Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Too Much Screen Time??

"Screen Time" is a term given to any activity done in front of a screen, such as watching TV, working on a computer, using a tablet or playing video games.  Screen time is essentially a sedentary activity, meaning you are usually sitting down and physically inactive while engaged in screen time.




Most American children spend about 3 hours a day watching TV.  Add to that all other types of screen time and it can total 5 to 7 hours a day! Excessive screen time can make it hard for your child to sleep at night.  It can also raise the risk of attention problems, anxiety, depression and poor academic performance.  The more time your child spends watching a screen, the less time he spends being physically active and this can lead to obesity.  TV commercials and other screen ads can lead to unhealthy food choices, as the ads aimed at kids often promote food that is high in sugar, salt or fats.  Children tend to eat more when watching TV, especially when the see ads for food.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests children under age 2 should have no screen time at all.  Parents should instead encourage more interactive activities, such as playing and talking.  Children over age 2 should be limited to 1 to 2 hours a day.  Videos aimed at very young children do not improve their development despite what advertisements say.

Tips to Cut Down on Screen Time


Don't allow TV, computers, or gaming systems in your child's bedroom.

Put computers and TV where you can keep an eye on what kids are viewing.

No TV during meals, homework, or when getting ready for school in the morning.

Don't use the TV as a babysitter. 

Don't leave the TV on for background noise.  Try the radio or none at all.

Don't let children eat while watching TV or using the computer.

Decide what programs to watch ahead of time, turn the TV off when those programs are over.

Watch programs with your kids and talk about what you see, such as family values or bullies.

Suggest other family activities, such as board games, puzzles or going for a walk.

Keep a record of screen time and try to spend as much time being active.

If it is too hard not having the TV on, try using a sleep function that turns it off automatically.

Challenge your family to go one week without watching TV or other screen time activities.

Allow your child to be bored!  This is when they learn to be creative and develop the ability to engage in meaningful play. 

As a parent, limit the time you spend watching TV or on your phone.  Children will model their parents' behavior.  Perhaps this is the most important tip to help your children have healthy technology habits.  They will follow your lead!

Find activities to do with your free time that will get your family moving and burning energy.  This could be as simple as taking a walk, or hike down a nature trail.  Going in your backyard and doing cartwheels, or planting flowers.  The possibilities are endless when it comes to children!




Limiting screen time is a challenge for all of us! The most important thing is that we are mindful of what our children are doing and helping them to develop in the best possible way.  No one is perfect at it but we can all help and encourage each other to keep trying.  We hope this helps!



 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Temper Tantrums

Most parents wish they could disappear or become invisible when their child has a tantrum in public.  Onlookers can be very judgmental, thinking that the child is spoiled and unruly or the parents are doing a poor job.  Actually, neither of those notions are the case.  Tantrums are common in children from ages 1 to 4 years old.  They don't happen because the child deliberately wants to cause a scene, or because the parents have been lax in disciplining the child.  The usual case is due to the child's frustration in not being able to express what they want.



A child throwing a tantrum can become quite animated, literally throwing themselves on the floor, flailing the arms and legs, pinching, scratching, hitting or biting.  They have lost the ability to express what they want and temporarily loose all control.  Here are 10 tips to tame your child's tantrums:

Ignore the tantrum

In the middle of a tantrum emotions have taken over, that's why trying to reason with him won't work.  Once the child calms down then you can talk.  If the tantrum is happening in public or someplace other than your own home, try to isolate the child in a quiet place.

Give them space

Sometimes a kid just needs a way to get his anger out, so let him.  Make sure there is nothing in the area he could get hurt on, and other than that don't get involved.  Once he gets his feelings out, he will be able to calm himself and regain self-control.


Create a diversion

Act quickly to help your child forget that meltdown she just had.  Whether it is pulling out toys from your purse, offering a snack, or quickly changing activities, any of these methods can help head off a tantrum or calm a child after the fact.

Discipline without spanking

Spanking doesn't teach a child what he did wrong or what behavior is acceptable.  Instead it teaches a child that his parents will hurt him if they don't like his behavior.  After the child has had time to calm down, explain why his behavior was unacceptable, and suggest other ways he can make his needs known.


