A real family picnic

picture of teddy bears eating their picnicThe time you spend with your children is so precious. I love getting creative, planning activities for us all to do as a family. There is something quite wonderful about creating family memories. Children are not little for long.

This week I planned a teddy bears picnic. I think daddytwinlife thinks I have lost the plot, with all the effort I went to for this picnic! But hey, I absolutely love seeing the kids faces light up and enjoy themselves. That’s what we have kids for isn’t it?

We had to have the picnic in the garden, as the weather (typically) was looking a little dodgy.

I wanted to involve the whole family, which is what made it a real family picnic. We all made teddy bear and butterfly biscuits the day before. I always find gingerbread biscuits are the best, because children absolutely love playing with the dough, rolling it out and cutting out shapes etc. It is such a great family activity! BB wanted me to take his photo, as he was so proud of his teddy bears!

picture of children making gingerbread teddys

I  baked teddy bear fairy cakes. I made a batch of ordinary fairy cakes and iced them with chocolate butter cream. I added chocolate buttons for their ears and muzzle, followed by icing on some features with coloured icing. Miss Pink was so desperate to get the pink one!

picture of teddy bear fairy cakes

We made honey sandwiches, cut in bear shapes, as well as small butterfly shapes for the children’s teddy bears to eat.

picture of teddy bear sandwiches

BB helped make some buzzy bees. They  were made out of peanut butter, Weetabix, honey, powdered milk and then features added (An Annabel Karmel recipe). I think they look quite authentic (well, as authentic as you can get with a bit of peanut butter).

picture of peanut butter buzzy bees

Lastly, we had a forest on our plate (ok, so that part was not my finest work, but the children thought it was great and it meant they got to eat some veg too). I blanched some broccoli for the tree tops (as I don’t think they would have eaten them raw), used carrot sticks and bread sticks for the tree trunks and humus for the earth/mud under the tree. BB thought it was hilarious!

picture of veg as a forest on a plate

The children laid out the blankets and set the places for their teddy bears.

After the food, the kids washed up their teddy bears plates etc, which is also a great fun activity.

picture of children washing up

Daddytwinlife made a den for us all to sit in and read bear stories.

picture of a homemade den

I printed off some bear masks, so the kids ran around the garden chasing each other pretending to be bears. They had such a great time!

picture of children playing with bear masks

I think the teddy’s had a great time and enjoyed their food. I know my kids did, there was nothing left! They were so excited! They haven’t stopped telling everyone they’ve met over the last few days about their teddy bears picnic!

I went to a lot of effort for this teddy bears picnic, but it was really worth it. The children enjoyed it so much! I might even do it again in the summer!

This has definitely been a magical memory I will keep forever!

I hope I have inspired you to think of a family activity you could do together.

Do you have any activities planned? I would love to hear what family things you get up to…….

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11 Responses to A real family picnic

  1. Jaime Oliver says:

    awww this is amazing!! i love it! i am planning some picnics when the weather picks up (hopefully) there is nothing more magical than a teddy bears picnic!

    Thanks for linking up with #magicmoments

  2. Aw what a lovely picnic! :)

  3. A beautiful Teddy Bear Picnic. Please come and join me for Country Kids. There will be a new linky on Saturday or this week is open till tomorrow night

  4. Brinabird says:

    Oh my goodness what a great picnic. You go mum you are like super awesome :) Looks like they had so much fun and I loved how you got them involved in everything!

  5. jenny paulin says:

    goodness that’s a teddy bears picnic and a half!!! I adore all your fabulous food making – the bee rolls and the teddy shaped sandwiches, cupcakes and biscuits are brilliant. what fun for the children to help make the food to eat at their picnic x

  6. What a fabulous picnic! The expressions on their faces always make the effort with it :)

  7. Mudpie Mama says:

    This is lovely with loads of creative ideas. I love how much effort you all put in. What a lovely magical memory to share :)

  8. Natasha says:

    This is absolutely amazing! I really love your ideas and my kids would too I’m certain, you have certainly inspired me to make our next picnic as fun as yours x

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