When it comes to vehicles, classic cars are absolutely at the top of the pyramid, with their amazing features setting them far apart from the rest of the crowd. Unfortunately, as is typical for anything that attracts attention, classic cars tend to attract a decent share of thieves and vandals. Additionally, because classic cars are rare and tend to be expensive, many large “major player” insurance companies and agents will not even offer insurance for them. But just because it can be mildly difficult to find the right kind of insurance for your classic car, that does not mean that you can simply drive around without any insurance. Many states require that your vehicle be insured, and you can face serious fines if you are caught driving without adequate insurance coverage.Finding the right kind of insurance for your classic car is going to take a little bit of time, and a lot of research. Even more research will be involved if you are set out to find the cheapest available antique and classic car insurance available. There are car insurance companies out there which specialize in insurance options for antique and classic cars. Additionally, there are large automobile insurance companies which offer specialized insurance including antique and classic car insurance, but you will have to do a decent bit of searching in order to find them. A good place to start is with insurance companies like Hagerty, Leland west and Norwich Union which all specialize in antique and classic car insurance. It is important that you weigh a lot of different options, because the costs associated with antique and classic car insurance can vary wildly depending on which automobile insurance provider you go with. It is also important that you determine what each insurance company will value your classic car at, in order to make sure that you are going to be insured for the full value of your car. Traditional car insurance values the car at the cost to replace it, minus any depreciation that it has experienced. This is what sets antique and classic car insurance apart from traditional car insurance. With antique and classic car insurance, the value of your vehicle is typically an agreement made between you and the insurance provider. This way, you will not lose a serious investment in the event that your vehicle is ever totaled in an accident, or stolen and never recovered.The absolute best option for you to pursue when it comes to automobile insurance for your classic car is called an agreed value policy. Before this type of policy is purchased, you are required to sit down with an agent with the insurance company in order to come to a concrete agreement for the value of your vehicle. If your vehicle is ever totaled or lost, this is the amount that will be paid by the insurance company. This is also the point where you will receive a quote for the monthly payment. Another thing that sets antique and classic car insurance apart from traditional car insurance is the fact that antique and classic car insurance premiums are typically significantly smaller than what you will pay for traditional car insurance. However, not just anyone can acquire antique and classic car insurance, so before applying you should make sure you qualify for all of the following criteria:o Many antique and classic car insurance policies require that you meet a specific age limit. This is to insure that the driver(s) on the policy have adequate driving experience and are not in jeopardy of causing an accident. This makes it difficult for young and new drivers to acquire automobile insurance, even if they are driving an antique or classic vehicle.o Many antique and classic car insurance policies have also imposed a minimum age limit for your vehicle, in order to determine whether or not it can be considered an antique car. The typical limit is fifteen years old, so if your vehicle is less than fifteen years old you may have difficulty securing antique car insurance for it.o In order to qualify for classic car insurance, there are certain limits on how your classic car can be used. For example, you must have a garage or some other form of protective storage to park the vehicle in. Additionally, you cannot use your classic car for any business purposes. Finally, there is a limit on the number of miles that you can put on your vehicle every month or year. If you go over the mileage limit you can but your vehicle in danger of losing its protective insurance. Because of the imposed mileage limit, you must also be able to prove that you have another vehicle which is used for normal driving.Antique and classic car insurance is by far the best option if the vehicle that you are driving can be considered a collectible. This form of insurance is designed to protect cars that appreciate in value over time rather than depreciating. Most insurance companies will allow you to insure your classic car traditionally if you cannot find adequate antique car insurance, but you should expect to pay more in monthly premiums, and to receive significantly less in a pay out settlement if your vehicle is ever totaled. What this means is that if you are driving an antique or classic car, and specialized insurance is available to you on a local level, you should absolutely take the offer in order to protect your vehicle inexpensively without losing out on the serious investment that went into your prized possession.
