5 Book-Inspired Picnics

One of the best things about warmer weather is picnics!  Use one of these 5 ideas for making a book inspired picnic or create one of your own!

1. Curious George

Any of the Curious George books would work well for this picnic, but our favorite Curious George book is Curious George Visits the Zoo.  George gets in a little trouble stealing some bananas from the zookeepers, but he saves the day when he uses them to rescue a little boy's balloon.
  • Peanut butter and banana sandwiches
  • Monkey munch (granola)
  • Yellow Hat cheese slices
  • Jungle juice (juice or flavored water)

2. The Rainbow Fish

The Rainbow Fish is the classic story about how the Rainbow Fish learns that being beautiful is not nearly as important as sharing with your friends.  (See more activities for The Rainbow Fish)
  • Rainbow fruit kabobs
  • Wise octopus string cheese
  • Fish scales (crackers with a few wrapped in tin foil)
  • Sea water (any drink with fizz)

3. The Lorax
The Lorax by Dr. Suess is a classic and has a great message about ecology.
  • Lorax mustache sandwiches (pita or flatbread sandwiches)
  • Trees (broccoli)
  • Trufulla fruit (grapes)
  • Trufulla fruit juice (juice) or fresh butterfly milk (milk)

4. The 3 Little Pigs

Who doesn't love The Three Little Pigs???
  • Straw (Spaghetti salad-mix cold spaghetti with Italian dressing and fresh veggies)
  • Sticks (Carrot & celery sticks)
  • Bricks (Rice Krispie treats)
  • Wolf teeth (Bugles)
  • Pig punch (pink lemonade)
5. Hey, Little Ant

What's a picnic without ants?  This ant themed picnic would be perfect with any ant book like Hey, Little Ant, Ant and Grasshopper, or Two Bad Ants.
  • Ants on a log (celery spread with peanut butter or cream cheese and sprinkled with raisins)
  • Ants made from hard boiled eggs and straws
  • Ant antennae (pretzel sticks)
  • Bug juice (fruit juice)

What are your favorite picnic foods?

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  1. This is a fantastic idea! I'm particularly fond of your string cheese octopus :)

    Thank you for linking up to Learning Laboratory at Mama Smiles =)

  2. String cheese octopus is brilliant! I want that in my lunch.

  3. love these ideas. the octopus really is super cute. i actually had a thought of doing a Winnie the Pooh picnic for my mom this mother's day. she loves Pooh and being outside. so yeah, it works for adults too. :)


  4. What a cute idea! I will pin it to my collaborative Children's lit board.

  5. so cute... we are always looking for FUN HEALTHY snack and meal ideas

  6. Stopping by from KBN. You've got some really cute ideas here :) I love the Curious George one!

  7. What a great ways to tie in food with books! You are so creative with your food presentation. Kid will love this!

  8. Love this idea for so many reasons - literacy, outdoors, food and FUN! :-)

  9. So many great ideas and many of our favorite books. My daughter has been asking for a picnic. I think we will have to try at least one of these.

  10. such a great collection of ideas! pinning this!

  11. I think my favorite is the hard-boiled egg ant! Hilarious!

  12. I'm always thinking of extensions to do with books, usually art...but these are some of the cutest snack ideas:) I'm so pinning these with my book and activity board. You rock! Happy Teacher Appreciation Week! You deserve it:)

  13. Book Picnics- What a great idea! We'll definitely be doing these. Lunch is one of the few times of day that I can get both kids to sit still long enough to listen to a story together!

  14. What adorable ways to make meal time fun! I am featuring this tomorrow as part of my Kids Co-Op post.

  15. These are so creative! He kids must love it. Your ant is adorable.

  16. Everyone should go on a picnic and read a book. We love how you were inspired to create food projects! We included it @ theclassroomcreative's Summer Reading Activities. Enjoy your summer- Karen & Nicolette

  17. I love the idea of a book picnic!!


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