One of the challenges of looking after a classroom full of preschoolers is organizing a snack time that’s healthy, efficient, and fun. While it can be a challenge to meet all of those criteria each day, you can meet the needs of the children in your class by setting up a routine that you follow each day. These tips can help.
Make a Daily Snack Chart
Instead of frequent interruptions from curious children, you’ll find that the days flow more easily when you post a snack chart on the wall. You can create a different chart each day or create one that covers the full week at once. The chart should share the snack for each day and the beverage that will be served with the snack. If snack time varies from day to day, it may also be helpful to post the time during which snacks will be available.
Create a Serving Station
Instead of serving each child, you should teach them independence by allowing them to serve themselves. Set up a station that supplies paper plates, napkins, and plastic cutlery. Allow the children to get their snacks, and encourage them to clean up their messes after they’re finished eating. This can also be an excellent opportunity to work on table manners by teaching your children good eating practices.
You can provide healthy snacks that are fun to eat by arranging the snacks to look like animals. For example, you can create a bear by spreading peanut butter on a piece of toast and using banana slices for the ears and blueberries for the eyes. Another idea is to spread cream cheese on celery sticks and top them with cherry tomatoes to make caterpillars. You can find more ideas for creative snacks online, or you can use your imagination.
In choosing the snacks to provide for your students, be sure to communicate with their parents. This will help you meet dietary needs, such as avoiding foods that cause allergic reactions in some of the children. It can also help you discover which foods the children in your class like the most, allowing you to make snack time more enjoyable for everyone.