Find out what is really frustrating your child

Kids under 2 years of age usually have a 50 word vocabulary.  It is often hard for them to express what they want.  They may be tired, hungry, feeling ill, or just trying to get a certain toy.  Teaching your child how to sign a few basic words such as food, milk, more , tired, Mom, Dad, all done, can help your child express her needs when she can't speak them.


Hugs 

It may seem like the last thing you'd want to do, but a good firm hug is really reassuring to a child and can help them settle down quickly.  Don't talk, it might turn into a battle of wills, just wrap your arms around your child in a good sturdy hug.


Do they need a snack or a nap?

Two of the biggest tantrum triggers are being tired or hungry.  When a child is physically in this state, any little thing can send them over the edge.  If you see this happening around the same time every day, it might be wise to schedule a snack of nap everyday to reduce tantrum triggers.


Behavior incentives

Sometimes kids will be more inclined to be on their best behavior if they know a reward in involved.  Recognizing their best behavior if they know a reward is involved.  Recognizing that some situations are difficult for kids, like being quiet in church, staying seated at a restaurant, or not shining at the grocery store, and offering a "bribe" ahead of time will often result in good behavior.  The time for negotiations however, is before the event, not in the middle of a full blown tantrum.  For example, "If you can stay in your seat and behave at the restaurant, Mommy will make popcorn and watch a video with you when we get home."




Speak calmly

This is difficult in the heat of the moment, but it is the best thing you can do during a child's tantrum.  If you loose your cool, the situation will only escalate into a power struggle that no one wins.  What your child wants at this point is 100% of your attention.  Talking calmly shows your child that you are not going to let her behavior get to you.  Surprisingly, if you speak in a calm manner it will help you stay calm, when what you'd really like to do is yell right back.


Change locations

Quickly getting your child away from the scene of the tantrum can often snap them out of it.  If your child starts melting down over something he wants at the store, take him to a quiet corner of the store or outside until he calms down.  If he does it again, remain calm, and follow the same strategy.


We hope this was helpful!






Monday, September 11, 2017

Helpful Potty Training Tips



When you gotta go....


...You gotta go!


Potty training can be scary business, but we have some tips and information that can make the transition from diaper to undies tolerable.


Did you know?...

  • Potty training success depends largely on the child's readiness.  Some children are ready to start as early as 18 months, while some aren't interested until after the age of 3.  If you feel your child is interested in ditching his diapers, go ahead and introduce him to the potty.  Let him lift the lid and maybe even flush it, it is best to let him know that it will make a louder noise.

  • If your child can walk, follow simple directions, and can get her pants on and off, she is probably ready for potty training.  Again follow her cues and encourage her to go at her own pace.

  • Parents should make sure they have time and patience to start potty training.  This is an emotional time for everyone involved, there will be accidents and it is up to you, the parent, to help calm your child and assure him that it is okay to have an accident and we will try again next time.  If you are feeling a little overwhelmed with accidents try setting a timer to remind both of you it is time to try!

  • Don't compare your child to another, children develop at their own rate, and it's not a contest! There is no need tow worry or look for medical intervention if your child is 3 years old and not potty trained, eventually he will start to show interest.  The best you can do is buy undies with his favorite character on them or in his favorite color and encourage wearing them.  Read him books about potty training and maybe even make a game of it.  If you are having fun your child is more likely to enjoy the process.





  • If you try training for a week or two, and the child shows no interest, wait a few months and try again.  It may be hard to believe, but when you child is physically and mentally ready, the process will be much easier for the both of you.  Just a few months time can make a big difference in their readiness skills.

  • If your toddler is facing other challenges, such as moving to a new home, a new sibling or caregiver, or a new school, there may be a few setbacks in potty training and it would be wise to put if off until things settle down.  This statement is so true! We see this a lot and it is completely normal.  If she is reverting to her old ways then let her.  She will want to get back to potty training as soon as she is comfortable with her schedule again.

