As toddlers get a little older, they may want to start learning to do things for themselves, and you may wish to teach them so. One task that will help them be a little more independent is feeding themselves. To get them started, you can help them learn to make their own snacks. This will set them on the road to learning to cook, and help them understand what goes into preparing food. Here are some easy snacks you can help them learn to do themselves.
As one of the simplest, most straightforward meals this is a great place for your kids to start. All they need to do is put a few things between slices of pre-cut bread. You can also teach them to spread things like peanut butter and jelly or condiments to help them get familiar with using a (dull butter) knife and increase their coordination.
Apple or Banana and Peanut Butter
Fruit and peanut butter is a very healthy and kid-friendly snack. Help them learn some knife skills by cutting up their banana into pieces using a butter knife, or teach them to carefully use an apple corer to cut their apple into dippable slices.
Yogurt and Mix-Ins
One of the nice things about yogurt is that you can buy it in individual servings, which makes it a great snack for kids who haven’t yet learned how to portion control. You can teach them to mix in what they want, encouraging creativity as they try out different combinations and portion control as they need to be careful how much of each mix-in they use.