Take the stress out of family picnics with simple ways to keep kids entertained — plus win £50k in the Sun Raffle


STRUGGLING to think of fresh family days out this summer?

Whatever the weather, your kids will get cabin fever sooner or later. If you have exhausted all your go-to ideas, you may be starting to stress about new days out.

Take the kids out for a picnic without the stress with these easy hacks
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A picnic can be an easy way to pass a sunny day with minimal stress. Plus it’s been revealed we can’t get enough of eating al fresco — with many of us going out for up to six picnics each summer. But, children are not often a walk in the park when it comes to complaining. Here’s how your picnic can go ­without a hitch — and for less cash.

SITTING COMFORTABLY?: First you want the perfect rug to chill out on. Double-sided options with soft fabric on one side and a waterproof coating on the other prevent any mishaps when sitting on potentially damp ground.

Kids will love getting comfy on the Kirkton House Picnic Blanket from Aldi, £6.99 — plus it’s cheaper than those sold at Argos (£10.99).

SAVE: £4

KEEP COOL: Let’s face it, the last thing your little mites want is for their food and drinks to go warm in the sun. Fridges aren’t exactly portable, but you can still keep your nosh nice and chilled with a handy food cooler. I like the Sainsbury’s Home Coastline Family Cooler, £5, down from £8.50.

The lightweight design is easy to carry and will avoid any warm, sweaty sarnies.

SAVE: £3.50

SHOOTS YOU: If your kids are getting a little cranky in the heat, why not send them to cool off with some water ­pistol fun.

The old-school toys are ­easily carried and can provide hours of hot weather entertainment — so your tots are sure to work up an appetite. Check out the Zuru X-Shot Typhoon Blaster Water Gun, £7.99 at Smythstoys.com – the same toy costs £10 at Argos.

SAVE: £2.01

FAMILY FINISH: Picnics don’t have to be a straight sit-down meal while your kids play. Why not get the whole ­family up-and-at-’em with a good old-fashioned game of rounders?

Everyone can get involved and you don’t need much kit. I like the Rounders Set In Mesh Bag available in-store for £4.99 from The Range — it’s cheap and cheerful and a snip compared to the Opti Rounders Set £15.49, from uk.redbrain.shop.

SAVE: £10.50

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Join thousands of readers taking part in the new Sun Savers Raffle
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