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3 Ways to Celebrate Eat Outside Day + a Free Download

August 30, 2019

by: Monet Stevens

2 minutes

Would you eat your summer favorites in a boat or possibly with a goat? How about in the rain or on a train? Maybe in a box or with a fox? Certainly, you’d try them in the house or with a mouse? You can eat them here or there, and today you can eat them anywhere because it's National Eat Outside Day!

Like Sam-I-Am from Green Eggs and Ham, we’re encouraging you to try something new and enjoy a meal in the great outdoors. Here are three fun ways to eat outside on National Eat Outside Day!

  1. A Traveling Family Alfresco
    Who knew the best alfresco restaurant in town could be located right out of the back of the family car? Pack up an extra-special meal for your crew and drive out to a scenic destination in your city or state. Open the back of the truck or pop the trunk of the car and set up a makeshift dining area under the stars, in the valley, at the beach, or wherever you find the surroundings to be beautiful.
  2. A Simple Dinner Turned Fun
    Eating outside does not have to be stressful. Switch things up and bring your regularly scheduled dinner outside with you. If you have time, add a few simple decorations that the kids will love such as outdoor lanterns or outdoor string lights. Better yet, have the kids make their own.
  3. Fun Food at the Farm
    You can show children the fresh food process by taking them to a local farm. Some farms give special tours that show the farm-to-table process and teach the value of our favorite foods. You can do the same thing with fishing—and even cook your food outside.

Make sure your holiday is both festive and educational with our brand new National Eat Outside Day Building Writers activity download.

Did you know that Building Writers student student editions offer additional narrative, information, and opinion/argument writing practice alongside your students' primary ELA curriculum?

We hope you’re inspired to make the great outdoors your next dining location. Have additional ideas? Share them with us on social! 

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