  • Buy a child-size potty that your child will feel comfortable sitting on.  Let him play with it and get used to sitting on it while fully clothed.  When buying a potty seat for a boy, try to find one without a urine shield or with a removable one.  It is also easier to pee in the potty sitting down at first.  Once you are ready to transition him to standing while going pee, toss some Cheerios in the potty, and have him "sink the Cheerios".  If you are buying an adapter seat, for the regular toilet, make sure it is comfortable and fits securely, and buy a stool to go with it.  This will help your toddler get on and off the toilet, and will also help him brace his feet while have a bowl movement.  Once your toddler is comfortable sitting on the toilet or potty, you can start a routine by having her sit on the potty at certain times of the the day.  Try first thing in the morning, after meals, and before bedtime for starters. 

  • You can use little rewards whenever your child "makes" something in the potty.  A sticker chart or points toward a small toy can be used as an incentive, try to avoid using candy and snacks as a reward.  Verbal praise works just as well and costs nothing.  Positive reinforcement will help him understand that getting something in the potty in quite an accomplishment.



We hope you find this information helpful! Happy potty training!!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Teaching Your Child About Cultural Diversity

The world is made up of all kinds of people.  Our children see and interact with people of many different races and ethnic groups every day.  Studies have shown that children begin to recognize gender and ethnic differences as early as 3 years of age.  It is our job to teach our children how to appreciate and value the qualities and differences that make each one of us unique.  Here are some helpful tips:

Create opportunities for your child to meet and play with children of different ethnicities, family structures, or socioeconomic backgrounds.



Help your child understand we are not all the same and we should appreciate each other's differences.  Talk about differences in a positive way to help children appreciate the unique qualities of all people.

Expose your child to artwork, foods, customs and books about different cultures.  Read your child books that teach tolerance and inclusion.  Here are some recommendations to get you started!


Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson



Wonder by RJ Palacio 






I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont



The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi



Whoever You Are by Mem Fox



All the Colors of the Earth by Sheila Hamanaka



A South African Night by Rachel Isadora



All the Way to America by Dan Yaccarino



Mama's Saris by Pooja Makhijani



The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania



The Sneetches by Dr. Seuss




"This is what kindness does, Ms Albert said.  Each little thing we do goes out, like a ripple, into the world." -Jacqueline Woodson, Each Kindness




Tell your child that even though another child may look different, eat different foods, and have different customs, we have more similarities than we do differences.  We all have hopes and dreams and feelings.  We should always treat each other with respect.

If you hear your child say something prejudicial about a person or group of people, tell your child that those kinds of words are hurtful to others and are totally unacceptable.  Children are not born to be hurtful to others of different ethnicities, family structures, or backgrounds.  Let's lead by example and make the world a more tolerant place!

Children's Classic is dedicated to bringing cultures together to teach peace, inclusion and equality!  We celebrate holidays, read books, and talk about different cultures from all around the world.  If you or someone you know speaks a different language or practices different customs that what your children are used to, we would LOVE to have them come to our centers and introduce them to the children!






Sincerely,

Your Children's Classic family

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Your Child's Development: 12 Months

Hello Friends!

Over here on the blog we will be sharing all sorts of helpful information for you as a parent!  We have shared food and recipe ideas, activities, projects we are working on at Children's Classic and we will continue to share a variety of different things to keep you informed as a parent and hopefully we can spark some ideas for you and your family!  One of the things we want to be able to do for you in offer parenting tips and development information.  Hopefully this will help you stay informed as you navigate raising your ever changing children!

Today we are sharing some helpful information about busy and adorable 12 month old children!  Maybe your child is around 12 months, you have had one or will have one or know someone who does.  Wherever you find yourself, I hope you can gain from this information. Most importantly we we hope you will offer some of your parenting expertise so we can all learn from YOU! These are simply ideas and guidelines but we know all children develop at their own pace, which is how it should be.



What do children typically do at 12 months?

When children are developing, they do so at different rates; some slower and some faster.  It is normal for children to be off a few months developmentally than their peers.  No need to worry if your child hasn't quite hit these milestones.  If you are concerned, call your doctor and see what they suggest!  Here are some of the milestones you can expect to see from your 12 month old.

