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Age Range: 3-5

Skills/Subjects: Related Episode:
Arthur's Cousin Catastrophe
Pretend Picnic
Draw favorite foods for a make-believe picnic

  • art supplies
  • child-safe scissors
  • glue
  • magazines containing pictures of food
  • paper plates
Picnics are wonderful opportunities for families to spend time together and, of course, eat great food!
  1. Discuss: Have your children share what they know about picnics. Ask: What food would you want to bring to a picnic?
  1. Illustrate: Have your children draw pictures on paper plates of what they would like to bring to a picnic. (You draw your favorite food, too.) Older children can cut pictures from magazines and paste them onto the plates.
  1. Enjoy: Have a pretend picnic with your children. Role-play picnic behavior, like setting up a blanket, enjoying the weather, and talking about the great food.
Take It Further
Organize a real picnic with family and friends. See if adults might be willing to contribute a dish for everyone to enjoy. (With adult help, kids can contribute simple snacks, too.) At the picnic, encourage everyone to talk about the food they brought. You may even be able to note the variety of dishes, and how that reflects different cultures within your group.

Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1