going ever further afield. 

Are you going to give al fresco board games a go? We would love to see your set-up - tag us on the socials so we can see what you have got up to!

Emily Hanson

Freelance Writer, Education and Play Specialist

Emily Hanson is a freelance writer with specialisms in education and play. Emily holds a PGCE and M.Ed from the University of Cambridge - although her proudest achievements are her two beautiful daughters.

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