As a parent or educator, you just want the best for the children right? You should above all encourage and stimulate learning and understanding because the rest will just follow. There are many ways you can promote learning but the real concern is keeping the kids attention. We know that kids are easily bored and keeping them in the classrooms and showing them everything through televisions might bore them easily. This concern led to the creation of kid’s outdoor activities to interest kids longer than they use to be. Showing them the “real world” can be more effective than showing them picture, documentaries and toys.By designing or considering outdoor activities for your kids, you are promoting their physical growth, language, socio-emotional development and more importantly cognitive development. Physical growth means that your kids will go stronger everyday especially if you consider outdoor activities that maximize your kid’s strength and potential. Language is important so that your kids can clearly say whatever they have to say to communicate with other people. Socio-emotional development will elicit emotional responses from your kids especially if they are with many people. Cognitive development is essential because it will bring about learning.The good news is that there are many outdoor activities that you can share with your kids or share with their playmates. These games or outdoor activities will really stimulate learning, fun, creativity, cooperation and development:Trekking – if you want your child to appreciate the world, you should encourage hiking or trekking. For sure they will be awed with nature.
Bird watching – with the help of binoculars, your kids can finally understand why birds fly.
Gardening – teaching them gardening can also be an effective outdoor activity. It will surely bring out the inner nurturing in every child.
Fishing – this will bring out patience. Kids will surely enjoy the bounty of nature if they catch fishes in the long run.
Constellations – this is a unique outdoor activity because you need telescopes. This activity will orient your kids with the universe in the general. For sure they will appreciate the stars and the moon.
Dribbling – if your kids significantly show interest on basketball, this activity will inspire them.
Kiting – for sure this will invite creativity to your kids; make them create their own kites and fly kites with them.
Swimming – teaching kids swimming is important for survival purposes. You can teach them slowly since learning this is difficult.Kids should go out there and see the world. Don’t imprison them in the corners of the classroom doing traditional things because it will only bore them. You should think of something to keep their attention and interest. With this, you should consider bringing kids outdoor doing some fun activities at the same time bring about significant learning. You can choose to do the activities mentioned above or you can design your own. To be successful, you should first secure materials such as bikes, telescope, gardening tools, balls, kites, kids rugs, kids furniture and other materials. These materials are easy to find; you can either purchase one on stores near you or you can just place your orders in the internet for faster and convenient transactions.
Children need to move and be active every day. It is an important part of their development and helps maintain healthy habits later on. Moving is good for them and it’s good for us, their parents, to follow along and play with them as much as we can.The outdoors provide lots of possibilities for active fun, specially in summer time. You can obviously do all sorts of sports, but It doesn’t have to be all organized and prepared in advance. Summertime calls for slowing down a bit and be impulsive. Let the weather determine what to do – if it’s really hot it’s probably better to settle for a picnic in the shadow of a big tree than run a marathon!Here are five ideas for fun summer activities for kids that you can do at no cost:
A bike ride together on a bicycle path where there are no cars can be a really nice activity for the whole family and something most active preschoolers will love – specially if they can ride their own bikes. Take your time and stop once in a while to sit in the grass, pick some wild flowers, watch for bugs or collect beautiful leaves and stones etc.
If you live near a beach a walk in the sand or on the rocks is another great activity in all sorts of weather. Watch the tide and observe the sea with foam crests when it’s windy and the quiet waters on a calm sunny day. Collecting beautiful shells and stones to bring home is a lot of fun and can turn into a little treasure hunt or game of who will first find a round stone, a blue shell, a white stone etc. Save the collected stones for a rainy day when it will be a fun indoor activity to paint the stones and make them into small art works.
When the weather is nice, a picnic is always great for children. Let everybody help preparing the food. Toddlers and preschoolers can make small easy sandwiches, put cherry tomatoes, pieces of cucumber and sweet peppers in containers etc. Bring berries, biscuits and small boxes of raisins for snack. Remember lots of refreshing water. Once lunch is over you can play hide and seek or tag, and when you’re all tired of running just lay in the grass and watch the clouds in the sky – it’s OK to do nothing when you have played actively.