SOCIAL / EMOTIONAL / COMMUNICATION


  • Repeats sounds or actions to attract attention
  • exhibits apprehension or fear in some situations
  • Shy or wary around strangers
  • May display separation anxiety - cries when mom or dad leaves
  • Has favorite people and favorite things
  • Likes to play "peek-a-boo" or other interactive games
  • Hands you a book when he or she wants to be read to
  • will cooperate during dressing by putting out arm or leg to help
  • Uses simple gestures like shaking head "no" or waving "bye-bye"
  • Modulates sounds to imitate speech
  • Responds to simple spoken requests or directions such as "pick up the ball"
  • Says "mama", "dada" and "uh-oh!" or other speech associations to things and people 
  • Starts to use objects for their intended purpose such as brushing hair or drinking from a cup
  • Shakes, bangs or throws objects while exploring what the objects are
  • Looks right at a picture or thing when named
  • Easily finds hidden things, understands object permanence 
  • Lets go of objects without help
  • Pokes things with index finger


PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT


  • Gets into sitting position without help
  • Pulls up to stand, walks holding onto furniture
  • May attempt to take a few steps without holding on
  • May stand alone, sometimes without realizing it
  • May try to climb on furniture
  • Puts things in and out of a container
  • Holds an object in each hand and bangs them together


What are some helpful parenting tips as I raise my 12 month old?

Diapering


Learn the signs! Try to notice signs your baby needs changing, for instance, if he recently ate a meal or drank a full bottle, if he's pulling or tugging at his diaper, he's fussing' or he just seems uncomfortable. Take time to talk and create a routine-  "How's my big boy? Lets check your diaper!" Describe what you are doing while you are doing it.  "Let's get this soggy diaper off and put on a nice dry one."  Following a similar routine at each changing helps your child know what to expect. Be patient! Babies can be little wiggle worms on a changing table, but don't worry, as their physical skills develop, you'll get a lot faster too.  Talk to you child throughout the entire changing process. Give choices! Keep a few plastic toys or rattles near the changing table and ask baby which one he'd like to play with; this may distract him from wiggling and make the whole process much easier.


Dressing


Talk while you dress your child.  Use positive words.  "Ryan, do you want to wear your blue or yellow shirt today?" "Let's put on your blue socks to match your blue shirt!" Be patient and have fun. Remember a squirming baby isn't trying to make your life more difficult, they are just dingin out what their little bodies can do.  Clap hands when finished dressing, "Yay! Ryan is dressed and all ready to play!" Plan on extra time.  If you have to be somewhere with a baby at a specific time, such as a doctor's visit or family gathering, always leave extra time to get ready.  Always have more than one outfit ready.  Spit-up happens! It happens often when you least expect it. Always pack an extra outfit for baby when you go anywhere.  I am sure you know this by now but it is always a good reminder!


Feeding


At one year old your baby may be eating most of her meals in the highchair.  Your baby may be completely weaned from breastfeeding or the bottle, or only taking a bottle occasionally at nap or bed time.  You may miss these special times with your baby, but it is all part of growing up.  There are other things to look forward to, and you will still want to make meal times a pleasant experience.  It will be fun to see how your baby reacts to different foods, and eventually learns how to use a spoon to feed herself.  Be prepared for messes, and always have a towel or washcloth handy.  Offer your baby a wide variety of healthy foods.  Talk to your baby throughout the meal, tell baby about the food, "Mmmm those are carrots, you can eat carrots like a big girl!" Consider this an "experimental" period, pay close attention to the kinds of foods your baby likes.  Don't force her to eat things she doesn't like.  Mealtimes should be pleasant, not a battle of wills.




Resting


Your child's rest schedule should be relatively the same each day.  As your baby gets older, he may require less sleep and want to be awake more.  Take a cue from your child and eliminate naps he doesn't seem to need.  Create a routine, check you baby's diaper, perhaps read him a story or sing a lullaby to help him transition to nap time.  Let other caregivers know what your child's schedule is.  Whether your baby is in daycare or being cared for by a family member occasionally, knowing the child's sleepy times and fussy times will help them understand your baby's needs and feel more confident in caring for them.  Take time for yourself.  New moms will benefit from napping while baby is napping.  Just taking time to put your feet up, grab a healthy snack, or read a magazine, can do wonders to help you re-charge.  Taking care of an active one year old all day is hard work!


