My boys have been coming home from school famished. The first words out of their mouths are 'What's for snack?' as they drop their backpacks and start rummaging through the cupboard.
I've been incredibly frustrated because I'll list option after option...all met with groans of dissatisfaction.
"We've got graham crackers." Ugh. No.
"How about pretzels?" Uh uh.
"Fig bars?" I don't feel like fig bars.
And on and on this would go. All the while things are falling out of the cupboard as they are searching in the deepest darkest corners for something that's good.
I needed a snack solution.
And, it wasn't new fancy snacks.
I needed to make their options more visible and accessible. Then they would be responsible for choosing what they would eat. Here's what I did...
I hadn't put away our picnic basket yet (usually after summertime is over it goes back up in the attic). I decided to bag up snack choices in snack sized baggies and put them in the picnic basket.
This was a great way to clear my cupboards of mostly empty cracker boxes and bags. And, it's all easy for them to see & reach.
Some snacks I bagged....
ranch fish crackers
smores fish crackers
The boys were very receptive to this yesterday. They each probably picked out 3 or 4 bags of snacks. (I think I'm going to put a 1 or 2 bag limit on them. But yesterday I didn't want to squelch their enthusiasm.). The BEST part was NO WHINING!
I'd like to do something similar to this with refrigerated items and have a spot set aside in the fridge with easy to grab & eat snacks - little baggies of carrots, string cheese, yogurt, fruit, etc.
What do you do for snacks at your house?