This Summer Donut Picnic is the way to get kids to have fun in the kitchen and learning to cook  It is  a fun kids activity that will keep kids entertained and busy!   If you are looking for more boredom busting ideas check out all our summer crafts and activities  ideas to keep kids active and entertained this summer!  The best craft bloggers are sharing  fun kids crafts! From making a Sling Library Bag to a Duct Tape Spinning Garden Bee  you will find fun creative ideas!

My name is Ashlee from I’m Topsy Turvy and I’m SO excited to be here for the Fun Crafts for Kids summer series again!  Last Summer I shared my no bake Cheesecake, perfect for summer picnics, and this summer I’m sharing my kids new favorite, a Donut Picnic (can you tell we like eating outside?)!!!

a fun donut picnic to enjoy with your kids this summer, includes easy glaze recipes

You start with plain donuts (my grocery store sells plain ones, or order plain donuts, OR simply make your own like I do!) and a few glaze options, add some toppings and it’s a fun create your own donut picnic.  Perfect for a fun snack, or a crazy sugary dinner (pick the night Dad’s in charge of putting them to bed, right?)


I let my kids pick what glaze and toppings flavors they wanted.  We went with a basic vanilla glaze, chocolate glaze and maple glaze!  For toppings we have Cinnamon/Sugar, sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles and coconut!  If I was making this for adults I’d add chopped candied bacon, but my kids aren’t a fan.


This DOES get messy so make sure you use a blanket that washes easily.  I made this durable denim blanket years ago, and its still a favorite!  You want to make sure the bowls you use are wide enough to fit an entire donut face down.  Teach the kids to drop the donut in, give it a twist and then pull it up and let it drip off a bit.


My youngest doesn’t quite get the concept, but it’s fun to just let them do and create whatever they want.  Just keep some wet wipes handy. And getting messy is part of the fun for kids, right?


Make sure you add the toppings while the glaze is still wet.  If you want too long it will crust over and then the toppings won’t stick!  I let them add as much toppings as they wanted, but once they added the toppings there is no dipping again…


Also I did have a rule about double dipping the donuts in the glazes, I didn’t want the glazes to mix, but we had plenty of donuts if they wanted to try a different flavor!  Donut holes are PERFECT for trying various flavors as well!


My favorite? a basic cinnamon and sugar.  This is the ONE donut that I let them flip the donut around to cover both sides.  If your makeing them homemade the cinnamon and sugar will stick right to a warm donut.  If your buying plain donuts just dip once side in the plain glaze first, OR warm them in the microwave for a few seconds!


If you want to try making your own raised donuts head over to my site today to get this recipe.  It takes about 2 hours total, but only about 20 mins is actual work time, the rest is letting it sit and raise!


And here are the Glaze recipes:

Vanilla Glaze
1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
2-4 Tbsp Milk
2 tsp vanilla
Mix the powdered sugar, 2 Tbsp milk and the vanilla. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time.

Chocolate Glaze
1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp cocoa powder (I like the dark cocoa powder)
3-5 Tbsp Milk
1 tsp vanilla
Mix the powdered sugar, cocoa, 3 Tbsp milk and the vanilla. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time.

Maple Glaze
1 1/2 C powdered Sugar
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1-2 Tbsp Milk
1 tsp mapaline (or other maple extract)
Mix the powdered sugar, maple syrup, 1 Tbsp milk and the mapaline. Stir with a whisk or fork until smooth, add more milk if the the glaze is too thick 1/2 Tbs at a time

Cinnamon Sugar
1 1/2 C Sugar
2 Tbsp Cinnamon

I hope you liked this donut picnic! Come visit me for other fun ideas like these:

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  1. yum! any of those glazes i would definitely LOVE.. i can never go past a good donut!

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