Finding the perfect snack for a nut-free preschool class can be difficult. Honestly, I never really thought about the nut allergy issue until Jude started school and let me tell you, it was eye opening for so many reasons. First, it is really hard to find "safe" foods and second the seriousness of nut allergies. It is serious people, not just a fad or trend, so please be considerate if you are also in a nut-free school. One of Jude's very favorite cracker for snacking is the delicious Goldfish crackers that we all know and love and guess what - NUT FREE!! Hooray!! Well, I do not want to be that mom that always takes the easy road and send a 30 oz carton of Goldfish crackers Made with Whole Grain to school every time Jude is up for snack so I had to get creative. By the way, right now you can totally stock up on these cartons on Rollback at Walmart.
After some creative thinking I came up with the cutest child involved nut-free preschool snack that will brighten the kids' day. I combined String Cheese, Goldfish crackers, and grapes and made a Goldfish crackers Butterfly Snack bag for each classmate of Jude's.
Goldfish crackers Butterfly Snack Bags
What you will need to make these perfect snacking bags:
Snack size baggies
1. Have your child assist you with their snack by coloring and decorating the clothes pins. I had Jude color with markers on each clothes pin.
2. Have your child help you count 20-25 Goldfish crackers and set aside.
3. Have your child help you count out 10 grapes and set aside.
4. Parents, this might be hard so once the snacks have been counted out, place all the Goldfish crackers into one side of the snack size baggie and then add the grapes into the other side. There is no true science to this but basically you will need to keep the grapes and crackers separated.
5. Clip clothes pin onto the outside of the baggie in between the grapes and crackers. Bunch the baggie in the middle to make the butterfly wings appear.
6. Next you will need to glue the string cheese to the back of the butterfly (clothes pin).
7. Turn butterfly over and add eyes and antennas to the butterfly. Let glue dry.
8. Once the glue is dry the butterfly is ready! Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
Aren't they the cutest? Not only are these snack bags the perfect size for preschoolers but they are packed full of protein, fruits and whole grains. Mom for the win!! I know Jude had a great time decorating his butterflies and he could not wait to hand them out to his friends and I had a great time doing this craft/activity with Jude. Seeing him count out the Goldfish crackers and the grapes was great, they grow up so fast! The combinations of this snacking idea is endless and these would also be great for any birthday party treats.
You can find all of the items needed for these Goldfish crackers Butterfly Snack Bags at Walmart and like I said before if your family loves adding Goldfish crackers to meals, recipes and snacks like we do you really should take advantage of the Rollback savings on the 30 oz cartons.
Now that I have shared our Nut-Free preschool snacking idea I want to hear yours!