Summertime, kids, and picnics are meant to go together. Having a picnic doesn’t have to
be reserved for a day out at the beach or park. Kids love to eat outside, especially if it
means they don’t have to stop playing to come inside and get cleaned up. If you are
going to have a picnic during an outing, be sure to practice food safety and have icepacks
in with the food or cooler.
Picnics can be as simple and easy as peanut butter and jam sandwiches with apples to as
complicated as fried chicken and potato salad. It all depends on how much time you have
and the preferences of those you will be serving. But whatever you make, let the kids
help you prepare.
If your little ones are active, you can prepare a picnic that consists of all finger foods. Let
the kids come and go as they please have a snack here and there as they need it. Some
easy finger foods for a picnic include:
* Cheese and crackers
* Vegetable sticks (carrots, tomatoes, and cucumber)
* Ants and dirt (fill celery sticks with peanut butter and top with raisins)
* Deli meat
* Hard boiled eggs
Even if none of your children are in diapers anymore, having baby wipes or another wet
wipe on hand after a picnic is necessary. They help with clean-up before and after eating.
They also can do double-duty to clean off the picnic table at a park before you use it.
Paper plates are practical but if you use them a lot they are an added expense – you can
pick up a plastic picnic set that is easy to wash and can be used over and over throughout
Not nice enough outside for a picnic? Who says you can’t have one indoors too!
The Climate of the Philippines is either tropical rainforest, tropical savanna or tropical monsoon, or humid subtropical (in higher-altitude areas) characterized by relatively high temperature, oppressive humidity and plenty of rainfall. There are two seasons in the country, the wet season and the dry season, based upon the amount of rainfall. This is dependent as well on your location in the country as some areas experience rain all throughout the year.
Based on temperature, the seven warmest months of the year are:
- from March to October; the winter monsoon brings cooler air
- from November to February
- May is the warmest month
- January, the coolest
There are four recognized climate types in the Philippines, and they are based on the distribution of rainfall (See the Philippine Climate Map). They are described as follows:
Type I. Two pronounced season: dry from November to April and wet during the rest of the year.
Type II. No dry season with a pronounced rainfall from November to January.
Type III. Seasons are not very pronounced, relatively dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.
Type IV. Rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year.
Relative humidity is high in the Philippines. A high amount of moisture or vapor in the air makes hot temperatures feel hotter. This quantity of moisture is due to different factors - the extraordinary evaporation from the seas that surrounds the country on all sides, to the different prevailing winds in the different seasons of the year, and finally, to the abundant rains so common in a tropical country. The first may be considered as general causes of the great humidity, which is generally observed in all the islands throughout the year. The last two may influence the different degree of humidity for the different months of the year and for the different regions of the Archipelago.