Why do you think picnics are so special? It seems like almost everyone loves a picnic.
I read books to my children when they were little. One was The Twins’ Picnic by Mary Landis. As a grandma, I now put that book in the bag I take over for reading time with Nathan and Melanie’s children. When Abigail, who is 9, was little we discussed how much fun it would be to have a picnic like the twins’ picnic and act the story out.
We started that before 2013 because I have notes in the front of the book for that year with a special notation to check out the start year by looking back through our blog, although I have never actually done that.
We plan a day for our picnic, and I collect the supplies. On the appointed day, we start by reading the book.
Then I assign a character from the book to each grandchild, making up some new ones since there are more grandchildren than book characters. I narrate the book, and they say and act out what their character does.
I make notes in the front of the book to remind us of the previous year — things like who was old enough to participate, who played which character, and what we ate. We like to vary the menu just a little bit while still staying true to acting out the book.
This year we had the picnic on our front porch for the first time. That was a cooler, shady place for us.
Our twins’ picnic is a simple activity for me to do with grandchildren, but it is one they enjoy and look forward to each year.
Trusting in Jesus,
“He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of
righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalm 23:3).