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Daycare Snack Ideas

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Daycare snack ideas can get a little ho hum. We can get bored with serving the same things over and over again, so get inspired again for snacktime at your daycare.

kids eating snacks at daycare, peeling oranges and bottles of water

Daycare snack menu ideas

Here are a ton of snacks that I collected from a ton of daycare providers.

English muffin and banana

PBJ and apple slices

Yogurt and strawberries

Peanut butter and crackers

Goldfish and oranges

Cereal and raisins

Pancakes and peaches

Waffles and carrots

Cinnamon toast and cucumbers

Hummus and pita

Apple salsa with cinnamon chips

kids at a table eating daycare snacks

Fruit with yogurt dip

Veggies and ranch with wheat thins

Pretzels and cube cheese

Sausage balls

Mini muffins and milk

Guacamole and celery or carrots

Annie’s organic bunnies and yogurt

Cheese quesadillas

Snap peas and string cheese

Pretzles and cheese sauce

Why not have the kids make their own snacks. Kids can make their own pretzels, you can do it in bulk and freeze them for later.

Homemade pretzels

Cat eyes

kids making cat eye recipe for snack

Fruit pizza

kids at the table spreading cream cheese sauce on graham crackers to make fruit pizza recipe for kids


Yogurt parfait

Fruit kabob

There are so many great things to let kids make, we even made our cooking lessons into a cookbook and gave it to the parents as a Christmas gift.

Daycare snack ideas

Cubed meat and cheese with broccoli and dip

Mac and cheese

Plantain chips with peanut butter

Dried cherries and wheat thins

Dried blueberries and chicken crackers

Celery and peanut butter

Grilled cheese

Cuties and chex mix

muffins on a plate for daycare snacks

Bugles and guacamole

Cheese nachos

Applesauce and cereal

Yogurt and cheeze its

Graham crackers and peanut butter

Pigs in a blanket

Fruit smoothies and oyster crackers

Yogurt with frozen blueberries

Homemade trail mix or snack mix with cereal and crackers plus dried fruits or nuts or both

Fruit salad with granola

French toast and cuties

Sweet potato fries and crackers

Sweet peppers and graham crackers

Bagel and cream cheese with strawberries

Egg cups with spinach

Rice cakes and applesauce

Broccoli and cheddar sauce

Snack ideas for toddlers in daycare

Do you like making your kids those cute little daycare snacks that look like stuff? If that’s your bag, then here are a ton of fun ideas for inspiration for fun toddler snacks that are healthy too.

And obviously, older kids can eat cute snacks and toddlers can eat most of the snacks listed above. But a few tips for younger kids. If you are serving carrot sticks, microwave them for 2 minutes or so to soften them.

Also, for kids under 3, make sure you cut them up. The same with grapes, they need to be quartered, not halved, but there is a great grape cutter that quarters grapes and other small foods for kids.

Healthy snacks for daycare

If you’re looking for healthy daycare snacks, here are some great ideas for the top 35 healthy snacks for kids and even more healthy snacks for picky eaters.

And for even more ideas, check out the ultimate list of snacks for daycare here with over 150 combinations.

Baby snack ideas

Baby daycare snacks can be a little different because they are just learning to eat. Puffs make a great first cereal until baby can handle a little cheerio to grab. A cut up boiled egg is a great finger food. Cooked beans are easy to grab and chew. You can also do small pieces of cheese.

Small pieces of bread would be good and smoothies work as well. Bananas, cut up berries, and apples softened in the microwave are good too. Or you could do yogurt or applesauce. Diced cooked vegetables such as roasted sweet potato chunks or squash can be picked up by baby but are easy to chew up.

Cooked peas and green beans are nice and soft, especially if you use canned. Also, avocado is great. Using frozen fruit that is thawed insures softer textures for baby to chew and make a great baby snack idea.

Hopefully this list provides you some inspiration to think outside the box with your daycare snack ideas for making your daycare menu in the future.

And if you want your snack and other menus done for you, check out Daycare Time Solutions for tons of solutions for daycare providers including menu plans with shopping lists. It’s a great resource and you don’t even have to think!

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