A trip to the playground is always fun for a toddler or preschooler and it’s specially fun to explore new play areas. This is another great destination for a bike ride, but if all the playgrounds are to far away, take the car and bring some sand toys and a ball with you.
A walk in the woods is great at all times and once you’re there why not challenge the children to play I Spy. Give them a list of things to find that are: soft, rough, smooth, cold, hot, dry, wet, slimy, heavy, light etc. Let them find all at once or give them one challenge at a time and see who first finish the list or find an object with a specific characteristic – this can also be a fun activity on the beach where the challenge will be to find stones in different shapes, shells, seaweed etc.
It’s a good idea to have a bag ready by the door with the essentials for a trip outside: napkins, sunblock, sunglasses, a towel, maybe some snack bars, dry raisins or small bags of biscuits, and of course bottles with water in the fridge ready to grab – then it’s super easy to head outside whenever you feel like it.
Transporting and moving an ATV around is not quite the same thing as loading and moving a bicycle. For the purpose of transporting your ATVs around, you’ll need a durable, high-quality ATV trailer.What are ATV trailers?ATV trailers are, essentially a loading and transporting means of moving your ATV from one place to another. With an ATV trailer, the level of care, convenience and expediency is elevated when you use the right type to transport your ATV. Moving, loading, unloading is cumbersome if not impossible without an ATV trailer.Why is using an ATV trailer important?Moving an ATV around (more so if you’re going on a trip with family or friends) can be stressful. By using a proper ATV trailer to move the ATV around, you minimize the level of stress and anxiety whenever you have to make a move. With an ATV trailer, at least you know that the trailer hitch, hitch ball, ball mount and safety chain is designed to keep your ATV safe.Important things to remember when you’re using an ATV trailerAnyone who has ever used an ATV trailer before can tell you that not only is the loading and unloading challenging, so is driving. It’s sort of like driving with a long string of tied around your waist and at the other end of the string, there’s ball of iron on wheels! If you sway around or change lanes very often, the ATV trailer at the back of your car will sway along with you. and because there’s a distance between the ATV trailer and your car, every single move you make with the car, you’ll have to take the delayed reaction from the ATV trailer. So, it’s important to remember that if you have an ATV trailer ‘tagging along’ behind your vehicle, don’t hit the brake pedal too hard. And while speeding is not advisable under any circumstance, it’s particularly dangerous if you’re driving with an ATV trailer. The faster you go, the worse the sway will be.Buy an ATV trailer made for the right ATVDifferent ATV trailers are made for different loads and size. Some ATV trailers are made to carry a heavier load than others, while some ATV trailers are made to carry more than one ATV. So, before you buy, consult the shop assistant or if you’re buying the ATV trailer online, send a quick email to the owner of the website.
