We’ve got easy-prep picnic snacks so you can spend more time on the blanket and less time in the kitchen

It’s prime picnic party season, so make sure you’re prepared with a full lineup of crowd-pleasing picnic snacks. From no-cook s’mores to deviled eggs, we’ve got you covered with easy picnic snacks and picnic food ideas for kids that you can tote to the park, beach, or wherever your summertime adventures take you.

For more fun summer ideas, check out 73 awesome things to do with kids this summer, how to host an outdoor movie night, and the best summer movie night picks to go with it, and don’t forget the best games to play outside on a sunny day.

Shrimp Spring Rolls

The best part about adding shrimp spring rolls to your list of favorite picnic snacks is that you can add whatever you want to the rice paper. So, if you have a picky kid who loves cucumber but hates cilantro, skip that spice when rolling theirs up. Use pre-cooked shrimp to cut down on time, and don’t forget the peanut sauce! Get the recipe from Jessica Gavin.

Fruit Dip

Fruit dip is a good picnic snack for kids
Chelsea's Messy Apron

Fruit is always a good picnic snack, so take it to the next level with this easy dip from Chelsea's Messy Apron. It only has four ingredients, so it's an easy addition to your al fresco menu. 

Air Fryer Soft Pretzels

Bitz & Giggles

Fluffy and salty, air fryer pretzels are a super easy snack to pack for your upcoming picnic. Enjoy a la carte or pack a special dipping sauce to them to the next level. Head to Bitz & Giggles for the full recipe.

Fried Lemon Hand Pies

Food Fanatic

No one wants a messy meal when it comes to a picnic! These fried lemon hand pies pack all the sweet punch, can be made in advance and keep the mess to a minimum. Head to Food Fanatic for the full recipe. 

Sushi Sandwiches

sushi sandwiches are a fun picnic snack

A sandwich is just a sandwich until you make it look like sushi! We love this tuna fish version from Weelicious, but you can swap in turkey or cream cheese for something different. 

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

Karen's Kitchen Stories

Who wants regular muffins when you can bring corn dog muffins on your picnic? Made with cornbread and hot dogs, these fun snacks make mealtime fun. Don't forget the ketchup! Head to Karen's Kitchen Stories to snag the recipe.

Simple Deviled Eggs

Rosalind Chang via Unsplash

What's a picnic without deviled eggs? With this super simple recipe, it's easy to ensure that your al fresco meal includes this delicious staple. Older kids can even make their own version! Grab the how-to here.

Mac and Cheese Cups

Damn Delicious

Ready for mac and cheese, picnic-style? These awesome bites from Damn Delicious are an easy way to make your picnic menu even more kid-friendly. They're portable, the perfect serving size, and tasty, too! Get the recipe here.

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars

Erin Clarke of Well Plated

Since picnic season usually collides with the strawberry season, we can't think of a better sweet treat for your outing than these oatmeal bars from Well Plated. They're easy to make, about 100 calories each, and sure to become a family favorite! For the recipe, click here.

Mexican Corn Salad

Damn Delicious

Love Mexican corn on the cob, but hate the mess? Whip up a batch of this dip from Damn Delicious, which has the same tasty flavors but no cob cleanup! Pack it into a Tupperware for easy dipping or spoon individual portions into mason jars—voila

Monster Cookie Energy Bites

Love to Be in the Kitchen

It's easy to get your picnic cookie fix thanks to this idea from Love to Be in the Kitchen. They're packed full of peanut butter, chia seeds, honey, and mini M&Ms, which makes them excellent fuel for all that post-picnic playtime. Discover more energy bites here!

Ginger Lemonade

Daphne Brogdon

The best way to keep cool during your picnic? With a batch of this fresh ginger lemonade by Daphne Brogdon! Make it the night before and portion it into mason jars or water bottles to stay hydrated all afternoon. To get the recipe, click here.

Sandwich on a Stick

Super Healthy Kids

This idea from Super Healthy Kids gives sandwiches a fun new twist! Get the kids involved with cookie cutters; they'll love stacking their favorite sandwich ingredients. 

Single Salads

Agnes Hsu via Hello Wonderful

Part of Hello Wonderful’s Cooking with Kids series, this unique take on salad features colorful ingredients the kids will be excited to prep and eat (Psst! And cleanup couldn't be easier!). 

Crunchy Cheerios Bars

Averie Cooks

This sweet and salty treat from Averie Cooks will satisfy even the pickiest picnic-goer. The best part? No baking required! 

Apple Sandwiches

The Merry Thought

The Merry Thought’s sweet twist on sandwiches is better than sliced bread! Load up the apple slices with your fave nut butter, Nutella, granola, or any other creative ingredient. Click here to get the recipe.

"Cheaters" Guacamole

Averie Cooks

Even the littlest chef can help mash and mix avocado! We like this "cheaters" guacamole recipe from Averie Cooks, which makes it easy to make a delicious dip ASAP. 

Crunchy Cucumber Sandwiches

How Does She

Need a meat-free option for your next picnic? This healthy hummus sandwich from HowDoesShe is super easy to assemble and packed with protein and a little crunch. Yum! 

Rainbow Fruit Cup

My Frugal Adventures

These ultra-colorful fruit cups are easy to assemble and packed with healthy Vitamin C. Older chefs can even help cut the fruit! Head to My Frugal Adventures for advice on choosing the best stackable fruits.

No Cook Nutella S’mores

5 Minutes for Mom

You won't have to build a fire to enjoy a campfire staple. This tasty twist on the classic s’mores dessert makes it great for daytime picnics, too! Find the recipe at 5 Minutes for Mom.

DIY Trail Mix

The Chirping Moms

This fab picnic snack is easy to customize with everything from pretzels to nuts, dried fruit, or bite-sized chocolate chips. It’s the perfect portable treat for a day at the park! Get more info (including recommended ingredients!) at The Chirping Moms.

Pretzel Skewer Roll-Ups

Amp up your picnic with edible pinwheels! These bites are easy for kids to assemble with cheese and deli meat.

Vegan and Gluten-Free Mini Strawberry Shortcake

Summer is strawberry season, and we’re pretty sure these mini strawberry shortcakes are one of the most perfect picnic ideas for kids. Made with just four ingredients, you can make the shortbread in advance and add your dollop of whipped cream and strawberries right before you pack up the rest of your picnic snacks. Don’t want to go vegan? No problem. Justine Snacks has substitutions that work perfectly.

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