Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

Summers mean ice creams and popsicles and grams and grams of sugar in your sweet beverages. If you followed the Jamie Oliver campaign to have better food in our schools, you would already know about added sugars in our food. If you haven’t yet, here are videos to make you think twice about what is in your food and how it is affecting your health.

I believe that if healthy habits are inculcated at a very young age, you grow up to be more careful about your bodies and your fitness. I came to a breakthrough in my late twenties but it’s never too early for your kids. Start by swapping out some of your unhealthier summer snacks with these healthier alternatives. They are easy to make and delicious. Click on the titles for instructions!

Fruit Animal Snacks

Fruit Animal SnacksFrozen Banana Penguins

Frozen Banana PenguinsApple Cookies

Apple CookiesFresh Fruit Pops

Fresh Fruit PopsFrozen Yoghurt Buttons

Frozen Yoghurt ButtonsWhat I love about these alternatives is that you aren’t completely denying the kids the goodies you and I grew up with, but are balancing out what they eat and introducing fruits and healthier food into their diets. Studies have shown that your sugar cravings are cut down by 90% by just eating some fruit after a meal. Would you try and be experimental with the kind of snacks you give your kids?

 

The Four Elements – Learn with Fun Activities

Toddlers and pre-schoolers can learn about the four elements in nature by engaging in some fun activities that are easy to put together. Also referred to as the four states of matter, the Greeks believed that these four elements made up all matter. You can help children explore and experience these elements with simple and safe activities. Children this age learn better with their senses, so activities designed to engage their senses rather than facts can help them get started.

Fire

Start by showing young kids dragon images where the dragons are breathing fire. They will be mighty impressed. You can light a birthday candle and for added effect place it atop a cupcake. Ask your child to blow it off. That’s air extinguishing fire!

Birthday CakeBirthday Cake – Candles” by Jessica Diamond is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Earth

Kids can explore the element earth with this sensory activity. Ask your child to fill a box with loose sand, a few rocks, flowers and leaves. They can make patterns with the rocks and leaves, or simply trace designs on the sand. Children can also create sand art. You can draw an outline for them. Using a paint brush, apply glue across an area. Ask your child to pour sand on to it. Let it sit for a while and then shake off the extra sand!

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Air

Show how air works by buying a bunch of helium balloons and asking your child to release them in the open one after the other. Kids can also blow bubbles! These soapy mixtures are easy to make. Mix water, dish soap, glycerine and a pinch of sugar. Plastic straws can be used and by blowing into the straw, kids can release bubbles into the air.

BubblesLittle Girl Blows Bubbles_3520” by Philip McMaster is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Water

A fun way to get children to use water is to get them to have a water balloon fight or jump in puddles. Too messy? Then try encouraging them to water plants regularly and help with chores like washing dishes or the car as it can show them how water is used.

Water BalloonsWater Balloons III” by Steve Wilhelm is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Once kids are familiar with these four elements, you can start them on experiments where they will learn how earth, water, fire and air react with each other.