No one tells you that one of the hardest parts of homeschooling is feeding everyone all day everyday. I swear some days it felt like I spent more time making food than homeschooling.
Can you relate to that? If so I have a solution for you: Easy Homeschool Snack Ideas.
The Homeschool Snack Dilemma
Kids have to eat and as their moms it’s our job to feed them. But does that job really have to take over our days?
I mean I don’t know about you but sometimes it feels like I am raising an animal and not a child. She is hungry all day long. And hearing “mom, I’m hungry” gets old quick!
I needed a solution to the snack dilemma that was going to be easy for me. I wanted something I could prep the night before for the next day and be done with the “can I have a snack?” for good.
But, it was tricky because Emily is a very picky eater so my solution had to be something fun and easy for her too.
Snack Trays: This Homeschool Mom’s Best Kept Secret
That’s when we tried and fell in love with snack trays. These snack trays have been such an amazing addition to our homeschool. They have saved me so much time and stress.
On the weekend I prep any of the food I will need for the snack trays for the coming week. Mostly that means washing and cutting the fruits and veggies. I put all of the fruits and veggies in ziplock bags and place them in the drawer in the fridge. I also keep a basket in the pantry with any of the dry snacks I might want to use.
Each night before I go to bed (because I am a night owl and not a morning person) I prefill her snack tray. Because I prepped most of the things over the weekend it is as simple as me grabbing her tray and throwing what I feel like is an even and somewhat healthy variety of snacks in it.
I don’t have a specific method of what I put in it each day. I just try to make sure there is a fruit and/or veggie and maybe some protein. I ensure Emily likes what is in her tray by asking her for what she might be in the mood for when I grocery shop. This helps curb the “I don’t want this” when she sees what’s in her tray.
Some of the things I frequently use in our homeschool snack trays:
- lunch meat
- cheese cubes
- apple slices
- veggie straws
Once I have filled the tray each night my snack duty is done. During the day she knows that her tray is prepped and ready for her to graze. And I no longer have to field the snack questions. I simply remind her about her snack tray.
Depending on what you planned to include in your snack trays you could even prep an entire weeks worth at one time and really save yourself some time and energy during the homeschool week.
Snacks That Actually Work As Part of your Homeschool
It’s no secret that I love a good theme. And while I don’t do it very often I think it’s fun to theme snacks to what you are learning about in your homeschool lessons.
It is a great way to get kids to try new foods and to enrich the learning.
For example if you are doing an around the world study such as Traveling the World you could get snacks from the countries you will be learning about for your snack trays.
If you have a kiddo learning their letters or sounds Alphabet Fun includes a list of snack ideas for every letter of the alphabet. This was one ways we would incoporate food into our preschool days. It was so much fun to expose Emily to new foods and learn letters and sounds at the same time.
But, I think my favorite themed snack we have ever done was the mummy hot dogs we made to go with Unit 3 from Passport to Adventures. Emily even helped make them which added another layer to the learning that took place.
Everything You Need To Create Your Own Homeschool Snack Trays
My personal favorite snack trays are from Easy Lunch Boxes. They offer some three or four compartment tupperware containers that can be refrigerated or microwaved and they have survived quite well in the dishwasher too. I also love that they come in multiple colors.
If you have more than one kiddo you can give each child their own snack tray color. Another feature I like is that they are ready to take on the go so if you are taking your homeschool on the go these are perfect!
I am so happy to have found a solution to our homeschool snack dilemma!
What about you? How do you handle snacks in your homeschool?