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Packing a Picnic Lunch

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  1. Cards (cardstock or index cards)
  2. Markers
  3. Bread
  4. Peanut butter
  5. Jelly
  6. Cheese
  7. Mayonnaise
  8. Mustard
  9. Plastic baggies
  10. Celery and carrot sticks
  11. Individual boxes of raisins
  12. Cookies
  13. Juice boxes
  14. Paper lunch bags
  15. Large picnic basket


  1. Let the children take an active part in the preparation of their picnic food.
  2. In advance, prepare sequence cards for making a cheese sandwich and peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Put bread, peanut butter, jelly, mayonnaise, mustard, and cheese on a table.
  3. On the same table, place small plastic baggies, celery and carrot sticks, boxes of raisins, cookies, and juice boxes.
  4. Provide cards that indicate how many of each food item the children should take.
  5. After the children make their sandwiches and put the rest of the items in a lunch bag, help them write their name on the bag.
  6. Pack all the lunches in a large picnic basket. If it is nice outside, go outside and eat. If not, have a classroom picnic!

Note: Be aware of any food allergies to peanuts and plan accordingly.

Book: The GIANT Encyclopedia Of Learning Center Activities For Children 3 to 6
Center: Outdoors
Topic: Food
Content: The Arts: Dramatic Arts
Area: Cognitive
Age: 3 through 4 Years Old
Interaction: Large Group

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