We’ve started to allow the kids to make their own snacks!
They have shown us they are old enough and responsible enough to be able to handle this task.
The only rule we have, is that our 3 year old asks for help from his almost-5 year old sister when it comes to handling the bread (since it’s under that glass topper).
We haven’t shied from using glass items since much of the Montessori curriculum uses actual plates and real glass. (That is not to say that things have never been broken, though! We just replaced a ramekin which is why we have the older child help the younger one still). :)
And if the idea of using anything glass worries you, try using tupperware or store-bought containers that lift off and clasp easily, instead!
We keep out fresh, washed fruit and dried fruit and nuts that they are allowed to take when they are hungry.
We also leave out a small amount of almond butter and honey in a mini-honey pot plus utensils for spreading.
We keep multi-grain breads and/or whole grain matzoh crackers out.
And they really enjoy doing this on their own.
They enjoy it so much they make us watch them do it.
When the tongue comes out, that means he’s concentrating super-duper hard. :)
And I don’t feel badly about these snacks.
The Kids’ DIY Snack Station helps to foster a sense of independence but it is just good basic practice for essential life skills.
They’ve become creative with it, even making Whole Wheat Matzoh Cracker almond butter and honey dried nut and fruit pizzas for mom! :)
How do you handle snack time at home?