What are your tips for making snack time fun?

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Kristine - posted on 02/15/2011

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dipping choices...yogurt, peanut butter, salad dressing, melty cheese. got a special occasion? chocolate! Also, cut up 2 fruits or veggies and see who can make the most creative picture with them, add a few pretzles or crackers to make it more fun...then eat!

Samantha - posted on 02/16/2011

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I use cookie cutters to make their snacks into different shapes, think cheeses, sandwiches, etc. And I let them help me use the cookie cutters to make them into the shapes. They have a blast!

Nika - posted on 02/16/2011

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we ( the kids and I ) pick out all snacks (and other meals) for the week then draw a "party in my tummy" chart ( pictures of each food with a smiley face ) then as we eat them we cross them off. At the end of the week if everything is crossed off we get a "special treat"...this week is ice cream! We have snack time at the park most days ( weather permitting ) and before they can play they have to finish their snack. :D

Stacey - posted on 02/16/2011

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Ever try making a bento box snack or lunch. My little guy loves them. Check out www.antoherlunch.com for ideas.

Thepmala - posted on 02/14/2011

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Snack time more fun? I don't understand...do they not want snacks?

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Amy - posted on 04/16/2011

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I must have missed the point of snack time. When my kids are hungry and need a snack they sit at the table like the do at meals and just eat the snack. It's really not that big of a deal here. Only "fun" snack time is with daddy on fridays with popcorn and a movie.

Natasha - posted on 04/02/2011

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my daughter does not have time to mess with her food she just wants it and stuffs her face lol

Tine - posted on 03/31/2011

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Don't try too hard!

Toddlers will eat what they need when they need it, if they have very regular access to a variety of healthy food.You should avoid worrying about what your child eats in a day, and look at it over the course of a week instead.

I have always had fruit, toast, etc on offer for my daughter, and we used baby - led weaning (ie when she was ready we simply allowed her to choose what to eat when, with no pressure, from a selection of healthy foods that were safe for her age. No purees or mashes, very little combined foods). She loves food! Her favourite things are apples, broccoli, miso soup, seaweed, and right now she's enjoying some gluten free muesli!

I think the worst way to get a kid who enjoys healthy food and a healthy eating pattern is to pressure or coerce, and that to me includes any form of bribery or tempting. That also includes you getting anxious about what when or how they eat - they will get anxious too!

I think a really normal, low key appraoch to food where a healthy range of things is always on offer is the best way to go. Set meal and snack times and places may work for some toddlers, but certainly not all (not my 2 and a half year old!), and toddlers are programmed to eat as they breastfeed - regularly throughout the day.

Relax and let your child enjoy real food in its natural state whenever they wish to, would be my best tip! :-)

Malena - posted on 03/31/2011

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my favorite is making ppl in cars lol... you take celery cut it up into decent lengths add peanut butter to the center add rasins for ppl and for wheels take carrots cut into medium sized peaces take four of the pieces and add to either side of a toothpick after adding the toothpick to each end of the celery...

Val - posted on 03/31/2011

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Let your child fix the snack with you, tell them to pick thire favorite toy and go for a picnic! My little girl use to love that we still do it when thire not in school,

Carissa - posted on 03/31/2011

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get messy!!! also lets them experence textures, finger paint with yoghurt, mash potatoe faces things like that!
just remember the mess can be cleaned up but the memories last a life time!

Lauren - posted on 03/28/2011

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Bentos have saved my sanity while trying to get my kids to eat anything... snacks or real meals, bentos are my savior! ;)

Kelly - posted on 03/28/2011

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we like to freeze grapes and go gurt tubes (way less messy) we also do ants on a log, celery and peanut butter with different dried fruits ie cranberries, dates, yogurt covered rasins.

Brenda - posted on 03/28/2011

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Not sure why snack time needs to be fun as long as they eat their meals snacks aren't a necessity

Brenda - posted on 03/28/2011

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Not sure why snack time needs to be fun as long as they eat their meals snacks aren't a necessity

Miki - posted on 03/27/2011

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change a plate to like a cute lunch boxes! or wrapping a rice(bread or fruit) w colorful plastic wrap!!

Rachel - posted on 03/26/2011

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Let your kids help make the snack! My daughter loves to sit on the counter and help. Not only does this make things fun for your child, it creates bonding, and teaches them skills they can use when they are older. My 4 year old daughter can make homemade biscuits, cookies, cakes, along with a slew of other things.

Rachel - posted on 03/26/2011

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Let your kids help make the snack! My daughter loves to sit on the counter and help. Not only does this make things fun for your child, it creates bonding, and teaches them skills they can use when they are older. My 4 year old daughter can make homemade biscuits, cookies, cakes, along with a slew of other things.

Kelly - posted on 03/26/2011

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i let my kids pick out three snacks and then they tell me which one they want and sometimes i let them help make it or we make fun things out of there snacks.

Jenny - posted on 03/25/2011

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My 2 year old loves chicken nuggets. I found some in the shape of dinosours and I take food coloring and add it to her mashpotatoes and make little mountains and use sweet and sour sauce as water. She walks the dinosours through the plate and growls and eats. This is not a quick dinner by the way, but pertend play is so important at this age.

Marissa - posted on 03/23/2011

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We count our snack, or we spell it. My son like it. i am sure not all kids would think Snack time, Math time would be all that fun.