Playing


Humans are social creatures and babies are wired to seek interaction with their caregivers.  Daily play time with your baby reinforces the adult-child bond, helps your baby discover new things, and promotes communication.  Talk about what you are doing. "Let's play with the blocks!"  "Roll the green ball to me!" Encourage your baby's interests.  Whatever she is interested in playing with, show her what to do and encourage her to explore further.  "Look you can stack the blocks, then you can knock them over!"  Have fun with your child.  Sing, read, and laugh together.  Really take time to enjoy one another's company!





We hope this was helpful.  Stay tuned for more parenting tips and tricks!


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Save on Child Supplies!

From infancy through college kids sure need a lot of supplies; diapers, cribs, strollers, car seats, clothes, shoes, books and tuition, the list goes on and on.  Let's be honest...these necesities can be expensive!  Most kids out grow these items before they wear them out.  How do you keep up with their constantly changing needs without breaking the bank?  Here are some great places to "shop" smart:

Family and Friends

Family and friends should be your very first stop.  Most parents are happy to lend or even give away that bouncy seat, stroller or playpen they are not currently using.  The same goes for clothes their kids have outgrown.  Jeans and sturdy play clothes can usually be handed down several times before the start to show wear.  You save money, they get rid of clutter, and its a win-win situation!  (have owners label or initial clothing if they want items returned to them.)  Keeping it "in the family" provides an added pleasure when cousins observe, "I used to wear that jacket when I was little."

Resale/Thrift Shops

These types of shops are a great resource.  You can find great treasures in these places it is just a matter of looking!  You can find good, "almost new" looking kids clothing and even shoes for a fraction of what you'd pay in a store.  The Salvation Army and Goodwill Stores often have weekly of holiday sales and "back to school" promotions where they will charge $5 for as many items as you can fit in a paper grocery bag.  It pays to stop by these establishments frequently as you'll often find unexpected bargains or items your kids can "grow into."  You can also find bargains on children's furniture and toys.  Other second hand stores that are worth checking out are Kid to Kid and Deseret Industries.

Garage Sales

This time of year in booming with garage sales!  Keep your eyes out for those around your neighborhood.  Sometimes the will be advertised in local papers, shopping guides and social media.  If the sale is in your area, you may even know some of the neighborhood kids who have just out grown the sizes your kids need.  Arrive early for the best selection!


Mom to Mom Sales

Have you tried this?!  This is one of my favorites.  We are all in this together and as mothers we like to help each other out.  These types of sales have become very popular as they focus mainly on clothing and supplies.  Baby furniture and car seats are also a hot item at these sales (before purchasing a used car seat ALWAYS check the expiration date and ask if it has ever been involved in a car accident).  Check Consumer's Report to make sure items meet current safety standards.  These types of sales are often sponsored by elementary schools, churches, daycare centers and neighborhood associations.  Another way to find mom to mom sales in through social media.  There are many facebook groups that are put together by moms in your area where you can buy and sale items there.  I recently bought my sons crib this way and got a great deal!  Another online way to find things for less in through KSL classifieds.  You can search any item you are in need of and find someone in your area who is selling it.  You can also sell your items through KSL and make some extra cash to purchase what you need.  I highly recommend this way!

Sports Swaps

Sports swaps can save you a ton of money on expensive sports items.  As with clothing, kids often out grow sports equipment within a year.  A complete set of hockey or football gear can often be swapped for a different size with another bargain hunter, without any money chaning hands. most attendees arrange their own deals based on the condition of the dquipment.  An advertised event promotes a large turnout of interested buyers and sellers.  Keep your eyes open for these types of events and bring your little sports fan along to try on ice skates or skis.