In the UK you can buy a 15kg bag of dog food for £9.99, or you could dig deeper into your wallet and pay £41 for another brand. So why should we pay up to 400% more for a bag of food – is it justified?Well, I’m sure there are any number of reasons why one bag of food is more expensive than another, but I’m going to suggest a few possibilities which might make a difference to the price you pay for pet food (and this is true both for cat and dog food because the brand owners are the same)First and foremost, and this is putting my cynical hat on, you’re paying what you are because the brand owner has decided that this is what you are prepared to pay for their pet food. The marketing department have done their research, millions have been spent on advertising and creating the right image, they’ve built up a degree of trust in the eyes of the consumer and now you’ve got to pay for that!Where’s my evidence you might ask? Well, let’s take a couple of examples and not from the extremes. Here’s two lists of ingredients:Product 1Cereals, meat and animal derivatives, vegetable protein extracts, oils and fats, derivatives of vegetable origin, minerals, yeasts. Contains EEC permitted antioxidants, colourant and preservative.Product 2Wheat, Meat Meal, Maize, Oils & Fats, Linseed, Beet Pulp, Peas, Lucerne, Vitamins & Minerals. Added Citrus, Yeast and Yucca. Contains EEC permitted antioxidants, colourant and preservative.Not a lot of difference in the ingredients, but Product 1 comes from a multinational with a marketing budget of millions to pay for, and it costs £25 for a 15kg bag. Product 2 costs £9.99 for 17kg. The brands are Pedigree and Wagg. I rest my case!1) Do ingredients make a difference to cost?Obviously there’s going to be a difference in ingredients used (or we would hope so!) but can this account for such a difference, and does it matter? Let’s look at a couple of examples. Firstly a typical bag of Eucanuba at £41.99 in the UK.IngredientsChicken: (>20%), maize, wheat, barley, sorghum, animal fat, fish meal, dried beet pulp, poultry meal, dried whole egg, brewer’s dried yeast, potassium chloride, sodium chloride, linseed, DL-methionine, glucosamine HCl, chondroitin sulphate, salt, sodiumhexametaphosphateNow let’s compare with Gilpa Kennel at £12.39IngredientsWheat, poultry, maize, wheatfeed, poultry digest, poultry fat, whey powder, soya oil, yeast, mixed herbs, extract of New Zealand green-lipped mussel, yucca extract, minerals, trace elements and vitamins, including zinc chelate. With EEC permitted antioxidants.Obviously the consumer has to make an informed opinion as to which is better for their pet, but essentially these are both wheat and maize based foods with chicken/poultry as the meat source. Both offer complete nutrition based upon current scientific knowledge with broadly similar analysis.More ‘natural’ and often more expensive foods will tend to use cereals other than wheat (rice typically) and maybe a single source of meat protein (chicken, duck, fish or lamb are most common) added as meat meal, and may be naturally preserved with vitamin E or similar. These types of food, which can be broadly classified as more hypo-allergenic are important because some pets suffer from an intolerance to common pet food ingredients so that has to be taken into consideration.It is a long forgotten fact however, that millions of pets have lived long and healthy lives on simple pet food with none of the fancy additives and supplements that manufacturers are luring us with now. Unfortunately, the trend is for manufacturers to try and get us to spend more by echoing the human food industry – with health claims and any number of ingredients which we wouldn’t normally associate with food.2) All those fance advertisements: Some companies have amazing advertising budgets, and that spend has to be paid for in the price of the products (where else is it coming from?) 2006 saw the release of the world’s most expensive television pet food advertisement coming in at £1 million to support the Sheba cat food brand.A Pet food company has broken the boundaries of TV advertising in the UK by becoming the first company ever to fully fund a television programme – on the terrestrial channel ITV. Content of the forthcoming ITV1 factual series Dog Rescue, scheduled to air early Sunday evenings, is to be fully funded by a single advertiser, the Mars, Masterfoods pet foods brand Pedigree.The Dog Rescue series will cover the activities of two animal re-homing centres, Manchester Dogs Home and The Dogs Trust centre in Harefield, West London. Despite concerns about moving a step closer to product placement in TV programming, the Pedigree brand will not be advertised during the show but it will appear at the beginning and end of commercial breaks.Sponsorship