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Snack basket - a way to save time and track portion sizes for kids

I’m not sure how things go in your family, but typically when one {or more} of our kids disappear to get their mid-morning snack, they tend to meander around the house and sometimes ‘forget’ to return {ahem}. With our schoolroom being a bit away from the kitchen {and out of earshot}, I put together a snack basket that we keep in the schoolroom near my desk – keeping the snacks {and the kids} handy.

Snack Basket Idea-1

This may also have helped cut down on two certain little boys {who shall remain nameless}, from digging into the various boxes of snacks and cereal…or the s’mores marshmallows that they find in the pantry. It’s also been really helpful in teaching our kids what REAL portion sizes are – as in, you don’t eat half a box of something and think that’s ok.

Snack Basket Idea-2

Each week I load up the basket with a variety of snacks that the kids like: trail mix, crackers, pretzels, fruit, a special treat, granola bars, etc… The snacks are bagged in the small snack-size Ziploc bags or a Tupperware container. We reuse the bags and containers each week, but this has saved me a HUGE amount of time during the week.

Just a simple idea, but I wanted to share a little something that has helped us out these last six weeks. What timesavers and helps have you found to help your week run a little more smoothly?


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  • Samantha LaFountain

    I love it. We don’t have that particular problem but my kids always whine about what I’ve chosen for snack in the afternoons perhaps creating a basket for the week would cut down on that though. They could choose from what’s available and no reason to whine.

  • thegirlwhopaintedtrees

    Great idea! We lose so much time with our snack break that we end up having to do school after lunch. A snack basket in the schoolroom would maybe help us with that!

  • Marianne @ Abundant Life

    As my kids get older, they are becoming more ‘creative’ in the snack department. This is great at certain times but not in the middle of the schoolday! I love this simple idea for taking the guesswork out of snack time. Thanks!

  • I did a full two weeks ahead and saved one week’s worth in a bag up high in the pantry. Monday morning I just dumped all of the snacks in and we were ready to go. HUGE help!

  • sabrina

    What a great idea….especially when you don’t want the kids ‘wandering’ throughout the house during their school day. Love it!

  • Monika

    I do the same thing except we always have cut up fruit ready in the fridge. It makes things go more smoothly when they can get snacks for themselves.

  • I’ve just been putting some apples and bananas in there since we have other fruit in our smoothies later. :) Saves me even more time not cutting it up and hearing the ‘ewww…it brown!!!’ {sigh}

  • I LOVE this idea! It’s so simple, but perfect. I’m sure this saves on times. I also like how there is no confusion as to how “much” to eat. :)

  • we have a few “I will eat forever” children…so the bags have definitely helped on the constant snacking! :)

  • Mrs. R.

    What a great idea! We’re gonna COPY it. :-)

  • go right ahead!! :)

  • Christy

    I just picked up some of those Ball plastic containers on clearance at Target that I am going to use for this same thing! I just need to get organized with prepping things every week. :)

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