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Ideas for a Preschooler-Approved, Healthy & Fun Snack Time

 

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At our school's Early Year's Center, we have quite a lot of experience with snack time. Healthy snacks are essential for fueling developing young minds as they learn and grow throughout the school day. Offering a variety of snacks is important for complete nutrition and to be sure snack time stays interesting and fun.

Here are a few INT'L* Preschool-tested snacking tips that you can adapt for your own child at home.

Offer Preschooler-Approved Healthy Foods 

Young children are often picky eaters, so here is a list of foods that we know from experience will appeal to a vast majority preschool-aged children.

  • IMG_0363Cheese (gouda, cheddar, string cheese)
  • Plain yogurt with a small amount of jam or honey mixed in
  • Mini bagel with cream cheese
  • Whole wheat sliced bread with all-fruit spread
  • Whole grain low-sugar cereals
  • Crackers (whole wheat/salt-free pretzels, whole grain crackers, rice cakes) with cheese
  • Fruits (banana, orange, apple, grapes, clementines, fruit salad, dried fruits/raisins)
  • Dried seaweed snacks
  • Lightly salted popcorn
  • Veggie sticks with hummus
 
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Make Snack Time Fun!
  • Make fun shapes with cookie cutters. A boring piece of bread becomes a fun snack when cut into the shape of a flower. Smaller cutters transform fruit or vegetable slices into appealing but healthy treats.In addition to choosing the right foods, adding a small touch of whimsy and novelty to snack time can go a long way towards stimulating a young child's appetite for healthy foods.
  • Offer a variety of snacks in an ice cube tray for a visually appealing treat. Kids love having the agency to make their own pick among an assortment of healthy choices.
  • Let kids play with "designing" their food. Have them add raisins to a celery stick with peanut butter and it becomes a fun "ants on a log." Help them stick a green pepper stick onto a clementine with a toothpick and it becomes a "pumpkin." "Playing" with food engages kids' imaginations as well as appetites.
  • Bake healthy treats together. There are many recipes online for healthy baked treats (such as muffins). If you have the time, whip up a batch with your child. Baking together will help your child learn about measurement, learn to follow directions, and refine their fine motor skills.
  • Chat with fellow parents about what snacks their kids enjoy. You might even conspire to introduce each others' kids to new healthy foods, because a new taste can be much more appealing when tried with a friend.

Here's to happy & healthy snacking! 

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*In 2020, the International School of the Peninsula (ISTP) formally changed its name to Silicon Valley International School (INT’L) to better reflect its bilingual programs, location, and international values.

 

 

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