of premium events like Crufts cost brands such as Pedigree huge sums of money, which consumers are paying for in the price of the food.3) Research and development: Familiar brands such as Purina, Pedigree, Iams, Hills and Eucanuba which are global brands spend $millions worldwide on research and development, employing hundreds of scientists and veterinarians. This has to be paid for!4) The impact of the Distribution Chain: Some brand owners are also manufacturers (i.e. Gilpa) so it costs less to get the food to the shops. Others (Burns, Arden Grange etc) rely on a manufacturer making food for them, so already someone else wants a snip out of the profits. As well as the brand owner, there will be wholsalers and of course the retailer wanting their percentage. So it is that a bag of food that costs just a few £ to manufacture ends up costing around £40 in the shops!5) We love our substitute children! : Yes, pet food manufacturers know that you treat your pet like a child – go on, admit it!Euromonitor’s research has found that the pet food market has been experiencing a trend towards premium and super-premium products. This stems from the fact that pet owners are increasingly treating their companion as a member of the family (or even sometimes as a partner, in the case of single households) and as such, expenditure on pet food is rising. This trend towards premium products has also been the result of efficient marketing communication by manufacturers about the benefits of prepared pet food and this has contributed to the development of branded premium products first, with private label premium products following suit.With the pet obesity rate reaching record levels, pet health and pet hygiene proved to be one of the biggest concerns of pet owners in 2006. This has resulted in a raft of new health focused multi-functional foods aimed at improving pet health, with product launches aimed at boosting pet paws, claws, eyes, coats, skin, teeth and even brain power. Key terms included omega 3 and 6, macro-nutrient profile, wheat and gluten-free and hypoallergenic. As pet owners became increasingly aware of the changing nutritional needs of their pets as they age, 2006 saw a great extension to life stage and lifestyle products, once the domain of premium and super-premium products. Even value manufacturers are cashing in on this trend.At the end of the day of course, the consumer can always vote with their feet and move to a different brand if they feel that they are being ripped off!
With the weather finally starting to cool down, now is a great time to go outside and play with your kids. Not only is the sunshine and fresh air good for everyone in the family, but playing outside is also a great way to get some exercise. Here are some ideas for you and your kids.Ride BikesWhen was the last time you took a bike ride through the neighbor hood? Riding bikes is a great way to spend some quality time with your kids outside after work. Dust off your old bike, put helmets on everyone and go out for a bike ride. You can also go on a longer ride on the weekends. Check with your local bike shop or the city’s parks and recreation department about trails that are family friendly. Pack a few sandwiches and fill up those water bottles and you are ready for a ride and a picnic.Go On A Nature WalkA nature walk is a fun way to spend some time with your child outside. It is also a perfect opportunity to teach him about nature, lifecycles, the climate and more. If you have binoculars, take them with you for a close up view of any wildlife you may come across. Even a squirrel becomes an interesting viewing object with binoculars. Take some small plastic or paper baggies with you to collect leafs, rocks or pinecones. When you get back home you and your child can make a leaf collage or use all objects to recreate a forest scene in an old shoebox.Dig Out The Roller-skatesDo you remember how much fun you had roller-skating when you were a kid? Dig out the roller skates or roller blades and get out there. You can find a smooth sidewalk to ride, or consider visiting a skating ring with the whole family. Roller-skating is another great way for the entire family to spend some time outside together. You can push very young children around in a stroller or have your preschooler ride a tricycle while the rest of the family skates.Explore A New Park Or PlaygroundGrab a map or make a call to your local park and recreation office and find a new park or playground you can all explore together. Spend an hour or two at the playground, go for a walk on the trails in of a new park, or pack a few sandwiches for an easy picnic in the park. You never know what you may have been missing until you start exploring all the different parks and playgrounds in your area.
