10 Healthy Snacks Preschoolers Can Make

Get your preschooler involved in snack preparation.

The preschool years are a wonderful time to get your child involved in the kitchen. Give him opportunities to help with food preparation and let him be in charge of preparing some of his own snacks.

When you encourage your preschooler to make her own snacks (with supervision and a little guidance) you’ll satisfy her need for independence. You’ll also be teaching her how to make healthy choices for herself and you can begin teaching her about food safety.

There are many other benefits to putting kids to work in the kitchen. You’ll teach your child life skills—like how to handle food and serve food. A child who has a hand in making her own snack may be more likely to eat it. So it can reduce picky eating too.

Start supervising your preschooler while she washes the fruit before she eats it. And let her use a butter knife to cut soft foods or spread peanut butter. Keep a watchful eye on her, but try to let her start doing things on her own.

You can also encourage her to become more independent with getting her own snacks by stocking the bottom drawer of the refrigerator with healthy choices that are separated in preschool-size portions. Then, when she says she’s hungry, encourage her to choose something from the snack drawer.

Playing with food doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Let your preschooler have some fun in the kitchen sometimes and teach her about healthy choices at the same time.

With a little guidance and supervision, here are 10 healthy snacks your preschooler can make:

1
Fruit Pizzas

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Most kids love to make their own pizza—even when it’s a fruit pizza. In fact, your preschooler will likely want to overload it with fruit topping when she realizes she can create her own masterpiece.

Use a mini whole-wheat tortilla shell for the crust. Then, let your preschooler spread cream cheese on the shell.

Provide fruit toppings, such as strawberries, raspberries, banana slices, and kiwi. Encourage your preschooler to add any and all kinds of her favorite fruits.

Then, when she’s done, she’ll have a mini pizza to enjoy. Have fun with it by encouraging her to name her kind of pizza—a kiwi berry pizza or a bananaberry special could be a hit!

2
Sliced Bananas

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Bananas slice easily with a butter knife. So after your preschooler peels her banana, let her cut it into slices.

This can teach her cutting skills in a safe way. And she may be more likely to eat the banana when she’s sliced it herself.

You can also get her help in cutting up bananas when you’re making other recipes, like banana bread. Or, freeze the banana slices and use them for smoothies later on.

3
Apple Slices and Peanut Butter

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Peanut butter adds a little protein to your preschooler’s snack. Cut up an apple for your child—or buy pre-sliced apples. Then, let him spread peanut butter on his apple slices.

Or, as an alternative, he might use a spoon to put some peanut butter on his plate. Then, he can dip his apple slices into the peanut butter before each bite.

It may get a little messy, but that’s OK. The point should be for your preschooler to practice getting used to working in the kitchen. And eventually, he’ll get a little neater with his efforts.

4
Mini Cucumber Sandwiches

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Let your preschooler make mini sandwiches that use cucumber slices in place of bread. Provide sliced cucumbers and let your preschooler fill them with various options.

Sliced cheese, cream cheese, lean cuts of meat, tomato slices, or thinly sliced carrots are just a few of things that can go inside a cucumber sandwich. Help your child gather the parts of the sandwiches and let him choose what he wants to put inside each mini sandwich.

5
Trail Mix

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Provide your child with a variety of small containers filled with healthy foods that he can mix together to make his own trail mix in a small baggie. Provide foods such as:

  • Raisins
  • Low-sugar, whole-grain cereal
  • Nuts, like almonds or walnuts
  • Sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
  • Dried fruit, like apples, papaya, or cranberries
  • Dark chocolate chips

Give your child a little bit of freedom over exactly what goes into his trail mix. Just make sure that the sugary items are in low supply and encourage him to use healthy whole-grain items for a staple.

6
Veggies and Dip

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You’ll need to be in charge of cutting up the vegetables ahead of time. But, you can leave small bags filled with carrot sticks, celery sticks, broccoli, and cucumbers in the refrigerator that are ready to go.

Provide small containers of hummus or dip as well. Leave the items in the bottom drawer of the refrigerator and the next time your child wants a snack, encourage her to go grab some veggies and dip.

7
Yogurt Parfait

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Kids love to create colorful yogurt. Help spoon some vanilla yogurt into a clear bowl or cup. Then, let your child create layers of fruit.

Offer strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and as well as any other fruits your child likes. Let her pick which items she wants to go in the middle.

Top it off with another layer of yogurt. Let her sprinkle the top with a little bit of granola—or use a crunchy whole-grain cereal to add a little crunch.

8
Peanut Butter and Banana Pops

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Peel a banana and cut it in half for your child. Then, insert a Popsicle stick lengthwise.

Let her spread peanut butter over the banana. Sprinkle some whole grain cereal onto a plate and let her roll the banana around in it. The peanut butter will collect some of the cereal to add some more texture.

It’s always more fun to eat something on a stick so even a picky eater will often eat a Peanut Butter and Banana Pop.

9
Graham Crackers With Peanut Butter

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Keep a few graham crackers on-hand and let your preschooler spread some peanut butter—or a little Nutella on them as a snack. Just make sure to supervise to ensure she isn’t piling on the peanut butter three inches thick.

10
Ants on a Log

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Most kids love to create fun food like ants on a log. Wash a few stalks of celery and cut it up into pieces that are about three inches long.

Let your preschooler spread peanut butter on each stalk. Then, add a few raisins to represent the ants on a log.

There are several variations to traditional ants on a log that can make this snack even more fun. Here are a few you can try:

  • Fill the celery stalk with hummus. Give your child chopped up vegetables to represent the ants. Small chunks of colorful peppers or carrots work well.
  • Use cottage cheese to fill up the logs. Then, let your child top each log with chopped up fruit or veggies. 
  • You can also fill up the logs with guacamole. Then, use black beans to represent the ants.
  • If your child isn't a fan of celery, use a piece of banana or a carrot stick as the log. Slices of pepper or cucumber also make great logs.

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