Child & Adult Care Food Program
Snacks with child appeal
Planning snacks is an important task for all child care facilities. Snacks fill an essential nutritional need for young children who need that extra boost to meet their energy and growth needs. It requires time and effort to plan them creatively day after day. Day care providers accept the challenge to serve affordable foods the children like and to meet the CACFP requirements.
Snacks are a responsibility, but they are also an opportunity. Besides feeding hungry children they can also encourage good eating habits by providing children with food preparation activities and introducing new foods. They can also be used to teach math, vocabulary and other concepts.
Not every snack needs to require a lot of preparation time or be a complicated activity, but remember that there is more for snackers than crackers! Crackers and fruit juice or milk is a popular menu item, but variety is fun and healthy, too.
Here's a fun and easy way to introduce yeast to children. Children of all ages can participate in making the pretzels. Give each child a lump of dough to knead and shape into animals, numbers, letters or whatever they choose to create. Bake and enjoy.