For most of us these days there’s so much publicity & news coverage over the Green House Effect that maybe you’ve been thinking about how much your car contributes to this and wish to help the environment. Or maybe you are sick and tired of paying high gas prices and want to buy a car that is better on gas. Whether you want to help the environment, or want to cut down on how much you spend on gas, the hybrid car is a great solution.What is hybrid car?Hybrid cars are autos that run efficiently on both fuel (normally gasoline) and electric energy. The combination of using fuel and electric energy makes hybrid cars both environmentally-friendly and cost-efficient.The vast majority of hybrid cars are powered by two different engines: a gasoline engine and an electric engine. The gasoline engine is responsible for starting and stopping the car, while the electric engine is responsible for actually making the car move. By using the two engines in this way, the car is not totally dependent on gasoline. This, in turn, cuts down on the environmental pollution & the amount & therefore cost of gas used.Types of Hybrid carsIf you’ve done research on hybrid cars on the Internet, you’ve probably seen that there are two types of hybrid cars currently available. These are the Series hybrid car and the Parallels hybrid car. There are slight differences between the two types of hybrid cars, which we will go over here.With the Series type of hybrid car, the gasoline engine is used to start and stop the car. Then, when the car reaches a specific speed, the electric engine automatically takes over. Also, in the Series type of hybrid car, the gas engine is used to charge the batteries of the electric engine. With the Series type of hybrid car, both engines never really work together as a team.The Parallel hybrid, just like the Series hybrid, uses both a gas and electric engine. Even though the Parallel and Series hybrids are similarly configured physically, they are distinctively different in terms of operation. The big difference is that, in the Parallel hybrid, both the gasoline and electric engines can be used to start and stop the car. The other difference is that the electric engine in a Parallel hybrid is only used to boost the power of the vehicle when needed. Parallel hybrid cars are more fuel efficient than are the Series hybrid cars.How does the hybrid car increase fuel efficiency?Hybrid cars are made up of lightweight materials. Thus, the load on the hybrid car is greatly reduced. Because of the lightweight materials, the car doesn’t require as much fuel to move. Also, the tires of hybrid cars are firmer than are those found on regular cars.Since the gasoline is burnt at a low level in hybrid cars, it produces lower toxic emissions than those produced by conventional vehicles. Green house emissions, as we previously mentioned, are a real threat to the environment. Hybrid vehicles, because they release less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, cause far less pollution than regular cars do. In fact, some studies have shown that hybrid cars can reduce the greenhouse gas emissions by as much as fifty percent, and tailpipe emissions by as much as ninety percent.To sum up, hybrid cars are much more economical because they consume fifty to sixty percent less fuel than regular vehicles do. Also, they are very environmentally-friendly. The only drawback to hybrid cars is that currently they tend to be a bit more expensive than traditional cars to initially purchase.. However, this will change over time because more people will purchase hybrid vehicles due to the benefits and the pressures placed upon Governments to reduce pollution.
Automotive logo designs are probably one of the most stylish logos around. Cars, bikes and other similar stuff are incorporated in automotive logo designs to make them look classier and more eye-catching. Your automotive logo designs can benefit you by certain ways; it can setup a base for you to market your products well and to be recognized better. When creating automotive logo designs, the designer needs to pay attention to three factors which are (1) the objective to be achieved by the logo design, (2) should be according to the latest trend and (3) should be of high quality. Anyhow, the basic rule for designing good automotive logo designs is to relate it with your company.For designing good automotive logo designs, you should take in consideration the following points:Your automotive logo designs should relate to your business:A basic technique to make your automotive logo designs look sportier is to associate it with automobile parts. Normally, the designers use the basic components of automobiles such as their wheels, handles, steering, etc. Also, you will find a large of number of automotive logo designs having images of cars and bikes in a very creative and amusing manner. For instance, automotive logo designs can have a tattoo type of design showing a car.Color scheme used in automotive logo designs:The colors which are normally used in automotive logo designs are mostly of an igniting nature. Colors like orange, fiery red, black, etc are used in automotive logo designs.Fonts used in automotive logo designs:Usually bold and big fonts are used in automotive logo designs. The reason is that the automotive industry is an amazing yet serious industry.
