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.
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
Fruit with yogurt dip
Veggies and ranch with wheat thins
Pretzels and cube cheese
Mini muffins and milk
Guacamole and celery or carrots
Annie’s organic bunnies and yogurt
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.
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
Cuties and chex mix
Bugles and guacamole
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
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
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.
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