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19 Amazingly Easy Picnic Food Ideas For Kids - Make Your Next Picnic A Hit

by Franck Jehanne
healthy food options include fruits, bread and yoghurt for picnics

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Picnics are great for family bonding and outdoor fun. But what is the best food to bring on a picnic day that the kids will also approve? 

We have your answer! Here are some of the best picnic food ideas that kids will love for your next family outing.

Also check out our post for activities kids enjoy during a picnic.

Read this article for more picnic dessert ideas.

Cheese Straws

Baked cheese straws just might be the perfect snack for a picnic or family get together. These finger-food snacks are easy to make and can be made with any type of cheddar cheese, depending on what you like best!

They will take about 30 minutes total to prepare, which is excellent when it comes time for your next big event since there's no need to worry about making anything from scratch in advance.

cheese straws are an easy kids food for picnics

Chicken Baguette

Spice up your picnic lunch with this delightful chicken baguette recipe! Kids will be so delighted that they'll do anything to get more of it, and mom can rest assured knowing how healthy the ingredients are.

Watermelon Popsicles

Cool off with watermelon popsicles! They're perfect for a hot summer picnic day. Just bite into one and get that refreshing, juicy taste of chilled fruit on your tongue. Kids will love these sweet treats so much you might just have to make them year-round now too.

Rice Paper Rolls With Roast Chicken And Veggies

Are you looking for a healthy and easy-to-prepare picnic lunch box idea? Rice paper rolls make an unbeatable choice. You can whip up these snacks in minutes from leftovers or out of the pantry with just three ingredients!

Bread with Nutella

For a delicious, easy way to please kids at any picnic or party, try bread with Nutella. These simple miniature loaves are made with Nutella and cut into small slices before baking for just the right amount of time. The recipe is so versatile that kids can enjoy them year-round!

Salad in A Jar

Are you looking for a fresh, balanced meal to bring on your next picnic?

This salad in a jar will be perfect! You can mix it up with various ingredients and make them ahead of time. They'll stay crisp after you've made this dish three days beforehand.

Picnic Cob Loaf Sandwich

The cob loaf sandwich is excellent for feeding the whole family at once, perfect on picnics and fits nicely in lunch boxes. It's a uniquely shaped open-face sandwich with two pieces of bread that resembles an ear.

Sweet Quiches

These quiches are so easy, and you can make them with the kids! The cheese, sweet potato and corn go together so well that it's hard not to get hungry just thinking about them! Pair them with fresh fruit and a homemade salad to create the ultimate lunch, or just keep it simple by serving kid’s favourite side dishes alongside.

Sweet Quiches

Pizza Pockets

A great way to enjoy pizza is with a pocket of ingredients on the inside so that you can eat it like an ice cream cone. And they're delicious cold! A kid-approved food, these pockets are perfect for picnics or lunch boxes.

Chocolate-Dipped Fruit Pops

So many fruit recipes out there call for a lot of sugar, but these chocolate pops are not only healthy and delicious, but they also make the perfect snack at picnics! These chocolate fruit pops are a fun and creative way to introduce kids into the kitchen, too.


When it comes to dessert, lamingtons are one of the best. They're sweet and delicious with just a hint of coconut flavour for something different than chocolate or vanilla cream filling. This sweet treat will be an excellent choice as it's sure to become everyone’s favourite go-to snack or after school pick me up.

Chicken Bow-Tie Pasta Salad

Do you want to be the hit of your next picnic, dinner party or family function? Serve up a dish that is not only delicious but also easy for people to eat.

Homemade pasta salads are an excellent choice, and this Chicken Bow-Tie Pasta Salad recipe will surely please even the pickiest eater in attendance! This recipe has all of our favourite toppings: ham, cheese, peas and onions with cream dressing served on top.

Chicken Bow-Tie Pasta Salad

Baked Bean Muffins

Mini muffins make an excellent snack for kids on the go! They're also perfect to pass around as quick bites at family gatherings or with drinks. Find them in your following picnic list of must-haves, and be prepared for those hunger pangs when you are out running errands, too - they can come in handy then!

Healthy Oatcakes

This dish is a fantastic way to get your kids (or yourself) excited for the picnic day. Healthy oatcakes are made from cream cheese, peppers, squash and tomatoes - that's suitable for babies and adults! It doesn't take much time for this recipe - perfect if you have many other dishes in the oven at the same time.

Chocolate Fairy Cakes

The perfect summertime treat to keep kids happy! Forget the sour apple slices and graham crackers; chocolate fairy cakes should be your go-to snack from now on. Available in a sweet tin meant for easy packing or carrying around town all day long, these soft little treats will complete any picnic.

Caesar Salad Devilled Eggs

If you’re looking for an appetiser to bring to your picnic, Caesar Salad Devilled Eggs is the next perfect choice on this list. The egg yolks are whipped into a frenzy of capers, mayonnaise then topped with crispy prosciutto. Kids love these easy-to-eat finger foods!

Baked Crispy Tofu Nugget

If you’re not a fan of chicken, this Baked Crispy Tofu Nugget recipe will be your new best friend. The tofu nuggets are an easy option for picnics and parties because they can be made in advance - all that is required is to press the tofu before slicing it into rounds or cubes. Even if leftovers get cold, these tasty nuggets still taste great!

Oatmeal Chocolate Raisin Cookies

Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Chocolate Chip Cookies are the perfect kid-approved picnic food! They're easy to make and come with a lot of great benefits. Oats, raisins, dark chocolate chips - these ingredients guarantee success and pack the calories needed for a fun day out too!

Banana Nutella Sushi

These Nutella and banana fruit snacks are the perfect way to satisfy those sweet cravings in five minutes! It is a quick recipe that you can prepare for after-school rushes or even work into your day as an energy boost with only three ingredients. These fruity treats also make a great picnic day since they look so cute with their bright colours. Kids will love these easy finger foods, whether during snack time, lunchtime or any time of the day!

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Franck Jehanne is the co-founder of British lifestyle brand, Heating & Plumbing London. After 10 years working for Cartier and other luxury brands from the Richemont group, he started his entrepreneurial journey in 2011, leading to the creation of the brand in 2017.

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