I think the only way to make snacks fun is to have the children help in preparing them. Otherwise, they're just food. Variety adds interest.
My kids always liked homemade popcicles --plain yogurt mixed with pureed fruit, or homemade lemonade or pudding make tasty, lower-sugar, additive-free cold snacks, even nice on a day in the house in the cold weather.
I also made gelatin at home --it doesn't take any longer than making jello, but you can use your kids' favourite flavours and even toss in chopped fresh fruit or thawed frozen berries, or home-canned fruits, or dried fruit that's been soaked (15 minutes in boiled water)... even shredded coconut or chopped nuts add interest to ordinary jelly. If you double the amount of gelatin, you can make 'jigglers' --jelly that can be cut into shapes and picked up with fingers. Gelatin itself is an excellent protein source... Or, for a savour snack, gel tomato juice or v8.
at 2:00 PM on Nov. 22, 2009