It will be very nice if you love outdoor activities and you can live in a town where enjoying nature at is best is just a few minutes away. Yes, there are a lot of towns which provides you a balance of comfortable modern living and excitement of different outdoor activities.If you have your own family, these towns also have provisions for the best education, jobs, health, housing, arts, and entertainment.Doing What You Love Where You LiveLiving where you can play may be the best set up for anyone who loves the outdoors. The following cities have been cited by experts as the best places to consider if you want to be close to the outdoors:Burlington, VermontBurlington is the largest city of Vermont. This city offers a year in year out array of outdoor activities. The city is located by the Lake Champlain and the water front was perfectly designed for running, walking, biking, or roller skating. The summer makes the environment excellent for fishing, sailing, or other water activities.The drop of temperature during the winter doesn’t make life dull in this community. You and your family can go ice fishing, ice boating, cross-country skiing, and skating. The city also has Mardi Gras and Winter Festivals joined by locales and people from other cities.If you are thinking of other essentials, there is nothing to worry about. The city has 6 colleges that you can choose from. Housing is very affordable. The local government also boasts of a very low crime rate.Missoula, MontanaThis spot in Montana offers you a rural sophistication with big-city amenities. If you plan to live simple and be surrounded by the wilderness, this is the place for you.You’ll find nice restaurants, shops, museums, theaters, and a symphony around town. A few minutes from these entire buzz will bring you to millions of acres of greeneries. The town is surrounded by declared national forest, great wilderness, and recreation areas.The forest offers you hiking, camping, biking, and white water rafting activities. There is also the Lee Metcalf Refuge where you can observe wild birds in their royal beauty.Missoula is near the Clark Fork River and is home to the University of Montana. The health care set up is also comparable to the city standards. Winter outdoor activities also offer a hype since the weather may go below freezing point for around 6 months.Laramie, WyomingResidents of Laramie enjoy the outdoor fun offered by the Medicine Bow National Forest and the National Grasslands of Thunder Basin. You can find amusement in skiing, snowshoeing, cycling, and camping. If you love fishing, the lakes along the plains and the mountain streams will offer you a lot of choices.The Old West style town is also home to the University of Wyoming which caters to different sporting and cultural activities. The place doesn’t only offer chances for outdoor activities but also an opportunity to immerse to the old western style of living.Hanover, New HampshireAccording to a lot of outdoor lovers, Hanover is haven to people who loves outdoor activities and adventure. There are literally hundreds of options for things to do in this town since there are hundreds of rivers, streams, ponds, and lakes which surround it. Imagine the fun that motor boating, sailing and swimming can bing.The roads are well maintained and the towns also offer a combo of urban fun with a quiet village atmosphere. Hanover is only 2 hours away from Boston.These places are among the best. The list of course goes on depending on the set up that you want to achieve. Outdoor activities are guaranteed all year round if you will move to or visit these places with your friends or family.
While the weather is pleasant, plan an old-fashioned picnic with your kids. This is a perfect kid outdoor activity to get back to some old-fashioned outdoor fun. Include the kids in planning and preparing for your picnic. Putting together a picnic is easy and well worth the effort.Vote on the location for your picnic, which can be your neighborhood park, local nature area or even your own backyard! Decide on the day and time for your picnic. Picnics can be planned for breakfast or dinner, not just lunch-time. Make an easy menu that the kids can help prepare for, finger foods, fruits and vegetable sticks, healthy cookies and drinks. If you plan a breakfast picnic, make some hot chocolate for the cool morning air.If you don’t have a picnic basket, the kids can decorate a plain cardboard box or use a plastic tub to carry the food and supplies in. Don’t forget the paper goods, utensils, cups and a tablecloth. You can also use a lap-size blanket throw or twin sheet instead of a tablecloth to lay on the ground.Bring along the book Teddy Bear’s Picnic by Jimmy Kennedy to read aloud with younger children. For older children, the book Rattlebang Picnic by Margaret Mahy and Steven Kellogg is a lot of fun to read. These books can be found at your public library. Reading can be a fun outdoor activity for kids!An old-fashioned picnic is not complete without fun games and activities. Bring a ball to play a game of catch, fly a kite if it is breezy day, go on a nature walk and see what you can find and organize relay races. Old-fashioned relay races include the three-legged race, sack races, wheelbarrow race, carry-an-object-in-a-spoon race and a kangaroo race (put a ball between your knees and hop to the finish line).To remember this kid outdoor activity, bring your camera so you can take lots of photos of your fun-filled, old-fashioned picnic.