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Back-to-Preschool Picnic Playdate

A few weeks ago I realized that this will be the last year I have two children in preschool. It’s a bittersweet thought, since we love our little church-based preschool so much. Soon instead of packing extra pairs of toddler-size undies in miniature backpacks, I’ll be sending elementary school children on their way with field trip permission slips and soccer team signups.

It’s hard to believe.

This year we’re making a big celebration out of the first day of preschool. There will be the usual stuff— a special breakfast and pictures in the morning— but we’re marking the occasion with one extra special event: an after school picnic play date with friends.

We did a test run of the picnic play date today in a local park. I kept the menu simple: turkey and cheese roll ups, some veggies, and a fruit salad. And of course we had cupcakes, because what preschool party would be complete without them?

Using Ziploc bags made the whole thing a cinch to transport to the park, and I didn’t have to worry about leaks. After the food was eaten I was able to pack up the mess in the Ziploc bags too, so that the interior of my picnic basket didn’t get dirty.

Check out how much fun we had!

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  • It’s a Beautiful Day for a Picnic! 1 of 6
    It's a Beautiful Day for a Picnic!
    Why not make the first day of preschool an occasion worthy of a celebration? Balloons are a simple and inexpensive way to turn any event into a festive occasion.
  • Time to Eat 2 of 6
    Time to Eat
    My kids and their friends loved sharing a toddler-friendly meal together on the picnic blanket.I served everything right out of my Ziploc bags.
  • There’s Always Room for a Cupcake 3 of 6
    There's Always Room for a Cupcake
    It's a good thing there was a playground nearby to work off that sugar buzz.
  • Nature = Fun 4 of 6
    Nature = Fun
    I love how eager to explore nature these kids are! Finding this little guy was the highlight of the day.
  • Let’s Take a Spin 5 of 6
    Let's Take a Spin
    The boys loved swinging on this tire swing and appreciated my 9-year-old's help spinning them around. That is, until 2 of the 3 almost lost their lunches!
  • Up a Creek 6 of 6
    Up a Creek
    The play date ended when the kids decided to explore the creek. Everyone had a great time!

A big thanks to Ziploc for sponsoring this campaign. Click here to see more of the discussion.

Mary Lauren Weimer is a social worker turned mother turned writer. Her blog, My 3 Little Birds, encourages moms to put down the baby books for a moment and tell their own stories. Connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

More by Mary Lauren:

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