Church & Community Pantries & Women's Shelters

These places often have a selection of baby items and children's clothing of rfamilies in need, at little to no cost.  These organizations will gladly accept donations if you have outgrown clothing you'd like to pass on.




I hope this was helpful!  What other resources have you discovered for saving on your child's many needed supplies and clothing?  We would love to hear your ideas!

















Thursday, August 3, 2017

Farm to Pre-School

Hello Children's Classic family!  

One of the things all kids have in common is curiosity.  Have you ever met a child that isn't curious about his or her environment with a need to explore and learn?  I sure haven't!  Even our babies are curious about that drawer mom always gets into or that butterfly that keeps flying around.  They look at new things with so much wonder and most will stop at nothing to figure out how things work and what things do.  

I can't think of a better way to keep that curiosity alive in our children than to plant a garden and have them be the gardener!  We all eat food, why not find out where that food comes from?  Why not be the ones to grow that food and watch it transform into something beautiful and yummy that our kids can fully experience? 

That is what we have been working on here at Children's Classic!  Both of our schools have been working on a project called Farm to Preschool.  Have you heard of it? We are so excited about it over here!  We have our own living gardens that your children are planting, watering, growing, harvesting and then eating!  They are learning to make smoothies with the strawberries and soup with the vegetables.  We couldn't be more excited about how much they are learning as they watch and actively participate in the process of growing a garden at preschool!  Here are some photos of our Farm to Preschool in action!




Let's try this at home! It doesn't take much space, a 4x4 foot space is manageable for most kids.  You can even plant in flower boxes or pots, pretty much any container will do.  Some plants are easier than others to grow.  Here is a list of some of the easiest to get you started!

6 Easy Plants for Kids to Grow

Green Beans

Green beans are one of the easiest plants to grow in your garden because they don't require very much maintenance! All you need to do is plant the some seeds in an area that will receive plenty of sunlight and sow every couple weeks.  The only thing other than that is the watch them grow!



Peas

Your child can plant these indoors in a small pot and when they start to grow, transfer them to some good soil outdoors.  It is so rewarding for kids to grow veggies because they get to eat what they grow, and who doesn't love peas?


Strawberries

Strawberries are another really fun one for kids to grow.  It is best to plant them in the Spring time!


Radishes

Radishes are one of the most fun plants for kids to grow because the sprout quickly.  They will likely see sprouts pop up usually within a week of planting.  Your child will be able to harvest their lovely radishes within 20 to 30 days!


Pumpkins

You may need a little more space for this one but just like radishes, pumpkins are a kid favorite because they sprout quickly.  They take up more room of course but how fun would it be to grow your own pumpkin to carve for Halloween!


Carrots

Kids love carrots so why not teach them how to grow them! Carrots need cool soil without big rocks so they can grow.  They usually are ready to be harvested in about one month from when planted.  





Explain to your kids that plants can grow above or below ground and the best part of growing your own garden is you have so many options!  They will love choosing what they want to grow and hopefully take ownership of that choice as they garden.

Some more "above ground" choices for kids are:  tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, melons and eggplant.

Some other "below ground" options are: onions, potatoes and beets.

There are even delicate plant options such as lettuces and spinach which may take some trial and error but it is fun for kids to go out and "pick" some salad greens for dinner.




**Remind them to water, weed and check on their plants regularly.  This is a great activity for children to see how things grow and understand how "farmers" contribute to the food chain.  When you help children plant seeds, you help them sprout their interest in nature!



Happy planting!  Let us know what plants you and your children are growing in your garden!

Sincerely,

Shalyse 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

20 Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids


Hello there!  

I hope your children are staying cool at the pool or even running through sprinklers, I know we have been over here!  Is it just me or does it seem like kids want to eat more in the summer?  We are always on the go and I feel like I am scrounging to find something to give my son to eat before we are off the next activity.  Well, the snacks we give our children don't have to be full of sugar, fat and empty calories (like I find most packaged and quick snacks to be). We can offer them something so much better!  

Here is a list of some healthy, easy to make snacks for kids (and parents too!) These quick "go-to" ideas are bound to help busy moms and dads like you and me develop healthy snacking habits in our kids.  So, here you go!


