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I don’t know if I raised independent children or if my children are independent and I had to adapt, but either way, it has been a priority of mine to encourage my children to be able to do things for themselves starting at an early age. I always kept mom-approved snacks on shelves in the pantry and refrigerator that my children could reach starting at about age two and a half. They knew they could ask permission to have a snack and then go get their own snack. They were thrilled with gaining some independence and I was thrilled to watch them practice the skills of self-sufficiency. At age five, my son created his own signature snack and it’s still a family favorite. Mom-approved, fun snacks that include fruit or vegetables and protein and that kids can make themselves make both mom and kids happy – and that’s a win-win snack.
My son created his signature Snack Tacos when he was just five years old. He proudly called me to sit down to a snack he’d made for both of us. I was excited that he was showing initiative in making his own snack (and thinking to include Mommy!) and I was happily surprised by how tasty his Snack Tacos are. The great thing is that you can easily create your own favorite flavor combo when you make your own Snack Tacos.
It’s a fun twist to place the crunchy fish crackers on the inside of the snack. And what kid (or adult) doesn’t find those cute little fish crackers a charming and yummy snack?
My son’s original Snack Taco was made with sandwich pepperoni, cranberry raisins, shredded mozzarella cheese and cheddar fish crackers. You may be skeptical, but this really is a tasty combo.
Fun Snacks Kids Can Make Themselves
Pick your own favorite combinations
Lunch meat – Ham, Turkey or Chicken
Provolone Cheese Slices
Cheddar Cheese Slices
Baby Carrot Sticks
Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
Peanut Butter or Other Nut Butter
Must-Have Crunchy Filling
Crackers in Your Favorite Flavor
Place your preferred base on a plate, add your choice of filling combinations and add your favorite crunchy crackers. Fold in half like a taco and enjoy.
Provolone cheese, baby carrots and cheddar crackers are delicious.
Smoked ham, apple slices and crackers are another great combo.
And my personal favorite – Provolone cheese, mini cucumbers and pretzel crackers.
These are all ingredients that are easy to keep on-hand and keep in areas in the fridge and pantry where your kids can reach them without a problem. If you pre-cut the cucumbers and apples then all the ingredients are ones that kids can use to make their own snack with no glass jars, sharp metal cans or knives required.
My family still enjoys Snack Tacos even after all these years. I like that there’s a flavor choice for even the pickiest eater. Finding a snack choice that makes the kids and Mom happy and is so easy to put together makes life just that much easier.
Shouldn’t snacks be fun and easy to make for everyone? But fun snacks kids can make themselves are invaluable to both moms and kids.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.