Marissa - posted on 03/23/2011

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We count our snack, or we spell it. My son like it. i am sure not all kids would think Snack time, Math time would be all that fun.

Melissa - posted on 03/23/2011

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My son loves things like banana dogs (a banana on a hot dog bun with peanut butter), or making his own granola bars, or also cutting fruits with cookie cutters into fun shapes.

Amie - posted on 03/23/2011

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Just the name "snack time" is fun. It makes me think of small size food portions. Often in containers that all good mums can pull out of her hand bag when ever needed.

Amie - posted on 03/23/2011

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Just the name "snack time" is fun. It makes me think of small size food portions. Often in containers that all good mums can pull out of her hand bag when ever needed.

Rowena - posted on 03/22/2011

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Hi All, I get my daughter to cut out shapes in the sandwiches with cookie cutters - then we make a face with the different shapes. She loves it and then it becomes a game regarding what part of the face she will consume first

Rowena - posted on 03/22/2011

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Hi All, I get my daughter to cut out shapes in the sandwiches with cookie cutters - then we make a face with the different shapes. She loves it and then it becomes a game regarding what part of the face she will consume first

Britny - posted on 03/21/2011

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when i was a kid. my mum would cut up carrots, cheese, kabana, fritz, cucumber and add some crackers and put them on a plate and called it a 'health party' we always enjoyed it, she kept it out between meals and we would snack on it all day without complaining. you could try that. :D

Jenny - posted on 03/20/2011

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ty giiving him cottage cheese with alittle pepper and his choice of meat cut up and some crackers. let him feed himself and sit with him while he does eat and encourage him like saying yum yum or something like that. dont let him have a drink til he eats food. plus during day dont let him have snacks at least 3 hrs before dinner. i hope this help

Jenny - posted on 03/20/2011

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my granddaughter is 2 now but since she was old enough to sit in highchair she has always been in kitchen. she mimics what i do and asks what doing cooking i say yes and she says help. so i give her a bowl with some fruit, crackers and chese, vienna sausages with ketchup. ect. you have to not mind the mess. i have already cut up and let her mix it herself in highchair, she feels as if she cooked and made something good and we share. that is why u make what she likes and you like. plus she helps clean up any messes. I call her my ocd child lol lol. but we have fun

Mickey - posted on 03/19/2011

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Roll ups! Anything in a tortilla wrap is fun for my kids. Especially the green and red (don't tell them it's a veggie flavor). Ham and cheese are real colorful too! ANd they get to make them and roll them up themselves. It's a good snack that doesn't take long.

YOLANDA - posted on 03/18/2011

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Well my tips are to have the kids join in and help with snack time let them make good decisions on what they think would be helpful.

Rachel - posted on 03/18/2011

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LOL my toddler sits at the table and eats animal crackers with maybe a few cheeto's how fun can that be.. he's just happy he gets to eat that junk LOL

Pam - posted on 03/17/2011

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On hot days, I used to love to make fruit salad and put it in ice cream cones. Or when camping use the small bags of fritos, make chili and add it right into the bag add a bit of cheese. You can make the mess little and then snack time is even fun for mommy. My kids also liked trail mix in an ice cream cone...it was a great way to serve it and no throw away stuff.....:)

Jenni - posted on 03/17/2011

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I just saw on walmart website they now make -Scrabble-Junior-cheez-its. They are letters on crackers a easy way for kids to learn letters at same time even spelling words

Jenni - posted on 03/17/2011

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I just saw on walmart website they now make -Scrabble-Junior-cheez-its. They are letters on crackers a easy way for kids to learn letters at same time even spelling words

Deepti - posted on 03/17/2011

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thanks for your support... looking forward to more conversations... happy parenting!!

Amanda - posted on 03/16/2011

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make fun shapes with bread and make little cars so on iwth vegis and fruit there is so much fun things to do for snack time fun and get the kids involved to make their own designs with what ever is on hand!

Caitlyn - posted on 03/15/2011

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LOTS of baking!
My 3yr old is a bake-a-holic!
Also, her and my 18month old like it when i freeze thier yogurt tubes. They think its ice cream, and its healthy.

Caitlyn - posted on 03/15/2011

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LOTS of baking!
My 3yr old is a bake-a-holic!
Also, her and my 18month old like it when i freeze thier yogurt tubes. They think its ice cream, and its healthy.

Lacey - posted on 03/15/2011

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I do what everyone says - dips and lots of them and cut things into shapes. The little cutters by pampered chef are great!!!

Julie - posted on 03/15/2011

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Dipping sauces work great on kids that will eat them but if you have the ultimate picky eater like my two kids then sauces and cheeses doesn't work. I try to use whatever they choose for the day and make some kind of shape or face with it. Our rule is they have to have something healthy before they can have cookies or snack cakes. Half an apple or 10 grapes and they willingly eat that to get "treat"

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i let my son help make his snack, and making fun things that he enjoys, like smoothies, or dips with cut up vegetables or pita bread!

Kerry - posted on 03/13/2011

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I was trying to get my son to eat a sandwich, so I cut off the crust roll out the bread as flat as possible, spread it then roll it up, then cut it into 5 little pieces. he loves it!

Donna - posted on 03/11/2011

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Make things out of the food. Cut the bread into animal shapes, take various parts of the snack to make a boat, etc. Let your child help too is a great idea, I know my grandson loves to help in the kitchen.

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