5 Almost Healthy Snacks for Children

I say these snacks are almost healthy because there is limited additional sugar added to the recipes. There are ingredients that do contain sugar but you can shop around and try and find a healthier version.

Let the children help make their own snack as much as possible. You may want to choose a day in the beginning of the week and make several snacks that would be available during the week.

“O give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good: for His mercy endureth forever.” Psalm 107:1

Limit the amount of snack you give your child so they will be hungry for the next meal. My grandchildren are bottomless pits and could snack all day long if given the chance.

FRUIT JUICE PUNCH
Mix equal parts of orange, cranberry, and apple juice. Pineapple juice is also good mixed in.

NO-BAKE OATMEAL COOKIES
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup peanut/almond butter
1 cup uncooked rolled oats
1 cup dry milk
Put honey and peanut/almond butter in bowl and mix well. Slowly add dry milk and oatmeal. Stir and mix well. Make into small balls and refrigerate.

PITA ROLL UPS WITH CHEESE
Grate cheese and place on pita half. Melt in broiler or microwave oven. Have the children roll it up, then eat. For additional protein add warmed refried beans on the pita bread before adding the cheese. Flour tortillas can be used also.

FRUIT KEBOBS
Pieces of your favorite fresh fruit such as pineapple, melon, strawberries, apple, peach, or banana. You will also need orange or pineapple juice, wood skewers, and shredded coconut. Put a few pieces of fruit on a skewer. Dip in juice then roll in coconut.

FROZEN YOGURT SANDWICHES
You need a carton of flavored yogurt(it depends how much you are making) or you can get vanilla or plain yogurt and add your own fresh fruit, and graham crackers or a healthier version of cookies. Have the children spread the yogurt on the cracker, wrap in wax paper and freeze for several hours or overnight. When ready to eat, take out and enjoy. The graham cracker will have softened and tastes like an “ice cream” sandwich.

Chalk Paint

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As the weather is getting nicer and staying warmer, it’s fun for the children to do art outside. One way they can do this is to make some chalk paint and then let them paint outside to their hearts desire.

You can find a recipe for chalk paint at kidsstuffworld.com

You may want to give the children guidelines as to what they can and cannot paint. This is washable so you can have your child help to hose it off after everyone gets to see it.

If you wanted to further extend this activity you could take a picture of what your child painted and print it out. Your child can write about what they painted or they can dictate to you what they want to say about it.

I did this activity at an orphanage in Mexico and the children loved it. There was a concrete wall that they loved painting different colors.

Chalk painting in Mexico.

Chalk painting in Mexico.


When planning this actvity have a variety of paintbrushes to use. I like to purchase the paint brushes at the Dollar Store or Walmart. You can get different widths of paintbrushes to use.

Sensory Tub Water Play

Children love playing with water whether it’s jumping in a puddle, splashing in a pool or playing in a container with water.

When you want to set up a water tub activity think about where you want to do it. If the weather is nice, outside would be ideal. If not, with some planning they can have a great time inside.

Have available towels, tarps, or plastic table cloths to put underneath the tub. Do it in an area where it can be easily cleaned up like the kitchen floor. Also have some tools that your child can use like funnels, cups, water wheel, turkey baster, or egg beaters.

Water tub fun! C playing on the kitchen floor.

Water tub fun! C playing on the kitchen floor.

When you want to have the children clean things you can use – toys, rocks, play dishes, dolls, or anything that can be washed. Have accessible sponges, old toothbrushes, or rags to wash things. Have handy a towel to dry things.

Think of what your child is wearing when they will be playing in the water. 95% of the time they will get themselves wet even drenched. Have extra clothes handy and/or a plastic apron that covers them.

If you have two tubs you can have one with soapy water and the other one clear water to rinse things off.

Remember when children are playing in and near water adult supervisions is necessary. Children can drown in inches of water.

Have fun and be safe!

Paper Towel Tubes

Yes, I save paper towel tubes. You never know when you might use them.

I work in an infant class and I recently came up with an idea to use paper towel tubes. I save them at work also. You need paper towel tubes (1 or 2), ping pong balls (bouncy balls or pom poms would work also), basket or container to catch the balls, and masking tape.

I taped the paper towel tube to a cupboard where the toddlers could reach it. I also put a basket beneath the tube to catch the ping pong balls. I showed the toddlers how to do it and after a few times, they were putting the ball in the tube and watching it come out the bottom.

They had fun dropping the balls through the tube and into a basket.

Shredded Paper Art

When your child is done playing with the shredded paper you can use it for art. They can glue it on paper or use it for hair on pictures they drew.

If they are making a pumpkin from a lunch bag they can use shredded paper to stuff the bag before they paint it.

I like to leave the material out and have the children come up with their own ideas of what they can make with it.

Shredded Paper Sensory Tub

One thing I like to do besides saving miscellaneous things(corks, small water/juice bottles, lids, etc.) is trying to use things around the house that could be used for sensory play. If you have a paper shredder or know someone who does – get a bagful of shredded paper.

You can put the shredded paper in the sensory tub along with some items you can hide in there. Have the children try and find different things that you have put in there using tongs, a plastic spoon, or their hands.

Shredded Paper Fun

Shredded Paper Fun

Looking for hidden objects.

Looking for hidden objects.

Another thing you can do is take pictures of the items you are putting in. Print out the pictures and write the names on the back. The children can look for the different things in the sensory tub and match them to the pictures.

You can also count how many things you put in there and have your child find the exact number of items.

Pool Noodle Art

When you see foam pool noodles at the store, you don’t usually think of it having anything to do with art.There are several different things that you can do with them. You can slice them up in one inch rounds to string necklaces, to build with, and to paint with.

Foam Pool Noodles

Foam Pool Noodles

Painting with a foam noodle flower.

Painting with a foam noodle flower.

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I took some of the pool noodles that I had and sliced and hot glued a cork on the inside. This way made it easier for the children to paint with. You can put the paint on a paperplate or tray and have the child dip the foam in the paint and stamp it on the paper. I like to use the flower shape foam noodles for the design when you slice it.

I usually purchase the foam noodles at the Dollar Store. They are seasonal so you might want to purchase extra for another time. On a furture post I will share more ideas of what to do with foam pool noodles.

Sensory Fun

Little H playing with sand.

Little H playing with sand.


My grandchildren love playing with a sensory tub. As you can see in the pictures you can use a variety of containers. I have used aluminum pans, dish pans, and cardboard boxes. I usually put the container on an old tablecloth or tarp or inside of a larger box to help with cleanup.

It’s important to have your child/children help in the cleanup. Small dustpans and brooms that you can get at the Dollar Store or Wal Mart would be very useful. Store the sensory material in zip loc bags or plastice containers. You can then rotate the different material.

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C playing with sand and construction vehicles.

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K playing with sand and construction vehicles.