It’s time to start planning for after school snack time! My kids are starving the second they get home from school. They head straight to the kitchen and raid the shelves for snacks. To make it easier for them to help themselves, we keep snacks organized in one place: The Snack Station.
Snack Stations make it easy for my kids to grab mom-approved snack foods. I put a Snack Station in the pantry and another Snack Station in the fridge.
Snack Stations help me keep up with what foods my kids are eating, and what I need to buy at the grocery store. Right now is a great time to shop Box Tops For Education products. Look for specially marked packages.
The Box Tops program is an easy way for schools to earn cash. Box Tops can be found on hundreds of participating products, including the snacks I buy for our kids Snack Station.
How to Make a Snack Station
All you need to organize a Snack Station is a food storage container and, of course, lots of good snacks! TIP: Use a container that fits your shelf space and is large enough to hold a variety of snacks. The containers I use are a 1.5 gallon size that measure 16.6″ x 11.3″ x 3.5″
Pantry Snack Stations are for snack foods that don’t require refrigeration. And you guessed it — the Fridge Snack Station is for the snacks you want to store in the refrigerator.
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Snack Ideas For Kids
For the Pantry Snack Station:
- Dried Fruits, Fruit Snacks and Fruit Roll-ups
- Cereal (Cheerios)
- Bars (Nature Valley Granola Bars, Fiber One)
- Trail Mix
TIP: Buy full size packages and divide them into kid-friendly portions using Ziploc snack bags.
For the Fridge Snack Station:
- Fruits (apples, grapes, berries)
- Veggies (baby carrots, celery, sugar snap peas)
- Yogurt (yogurt cups and Yoplait GoGurt)
- Cheese Sticks
- Lunch Meat
TIP: Slice fruits and veggies ahead of time and store in snack-sized Ziploc baggies.
I keep our Snack Stations stocked and ready for when the kids get home from school. They know they can pick anything they want from the snack station without even having to ask Mom if it’s okay. I like to surprise them when I refill the container with different kinds of snacks. Sometimes my kids will even try a completely new food from the snack station. Snack stations make snack time easy and fun for everyone.
What will you put in your child’s Snack Station? Do you clip Box Tops for Education? Share your ideas with us in the comments below.
Want more snack station inspiration? Check out our hanging snack station – it lets you see all your snacks at a glance!
Amy Desrosiers says
We have something very similar in our home too! I like having all the snacks in one easy place.
I just started a snack station for my 3 year old. She’s able to open the fridge by herself so why not steer her to good snacks! She LOVES bell peppers so a mix of 4 color strips is the winner this week. I also have a “deconstructed” pizza of sorts: cheese sticks, crackers and mini pepperoni.
Hi Ella, That is so wonderful you have it set up for her to pick nutritious snacks. And amazing she will eat bell peppers at such a young age! 🙂 I wish my kids would do that! Yum, I’m going to have to put your ideas for deconstructed pizza items in our snack station next week – my kids would LOVE that. Thanks! —Nicole
Emily @DomesticDeadline.com says
This is on my to do list when I get home! I planned specific places for snack stations in our new kitchen. #HomeMattersParty
Lorelai @ Life With Lorelai says
Yes! Snack stations are a great idea. The kids can choose what they like saving you time all while knowing they are getting something smart and nutritious. Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty 🙂
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Donna @ Modern on Monticello says
So very organized! I needed this idea when my kids were in school. Such a great idea. #HomeMattersParty
I love this idea, though I don’t have any kids yet.. I may need create one for myself:) #HomeMattersParty
You are totally right! Everyone needs a snack station, not just the kiddos. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! -Nicole