Whether your child attends a half-day or full-day preschool program, there’s probably a snack involved. Preschool snacks serve a few purposes: They build community in the classroom, as children gather together to eat. They help build skills, like pouring drinks, serving food, and observing good table manners. And they keep kids nourished between meals, especially for full-day preschools.
But I hear from a lot of parents who are unhappy about the snacks served in their child’s preschool. They talk about a steady stream of graham crackers, vanilla pudding, Goldfish crackers, and juice. Lots and lots of juice. My own experience with preschool snacks was mixed. There were healthy, whole-food snacks like bananas. But there were also packaged cheese crackers sent in by parents. The good news is that the preschool director was open and interested in ideas for improvement.
Next week, I’m releasing an e-book I’ve been working on for many months called The Snacktivist’s Handbook. It’s the ultimate toolkit for any parent wanting to make a change to the typical junk food snack culture in youth sports, at school, and at camp and even improve snacking at home. It will be available as a digital download through my site and includes more than 75 pages of ideas, printables, emails to send to coaches and teachers and camp directors, and even a week’s worth of snack recipes.
I made sure that The Snacktivist’s Handbook included tips for improving snacks at preschool because I know many of you are concerned about it. To get you started with some ideas, you can download one of the e-book’s printables, 20 Healthy Preschool Snacks, here for free.