How we make our own snacks in preschool

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on January 29, 2014

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Cooking in the classroom can be challenging, but it can also be fun!  Our children love any opportunity to take part in preparing their own snack.  So it was no surprise that our pre-k students were so eager to make their own banana pudding cups for snack.  They would like to share with you how they made their own snack in preschool today…

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First we opened a box of instant pudding and dumped it into a large bowl.  We used banana cream pudding, but there are many other flavors that would be just as delicious…

We can make our own snack by Teach Preschool

Then we added our milk.  Mrs. Stewart helped us out by pouring the milk into a smaller pitcher so that it is easier for us to pour it into the measuring cup…

We can make our own snack by Teach Preschool

Next, it was time to mix it all up.  We took turns stirring so that everyone got a chance.  All the extra stirring really helped to get all the lumps out because no one likes lumpy pudding…

We can make our own snack by Teach Preschool

While some of us stirred, we asked questions like “When will it be my turn?” and used sentences like “Don’t worry, everyone will get a turn.”  Mrs. Stewart reminded us to also use words like, “measurement, cup, pour, stir, whisk, and recipe.”…

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Mrs. Stewart had some bananas for us to slice too.  But first we had to peel them…

We can make our own snack by Teach Preschool

Once our bananas were peeled, we could slice them up with our very own plastic knives.  These knives aren’t real sharp like a metal knife, but we know that we are still supposed to use them safely…

We can make our own snack by Teach Preschool

After they were all sliced up, we added the bananas to the bottom of the cup and the pudding was almost all set! By now we were getting so hungry!

We can make our own snack by Teach Preschool

And then we took turns pouring our pudding into the the cups.  It helped that Mrs. Stewart had the pudding in a nice measuring cup for us.  That sure made it a lot easier to pour…

We can make our own snack by Teach Preschool

A good banana pudding just wouldn’t be complete without some vanilla wafers.  We each added a few cookies to our cups of pudding and then it was time to wait for the pudding to set up.  We didn’t even have to put our pudding in the refrigerator. Instead, we covered it with plastic wrap and set it out into the snow. The waiting is the hardest part when it comes to making snacks…

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And then it was time to enjoy the fruits, or should we say puddings, of our labor.  It was delicious!  And all the more sweet because we had the chance to make it ourselves…

We can make our own snack by Teach Preschool

Do you have a recipe your students love to cook up in your classroom? We are always looking for new ideas to try and would love to hear what has worked well in your classroom! Drop a comment down below!

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1 Amy January 29, 2014 at 8:44 am

Love these!
We have made pizza, children roll their own dough and add the toppings of their choice
Cupcakes
Cookies
Fruit kebabs
Scones (I’m kiwi, that’s what we called them, a bit like an American biscuit, the children can add fruit to make them sweet or savory items like ham or cheese)
I’m looking forward to making cinnamon pinwheels and also exploring the process of making bread.

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2 Joy January 29, 2014 at 11:49 am

I too love making instant pudding with my preschoolers. The tool that I use to help mix it is a hand eggbeater (surprisingly difficult to find these days!) The children love turning the handle and watching the beaters go around.

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3 Anik January 29, 2014 at 11:57 am

Preparing food with kids is always lots of fun! But with a group of children that can be a challenge sometimes :) Your snack looks so good! :)

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4 Stephanie Schuler January 29, 2014 at 5:05 pm

Looks like the kids had a blast! Awesome to see everyone helping each other out while not getting too messy!

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5 andie jaye January 30, 2014 at 12:54 am

This brings back memories! When I taught before my son was born, we’d make snack every Thursday. The kids always really enjoyed it. Some of the things we’d make were jello salad (jello mixed with canned fruit and marshmallows on top).

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6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 2, 2014 at 11:06 pm

We need to put making snack on our schedule more regularly Andie! I just get behind and throw out what I have already prepared.

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7 lisa February 24, 2014 at 8:04 am

Do you have any snacks( that preschoolers can make )that I can borrow. I teach 17 three year olds so I am looking for some easy snacks that they can make once a month.

Thank you!

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8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. February 25, 2014 at 10:08 pm

Hi Lisa,
See this board filled with idea on Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/teachpreschool/snacks/ !

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