Daycare Snack Ideas

Great snack ideas can be the easiest part of your job. Children are always ready for a snack.

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Snack time is also more casual than a mealtime and does not even need to be at the table. Sometimes we spread a blanket in the living room, other times we have snack outside.

Never has there been a child who didn’t look forward to snack time. While juice and crackers will suffice, look no further for fun snack-time ideas.




For ways to make snack time more interesting, read on...

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Homemade Butter

Pour one tablespoon of whipping cream into an empty baby food jar. Twist the lid on tight and let the kids start shaking. After some vigorous shaking, a small lump of butter will form in the jar. Let them spread their homemade butter on crackers.

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Cracker Critters

Give each child three animal crackers that are all the same shape. Let them use peanut butter to make three layer cracker sandwiches. The crackers can then stand up on their own.

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Not Quite S’mores

Spread chocolate frosting between graham crackers.

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No Mess S’mores

For a sweet "trail mix" snack idea combine 2 cups of honey graham cereal, 1 cup of mini marshmallows, and ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips.

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Banana Sandwiches

Spread bread with peanut butter. Add banana slices to make eyes and a nose. Use half slices to make a mouth.

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Ants on a Log

An old favorite, but sometimes forgotten. Spread peanut butter or cream cheese on a slice of celery. Add raisins for "ants".

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Cinnamon Poppers

Start with 8 slices of soft white or whole wheat bread. Cut off the crusts. Using ½ cup of strawberry flavored soft-style cream cheese, spread 1 tablespoon of cream cheese on each slice of bread. Roll up each bread slice with the cream cheese inside. Cut each roll into thirds.

Melt ½ cup butter or margarine. Mix together 6 tablespoons of sugar and 3 teaspoons of ground cinnamon. Dip each roll into the butter and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture. (Don’t dip the cut sides of the rolls).

Place rolls on an ungreased cookie sheet, seam side down. Bake at 350 degrees until light brown and crispy. About 12 minutes. Makes 24.

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Smoothies

Use one banana, some frozen strawberries, and one cup of apple or orange juice. Mix in a blender.

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Inside Out Pizza

Grill cheese and tomato in a split pita.

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Ice Cream Bags

For each bag you will need: 1/2 cup milk, 1 tbsp. sugar, 3/4tbsp. vanilla, 6 tbsp. salt, ice, large freezer bag, and a small freezer bag. Mix the milk, sugar and vanilla in the small bag. Close the bag. Put ice in the large bag until it is 1/2 full. Add the salt to the ice. Put the small bag into the large bag, and seal the large bag. Shake the bag for five minutes. Put into the freezer for a few minutes, and enjoy your ice cream. Serve with fresh fruit.

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Mini Ham Sandwiches

Make a simple sandwich and cut it in fourths.

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Cracker Sandwich

Spread a graham cracker with a layer of creamy peanut butter, place slices of bananas on the peanut butter and top with another cracker.

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Mini Pizza

Put pizza sauce, grated cheese, and a couple of pepperoni slices on half a bagel. Heat until cheese melts. Let cool before eating, the cheese can get very hot.

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Banana Rolls

Slice bananas, frost them with peanut butter and roll them in Rice Krispies.

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Frozen Juice Pops

Pour 100% fruit juice into paper cups. Place in the freezer. When they are partially frozen add a craft stick. Freeze until frozen, peel off the paper and enjoy. Serve with crackers.

*This is a great daycare snack idea for one of those really warm summer days.

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