James Brewster is at it again. Maybe I should say Uncle Rocky and his brave nephews are saving the day again. Picnic from the Glad to Do It! series is another winner that will have your kids celebrating everyday heroes even more than usual.
Because every little boy wants to be a firefighter. And Mr. Brewster knows how to make it exciting.
Picnic Activities for Kids
In this latest adventure, Ben and Luke are at a picnic with their parents, Uncle Rocky, Officer Jack, and the first responders’ girlfriends. When Ben and Luke see a boy fall out of a canoe and not surface, the gang works together to save the boy’s life. With wonderful descriptions of how first responders react to dangerous situations, this picture book is sure to have your kids starry-eyed about helping those in need.
Grab a fun free language worksheet all about picnics!
Although they aren’t featured in the picture book, what is a picnic without ants? This fun unit will teach your kids some very cool ant facts and give them a chance to show off their knowledge.
The children are spending time in a canoe when things go wrong. And since there’s nothing more fun than having your own canoe…
What you need:
- Thin cardboard (such as a cereal box)
- Cream-colored construction paper
- Brown craft paint
- Fast-drying craft glue
- Lit Mama’s Canoe Template
What you do:
- Print out Lit Mama’s canoe template
- Use the template to trace the canoe pieces on the cardboard and cut them out
- Glue the sides and the bottom together
- Paint your boat brown; set aside to dry
- Cut a small square from the paper and cut the sharp ends off of a toothpick
- Fold your square in half and place the toothpick into it end first like an oar handle
- Holding the toothpick inside the paper, put a dot of glue near the top to fasten the toothpick to the paper
- Cut the paper into triangle shapes for the oars
Have a picnic!
What could be better than having a picnic and reading this book outside?
- Grab my husband’s recipe for thickburgers here
- Add some tortilla strips and yummy guacamole
- Throw in some cole slaw, hotdogs, corn on the cob, and deviled eggs
- Top it off with delicious apple pie cups
There are tons of fun things to do in this book. Try a few and get your kids actively engaged. Especially if you’re on a picnic.
Listen to Stayin’ Alive by the BeeGees
- Practice CPR techniques along with the song.
- Or just dance. Because dancing is always fun.
Play Running Bases
- Set out 2 bases about 40 feet apart (or cones or pick 2 trees)
- Assign 2 players to be the catchers and have each stand at a different base
- All other players line up at one base to start
- The runners try to get to the opposite base without getting tagged by the ball as the catchers throw the ball back and forth
- Runners who get tagged become catchers
- Choose teams of at least 2 people
- Mark a long rope (10-20 feet, depending on the number of players) in the center with masking or other tape or a flag
- Mark the ground under the center of the rope. This will be the winning line.
- Teams should line up on either side of the flag leaving about a foot of space between the first player and the flag
- On go, both teams pull on the rope until 1 team crosses the winning line. The team who crosses loses the game.
- Mark a starting line on the ground
- Pick a spot where the race will end
- Race to the end spot. Whoever gets there first wins!
It’s getting close to being perfect picnic weather, y’all, so I don’t know what you’re waiting for! Go grab a copy of Uncle Rocky Fireman: Picnic and do this thing.
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