A truly great snack idea can keep your kids from becoming irritable or losing focus during homeschool lessons. Easy homeschool snack ideas make snack time simple and quick for moms. That’s why I’m sharing some of our favorite homeschool snack ideas.
I’ve got a secret to homeschool snacking that saves me time and effort. Plus, it’s a snack idea your child will love!
Keep reading to get the scoop on my favorite homeschool snack ideas that actually work as part of your homeschool day. Plus, discover the tools you’ll need to make homeschool snacks easy every day of the year.
The Homeschool Snack Dilemma
I’m sure you’ve heard the homeschool jokes about second breakfast. If your homeschoolers are hungry all day long too, I’ve got the solution! If snacks have taken over your homeschool days and the phrase you hear most often is “Mom, I’m hungry” you’ll want to check out my best-kept secret for all the snacking.
Emily is a picky eater so my solution to homeschool snacking had to be something she would enjoy, something fun, and something sustainable for me. Ready to see what I came up with?
Snack Trays: This Homeschool Mom’s Best Kept Secret
Snack trays make snacking fun! Plus, they’re easy for me to prep ahead of time. Then, Emily can just grab a tray from the fridge without interrupting the flow of our homeschool day.
Having snack trays prepped for our homeschool days doesn’t just keep the flow, it’s also a great way to foster independence since Emily doesn’t need to ask me to make her a snack throughout the day.
Snack trays save me so much time and stress! Every weekend, I prep snack trays for the coming week. I wash and cut fresh fruits and vegetables. Then, I store the prepared fruits and veggies in a drawer in the fridge to make it easy to grab when I need to replenish our snack trays.
I keep dry ingredients for our snack trays in a designated basket in our pantry. Every night before bed (because I’m a night owl), I prep snack trays for the coming day. Since I prep over the weekend, this is a really easy routine that only takes a couple of minutes.
You could also make all the snack trays for the week during the weekend. Then, you’ll save even more time on snack prep. If you’re planning to make an entire week ahead, consider what you include in each tray to avoid spoilage.
What My Homeschooler Eats for Lunch
What do I put in the snack trays? I try to include a variety of healthy options that I know Emily will enjoy. Usually, I include a fruit, a veggie, and some kind of protein or carb.
Cheese cubes and pepperoni go over well in our snack trays. Fruit is always a big hit too! We like grapes, raisins, apple slices, and berries. Here are some of the other delicious foods we regularly include in our snack trays:
- Deli Meat
- Cheese Cubes
- Celery Sticks
- Baby Carrots
- Cherry Tomatoes
- Cucumber Slices
- Apple Slices
- Dried Cranberries
- Veggie Straws
- Goldfish Crackers
- Animal Crackers
- Freeze Dried Yogurt Drops
- Orange Slices
- Banana Chips
- Baby Sweet Peppers
- Parmesan Crisps
- Babybel Cheese
- Freeze Dried Fruit
- Yogurt Covered Raisins
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.
Incorporating Snacks Into Your Homeschool Lesson Plans
Theming your homeschool snacks to line up with the lessons is a lot of fun! Did you know that theming snacks has huge benefits too? Theming snacks doesn’t just make snack time more fun, it’s also a great way to reinforce the lessons you’re learning in your homeschool.
You can use snack time to encourage healthy eating habits, explore new foods with your homeschooler, and introduce new topics you’ll be learning about during the week. Check out some of the fun ways we theme snacks to match up with our homeschool unit studies and lesson plans.
Traveling the World
You can use snacks to explore the world with your kids! Check out my Traveling the World unit study to get started with ideas about where to go on your culinary adventures.
Have fun taste-testing traditional foods from different places around the world. Then, check out the Universal Yums subscription box for a truly fun and engaging geographic snacking experience with your whole family!
If your homeschoolers are learning alphabet letters and sounds, consider theming snacks to match up with the letter they’re learning that day. For example, apples for A and banana chips for B. Check out my Alphabet Fun pack to help you get started.
You can theme homeschool snacks to match the topics you’re discussing in history too! We had a lot of fun making “mummy hot dogs” while studying Ancient Egypt. Themed snacks like this really help your homeschooler to remember important topics they’re learning about in history.
Holiday snacks are tons of fun for homeschoolers of all ages! Check out Santa’s Tasty Trip Around the World for great ideas on holiday treats from around the world you can enjoy with your whole family.
Everything You Need To Create Your Own Homeschool Snack Trays
There are lots of great snack trays you can use to create your own version at home. My favorites come from Easy Lunch Boxes. These containers have three to four compartments and come in lots of fun colors.
Having lots of color options makes it easy to color code your snack trays by giving each kid a different color or assigning each day a color. Another thing I like about them is that you can use these in the refrigerator, microwave, or dishwasher. Plus, they’re easy to take along when we travel.
If you want to add even more fun to your homeschool snack trays you can use things like silicone cupcake liners in cool shapes, fun toothpicks to eat with, and awesome sandwich cutters. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Silicone Cupcake Liners
- Stainless Steel Cookie Cutters
- Animal Themed Fruit Forks
- Bento Box Toothpicks
- Cute Condiment Containers
It’s such a relief to have a solution to the snack dilemma in our homeschool! I hope I’ve given you some ideas for snack time this year. What’s your go-to homeschool snack?