Preschool Summer Snacks
Summer is the season of fun, sun, and snacks. With preschoolers at home, it is a great opportunity to involve them in the kitchen and let them learn some basic cooking skills while making delicious treats. Here are ten simple and healthy summer snacks that preschoolers can make with a little help from their parents or caregivers.
Cooking and preparing snacks can be a fun and educational experience for preschoolers. By involving them in the kitchen, you can help develop their fine motor skills, teach them about different ingredients, and encourage their creativity. It's one of the best ways to begin to foster independence. Take a look at some summer snacks that are sure to be a hit!
Preschool Snack Ideas
1. Fruit Salad: Ask your preschooler what some of their favorite fruits are and what kinds like they would to be in their fruit salad. Then, cut up the variety of colorful fruits, such as watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, and blueberries, and let the preschoolers mix and match in a bowl. Serve with a dollop of yogurt or honey for extra sweetness. You can also cut the watermelon into a bowl for preschoolers to eat out of, they always enjoy that!
3. Berry Smoothie: blend together frozen mixed berries, banana, yogurt, and a splash of milk or orange juice until smooth and frothy. Students can help to cut the fruit. Let the preschoolers pour and sip from a straw. If you are buying bags of frozen fruit let your preschooler use a pair of tongs to grab the fruit!
5. Ants on a Log: Spread some peanut butter on celery sticks and place raisins or diced apples on top to resemble ants on a log. Let the preschoolers arrange and eat them. If you're preschooler is allergic to peanut butter this is equally as delicious when it's done with cream cheese!
7. Mini Pizzas: Use English muffins or pita bread as a base and let the preschoolers spread some tomato sauce, shredded cheese, and diced vegetables on top. Bake in the oven until the cheese melts and the crust is crispy. Try setting this up as a pizza bar so preschoolers can pick and choose what ingredients they want on their pizzas.
9. Trail Mix: Talk with your preschooler about some of their favorite snacks and decide on what to include in their trail mix. Some recommendations are whole-grain cereal, raisins, pretzels, sunflower seeds and a sweet treat like chocolate chips! Let your preschool measure and scoop each ingredient to mix together to make their own personalized trail mix.
Tip: Take a peek through your pantry and mix together those bags of snacks that are half eaten and create a trail mix. Your preschoolers will feel like it's a brand new treat and it prevents food from being wasted!
11. Apple Nachos: Slice up an apple and let your preschooler arrange it on a plate then you can drizzle a bit of melted peanut butter or chocolate over the top and sprinkled any desired toppings. So delicious!
Summer snacks can be both fun and healthy for preschoolers. By involving them in the kitchen and letting them make their own snacks, preschoolers can learn about nutrition, creativity, and independence. Involving preschoolers in the process is especially helpful when you are struggling with a picky eater, letting them help and create gives them a little encouragement to try something new!
These snack ideas are easy, quick, and delicious, and can be adapted to suit different tastes and preferences. So why not try making some of these snacks with your preschoolers this summer? You might discover some new favorites and create precious memories together.
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