Foodie fun for kids
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Pick your own
Give the kids a taste of the good life this summer and whisk them away to a 'pick your own farm'. There are thousands to choose from and many of them offer a variety of produce to pick from courgettes to cherries. For advice on where to go, what to pick and how to find your nearest farm check out our pick your own article:
What to do with your pickings
Into the wild
You don't have to venture to a designated farm to pick your own fruit and herbs, with a bit of know-how you'll find plenty of free fair not far from your own front door. Kids will love going on a mini adventure to hunt and gather and you don't have to live in the heart of the country to do it.
Take a look at our foraging and urban foraging guides for inspiration. Just one word of warning, if you're not an expert it might be worth sticking to known quantities like crab apples, blackberries and cobnuts, as some common herbs look deceptively close to more dangerous cousins.
Fairgrounds and theme parks
Avoid overpriced and uninspired theme park food and pack a lunchbox of healthy and nutritious treats which take just minutes to make. Chicken guacamole wraps and cinnamon custard plums will make you the envy of the park and it's sure to save you a dollar or two as well.
What doesn't taste better eaten al fresco? An outdoor dinner is sure to go down a treat with the kids, and giving them a few simple tasks in preparing the food should keep small, impatient hands busy. Wrapping up jacket potatoes, skewering fruit and mixing marinades should all help keep the barbecue harmony.
Ready for a real adventure? Head into the wilderness with the kids and let them run wild. Campfire food doesn't have to mean burnt sausages and cold baked beans. We've got simple, one-pan suppers and make-ahead treats that are perfect for eating around the fire - just don't forget the marshmallows.
When it comes to getting creative with food, there really is something for everyone and no project is too small. Decorating biscuits can be as therapeutic for a tired toddler as it is for a terrible teen. Whatever you decide to do, just try and accept the mess, roll your sleeves up and enjoy!