If I am tired or in a hurry, snack time is usually Goldfish Crackers served in a bowl. But snack time is a great opportunity to add a little fun into the day. An easy way to change things up is to serve snack on a fun paper plate, such as the animal paper plates. You can also serve snack under the kitchen table or on a picnic blanket in the living room. Surprise your kids by serving a food at the wrong time of the day, such as cereal for an afternoon snack.
To get your kids to eat a healthy snack, try giving the food a fun name. My kids refused to eat apple slices until I called them “soldiers” and served them standing up on a plate. You can call broccoli florets “trees” and hard boiled eggs can be “eyeballs.”
If you have a few minutes, you can also serve the snack in a fun way. Make a face with the snack (grapes for eyeballs, crackers for the nose and pretzels for the mouth.) You can also create a “house” out of pretzel sticks and cube cheese. And of course kids are always thrilled by the old favorite of ants on a log (celery, peanut butter and raisins.)
What have you done to make snack time more interesting in your house?