How to make healthy snacks fun for kids

Updated April 17, 2017

Your kids might not want to eat their carrot sticks, but if you make healthy snacks fun, they might just take a nibble. To make healthy snacks fun for kids, you might disguise the healthy food or present the snack in an innovative way. One way to get kids to eat healthy snacks is to make it into a game. Allow them to create art with their snack -- as long as they promise to eat it as they go along.

Give your child a plate and tell him it will be his special work surface for snack time. Making children feel involved increases their enthusiasm and eagerness to cooperate. Also put a plate on the table for yourself. If your child sees you eating a healthy snack, she may be more willing to do it too.

Lay out a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Tell your child that you both are going to make silly faces with your fruits and vegetables. Encourage your child to arrange fruits and vegetables on his plate in the shape of a happy face or a surprised face, for example.

Give your child cookie cutters of various shapes. Use the cookie cutters together to cut the sandwiches into shapes.

Reward your child in some way for eating such a healthy snack. This does not have to be a physical reward, such as a toy or a piece of candy. Positive reinforcement might encourage your child to be more willing to try other kinds of foods in the future.

Things You'll Need

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Mini sandwiches (e.g., peanut butter and jelly)
  • Cookie cutters
  • Plates
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Kathryn Stanley is a professional writer for various websites, covering fashion, science, the environment, food and baking, crafts and the arts. She studies psychology and creative writing at the University of Maryland at College Park.