“If you go down in the woods today, you’re sure of a big surprise
If you go down in the woods today, you’d better go in disguise
For every bear that ever there was will gather there for certain
Because today’s the day the teddy bears have their picnic”

Everyone loves a teddy bears’ picnic – including the teddies, of course!

The great thing about having a teddy bears’ picnic is that you don’t have to wait for the good weather to arrive - you can have one pretty much anywhere. It can be just as much fun whether it’s indoors or outdoors and is a great form of entertainment for little ones of all ages! You will almost certainly find that even the quieter children become engaged and animated when it’s time to get the teddies out and have some fun! Children just love to compare their teddies, play teddy bear games and of course, eat some scrumptious food.

With the warm weather upon us, here are some ideas for healthy, cold, tasty treats for your very own teddy bears’ picnic…and they won’t break the bank!

Ice lollies

Everyone loves an ice lolly on a hot summer day and the children can get involved with helping to make them. You can buy some lolly moulds and sticks easily in any household store. For a quick and simple lolly, make up some fruit squash, use fruit juices or yoghurts and put them in the freezer to set. You can also make more natural ice lollies by whizzing up in a blender strawberries, natural yoghurt or apple/orange juice and adding honey for sweetness.

Crudities for kids

There’s nothing like a delicious dip to tempt children to eat their veggies! Chop up some carrots, peppers, cucumber and celery – you could let the children make faces out of the different shapes on their plates! You can prepare in advance a couple of tasty dips which can be enjoyed by children and adults alike - some easy to make healthy dips can be found here.

Two-ingredient strawberry ice cream

Ice cream is usually a firm favourite with children and this delicious vegan-friendly, gluten/dairy free, and no added sugar ice cream is sure to be no exception! You can prepare the fruit in advance by chopping up a punnet of strawberries and 4 or 5 bananas. The children can help by placing the fruit into zip-seal freezer bags and sealing them tight, being careful to squeeze out the air without squeezing out the fruit! Freeze for 6 hours, break up into chunks and blitz in a blender until it is the consistency of a smoothie. Pour it into a big dish, cover and freeze for a further hour. The children can then spoon the ice cream straight from the freezer and serve it to each other in a cone or in a cup. Don’t forget the sauce and sprinkles!

Fruit and vegetable teddies

Cut up some fruit and vegetables into different shapes. You need some round shapes to be the head and body, and some longer, thinner shapes for the arms, legs and ears. Get the children to make some edible 2D teddies on a plate. For example, you could use half an apple for the body; some celery for legs and arms; a slice of orange for the head and some grapes for ears. Don’t forget some raisins for eyes! Use your imagination and see what lovely teddies you can create.... but sorry, teddy.....you’re going to get eaten!

Sugar-free still lemonade

Lemonade is loved by children everywhere – not so much by parents and carers when it is packed with sugar! Let the children get messy with this sugar-free, non-fizzy lemonade which is fun to make. Use a natural sweetener like honey and add a couple of tablespoons to a cup of 5 or 6 freshly squeezed lemons. Add this to a jug of iced water and a few squeezed limes too.

For more healthy summer food ideas, read our top tips for favourite fun summer food activities including making your own here.

If you want to learn more about diet and nutrition, or refresh your existing knowledge, why not take a look at our eLearning CPD course “Diet and Nutrition” here?

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