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Fall is the eye of the storm in my calendar every year. We’ve just survived the rush of back-to-school and settled into a family routine. The holidays are just around the corner. This time of year I take a deep breath and find ways to make sure our family routine is established and works well for all of us. Busy afternoons when the kids arrive home from school have always been a challenge for my family. These delicious and easy snacks kids can make themselves are one way we keep our afternoons organized and I encourage independence in my children at the same time.
While maintaining an organized and calm family schedule is important in our family of five, teaching independence and life skills is equally important. Encouraging my children from a young age to make their own easy snacks when they come home from school is a win-win for me. It teaches my children life skills and independence and keeps me from being a snack producing bottle neck at that hectic after-school time.
When the kids get home from school, they’re exhausted and starving. They also have a load of homework hanging over them. Making snack preparation quicker means we tame the hunger monster sooner and get focused on completing homework sooner. Having snack ingredients set up and waiting means that my children will eat mom-approved snacks rather than grabbing whatever they can find.
My children have always loved learning to do things for themselves. Making snacks together are the perfect way to encourage their independence and do it with a fun and delicious learning opportunity. When they first started school, they needed more assistance from me in making snacks, but pretty quickly they were able to prepare their own snacks when I set out a snack-making buffet for them. I place items that they can handle themselves or prep items ahead of time, like cutting apple slices for them, My children have a grand time creating their own fruit taco combinations.
Easy Snacks Kids Can Make Themselves – Fruit Tacos
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- Peanut Butter
- Almond Butter
- Spreadable Cheese
- Greek Yogurt
- Pumpkin Butter
- Apple Butter
- Dried Cranberries
- Dried Apricots
Nuts or Seeds
- Flax Seed
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Warm the tortilla or heat the frozen pancakes or waffles. This makes spreading the spreadable protein or fruit a bit easier.
Spread your favorite spreadable protein or fruit on the base.
Add your favorite fruit. If you’re encouraging independent snack prep, choose fruits like berries that are just washed and added to the taco or bananas that even younger children can slice with a plastic knife.
Your child can create her own favorite combinations of fruit tacos.
Some of our favorite combos are:
- Spreadable cheese and berries
- Peanut butter and bananas
- Pumpkin butter and dried cranberries
- Greek yogurt, berries and flax seed
- Applesauce and walnuts
Fold in half and enjoy your fruit taco. They’re perfect for snacking while doing homework because the filling usually stays neatly in place and hands don’t usually get too messy.
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These Fruit Tacos are my family’s favorite easy snacks kids can make themselves. They make me happy, my kids happy and teach my children critical life skills at the same time. Check out more delicious snack and recipe ideas from Eggo.