Preschoolers are extremely active, as well as rapidly growing both physically and mentally. Therefore, healthy snacks between meals are an important part of a preschool student’s diet. The following four snacks turn an otherwise repetitive snack time into a creative preschool activity.
Note - Always remember to check with parents about food allergies or other dietary restrictions before serving any snack in the classroom.
Painting on bread is a creative way to make an otherwise plain food fun.
Ingredients: bread, milk, liquid food coloring, toaster, unused paintbrushes
Preparation: Mix various colors of food coloring with milk. Wash the paintbrushes in warm soapy water.
- Give each preschooler a piece of bread.
- Use the clean paintbrushes to paint on the bread with the colored milk.
- Carefully supervise to make sure that the bread does not become saturated with moisture.
- Toast the painted bread.
- Serve as a creative preschool snack.
Making cereal necklaces is a creative snack that improves the fine motor skills of preschoolers.
Ingredients: Fruit Loops, Apple Jacks, Cheerios, other O-shaped cereals, food safe twine
- Give each preschooler a piece of twine that is long enough to form a necklace.
- Help the children string the cereal onto the twine.
- Tie the ends of the twine together to form a necklace.
Mini Fruit and Veggie Pizzas
Ingredients: whole wheat English muffins, whipped cream cheese, fruit and vegetable slices
Preparation: Cut the English muffins in half. Spread a thin layer of whipped cream cheese on the cut side of the muffins.
- Give each child an English muffin half with cream cheese.
- Allow the preschoolers to top their “mini pizzas” with an assortment of fruits or veggies.
Peanut Butter Bear Tracks
Note - Always adhere to your school’s policy on using peanut butter in the classroom. A good substitute (depending on the situation) may be other nut-based products - such as Nutella,
Making peanut butter bear tracks allows young children with an acceptable outlet to play with their food before eating.
Ingredients: Teddy Grahams, graham crackers, creamy peanut butter
Preparation: Spread peanut butter on one side of the graham crackers.
- Give each child a graham cracker with peanut butter and some Teddy Grahams.
- Allow the preschoolers to use the Teddy Grahams to make bear tracks through the peanut butter.
- Use this opportunity to talk about bears, animals, footprints, and other related topics. Eat the snack at the end of the activity.
Growing preschoolers often need snacks between meal times. Turn snack time into an engaging activity with these creative preschool snacks.