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We were barely one week into the new school year and I accidentally forgot to send a snack to school with my first grader. It must have been pretty traumatic for him because the minute I picked him up from school, he was asking me why I didn’t send him anything to eat (in a pitiful little voice that was so sad I had forgotten about him and his hungry tummy.) He went on and on about how everyone else’s mom had remembered to send a snack, and how he had nearly starved until lunchtime, and so on and so forth… This kid really knows how to lay on the mom guilt!
I decided it was time for him and his brothers to take a little more responsibility for themselves and their back-to-school snacks. We had a quick lesson on how to pack snacks in their backpack every morning.
To make it easier for them, I organized our snacks in a hanging snack station. Look closely and you will see that the snack organizer is really an over-the-door shoe organizer that found a new purpose! It’s got plenty of see-through pockets that work great for snack organization and storage. The kids can reach in and grab the snack they want.
Just imagine the excitement when your kids come in and they see this: (Cue the heavenly choir music: Ahhhhhhh!)
The first time my boys came home and saw the hanging snack station, they were literally dumbfounded for a minute. They thought I was pulling some sort of prank on them. They couldn’t believe that all these awesome snacks were just for them.
The Nabisco multi-packs I buy at my Smith’s grocery store are an easy way to stock up on a variety of snacks. Between all the different kinds of cookies and crackers, there’s something for everyone. There’s Mini Ritz Crackers, OREO, Barnum’s Mini Animals Crackers, and Teddy Grahams, just to name a few.
My kids will eat all the snacks in the variety packs so there’s no waste of any snacks they don’t like. Plus, each single serving bag has just the right portion size to satisfy their snack appetite. The conveniently pre-packaged bags are perfect for sending to school as well as when we need on-the-go snacks.
Snack Hack: Pre-Pack Your Own Single Serve Snack Bags
Look at the nutrition label on the side of the box to see how many cookies/crackers equal one serving. Measure out the amount you need into a plastic snack size baggie and zip to seal.
Do you think the over-the-door snack station is a good idea? I like it because having a hanging snack organizer saves space in the kitchen and makes it easy for everyone to see what snacks we have in stock. I can tell when we are running low on snacks and it’s time to go to the store for more.
To make a hanging snack station like this one, you will need:
- Over-the-door Shoe Organizer (with 24 see-through pockets)
- Your favorite snacks
Simply decide which side of the pantry door you want your organizer to hang down on, and use the organizer’s hooks to attach it to the top of the door. Fill each pocket with snacks and you are good to go.
What snacks would you use to fill your hanging snack station? What are your child’s favorite Nabisco snack cookies and/or crackers?