We have enjoyed lots of fun picnics, and this one is no exception. The difference is that this picnic was not just fun, but it was also a picnic with a purpose. We mixed great reading and themed food with helping others.The Picnic Parade combines yummy picnics with great literature and fun activities. Join us! Click To Tweet
For today’s picnic, we read Who Was Mother Teresa? It’s the perfect book for a picnic with a purpose because of the great example of Mother Teresa’s life. This is just one of many great “Who Was” books.
You can also find amazing “What Was” and “Where Is” books. You can keep track of which books you have read and want to read at WhoHQ.com. We have loved all of the ones we have read.
Food and Location
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!” 1 Chronicles 16:24 ESV
Since Mother Teresa helped the poor of India, we decided to dine on Indian cuisine. You can get jars of pre-made Indian sauces and mix them with rice and even a little chicken and veggies. It’s an easy meal. If your kids aren’t into Indian, perhaps they will enjoy plain rice. (For my picky eaters, I mix just a bit of the food into the rice. I’m hoping they will get a bit more nutrition and eventually acquire a taste for it!)
We decided to have our picnic in the back yard so we could get right to our other activities. You could also pack up the food in a bowl and head out. Better yet, pick up some takeout Indian food! A beautiful church yard, monastery, or anywhere you know you could go serve for an afternoon would make a great choice of location.
Questions to Talk About While You are Eating…
- Would you rather be a missionary, a preacher, a children’s minister, or a worship leader? Why?
- If you had to move to another country, what country would you move to?
- What group of people would you most like to help?
Activities with a Purpose
In the spirit of Mother Teresa, we decided to make this a picnic with a purpose and help others. First we took trash bags and walked around the neighborhood picking up trash.
Then we cleaned out our rooms and chose things to donate.
Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” Hebrews 13:16 ESV
Teaching Our Children to Serve
Although this has been one of our simplest picnics, I like to think of this picnic with a purpose as one of the most impactful. When you teach kids that helping others is important and can also be fun, it is something they will continue with their whole lives.
What is your favorite way to serve as a family?