20 Healthy Summer Snacks:  


1.  Jazzed Up Rice Cakes


Add some peanut butter and bananas to your rice cakes!  





2.  Quesadillas 


Make these with whole grain tortillas, cheese, chicken and beans. I recommend going heavy on the beans, light on the cheese.








3.  Real Fruit Popsicles 


Use a popsicle mold or even a plastic or paper cup.  Fill it with 100% juice from concentrate, water and chopped pieces of your child's favorite fruit.  Stick a popsicle stick in it and let freeze!







4.  Fresh Fruit and Cheese Kabobs


Pick your child's favorite fruits and make these super easy kabobs.  Make it even more fun by using cookie cutters to cut cheese into fun shapes.







5.  Cottage Cheese Bowl


Just 1/2 cup cottage cheese with dried apricot "scoops" or fresh apricots are even better!






6.  Whole Grain Cereal & Fresh Fruit


Keep it simple! Whole Grain Cheerios or Mini Wheats don't just have to be for breakfast.







7.  Green Rolls-ups


Wrap some meat and cheese in some lettuce and snack away!








8.  Frogs on a Log or Ants on a Log


Frogs on a Log- celery, cream cheese & sliced green olives. 
Ants on a Log- celery, peanut butter & raisins.






9.  Homemade Trail Mix


Mix dry roasted peanuts or almonds, whole grain mini pretzels, banana chips & diced apricots or raisins for a nutritious trail mix...and then head to the trails, why not?







10.  Salsa and avocado slices.


This one is just that simple.








11.  Frozen Grapes


Stick some grapes in the freezer and you have a great alternative for slush.  It's kind of nature's version of dippin' dots just a little (or a lot) bigger.  Your kids (and you) will love it!








12.  Air Pop Popcorn 


Make an activity out of snack time and let your kids watch you air pop some good ol' fashioned popcorn!  Skip the butter and sugar and just add some spices from your spice rack to jazz it up a bit. Get creative!







13.  Veggies & Dip


Mix some plain yogurt with ranch dip mix and dip your veggies in it.  Don't forget about broccoli --dinosaur trees ;) and cauliflower.  Your veggies don't always have to be carrots and celery!






14.  Graham Cracker Pizza


Did I hear pizza??  Yep!  Graham cracker pizza that is.  Get out those graham crackers and spread some cream cheese and sprinkle some fruit fruit on top.  Bon Apetito!






15.  Summer Smoothies


This is my go to and my most favorite from the list! I love how creative you can get with smoothies and you can even sneak things in that are healthy for the kids that they normally won't eat, like spinach!  Start with a base of nonfat yogurt or milk, add any frozen or fresh fruit, honey, ice (spinach if you are feeling brave) and...viola!  






16.  Petite Pitas 


All there is to it is eggs and salsa put into a whole grain pita!






17.  Veggies and Hummus


Refer to #13 for my suggestion on veggie choice! Oh, and might I add that sliced peppers are delicious in hummus.  Hummus is at your local grocery store or you can make your own! It is truly a delicious and healthy snack. Your kids will be eating beans and therefore getting protein without even knowing it. That is a win in my book!








18.  Frozen Banana Popsicle 


Put a peeled banana on a popsicle stick, freeze and you got a healthy popsicle.  Add some dark chocolate and nuts or frozen fruit to jazz it up a bit!







19.  Ham & Cheese Roll-ups 


Ham, cheese, lettuce and whole wheat tortilla all wrapped up!






20.  Apple Cupcakes


Slice an apple in half, on the flat side spread some peanut/almond butter and sprinkle dried fruit or even dark chocolate chips on top.



 



**Bonus Summer Snack: NICE CREAM!


This one is too good I couldn't leave it off the list so we will call it a bonus!  Get some very ripe frozen bananas, put in a blender and you will have the BEST, healthiest and sweetest ice cream.  Yep, no sugar or dairy added.  I am going to go make some right now!




I hope you find this list helpful!  What healthy summer snacks do you feed your children? We would love to know!


Sincerely,

Shalyse