Friday, January 11, 2013

Snack Shelf

I love the idea of having a snack cabinet / drawer / shelf for kids that they can access themselves. So once we got into our new kitchen, I put all the kid-friendly snack food stuff that we keep on hand on the bottom shelf of the pantry. Sasha can open doors now, so when she is hungry I can send her in there to see what looks good.

I've had an issue, though. Sasha loves to eat frozen peas. Every time I serve peas at dinner lately, she insists on having some frozen on the side. And I don't keep the fresh fruit in the pantry. Then there are the grapes in the fridge... So I had an idea.

I did some Googling for coloring pages and found Twisty Noodle. They had every image I needed! I didn't let Sasha see me preparing them and then I got to hang them up while she was gone today.


I had to draw different colored bell peppers because we
keep a variety of chopped peppers in the freezer.

I didn't mention it when she came home, I just waited for her to go looking for snacks. Once she saw the "signs," she insisted on having a banana! And then she had to have some grapes! She loves it and it works! And I got to be a little creative, had an excuse to slow down and just color. Coloring is good for the soul, I swear.

I still need to find a cucumber coloring page. How do you organize kid snacks in your household?

4 comments:

  1. What a great idea! So does she just come tell you if she happens to want one of the pictures and you then get it for her? I had put together a binder of a bunch of different foods/activities so my oldest could ponit to what she wanted to do/eat when she was younger with speech problems. It worked great!

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    1. I wish I could say that she comes to tell me, but more often she just yells from the pantry! "I want popcicle!!"

      We tried last night and she can now open the fridge, so she'll be able to get to the grapes herself. And soon we'll have cheese sticks on hand again... I just really didn't think of all the snacks that we'd have NOT in the pantry when I started this thing!

      The Speech Therapist definitely wants us to teach Spencer to point (in addition to the signing we're already working on) because pointing is so universal!

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  2. I love the idea of having pictures in the snack shelf of things that are in the fridge. Moira can open the fridge herself but soon Davis will have opinions and not be able to reach in there. The pictures are a fabulous idea.

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  3. Great idea! I don't really have a system yet.

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