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“The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”
~ Denis Waitley, author.
Children are often more capable then we as adults give them credit for. In the busyness of life, it can be quicker and simpler to do things ourselves than to offer the support necessary to guide a young child towards independence. I am a big believer in involving children in everyday tasks around the home, and putting in place systems that enable them to act with age appropriate levels of independence.
One way that we try to provide Immy with a degree of independence has been to set up areas within the kitchen where she can access snacks and drinks by herself. To achieve this I ensure that her snack foods and water jug are stored within the fridge and pantry at levels that she can reach and (as necessary) in containers that she can open with little or no assistance. She is also able to easily access cups, bowls and cutlery, being familiar with where they are stored and again ensuring they located where she can get to them independently.
So how does this work in our house? Snacktime strikes and Immy and I generally discuss what she would like to eat and then she goes to work getting it for herself.
Firstly, Immy is a big fruit and vegetable eater and is pretty much free to eat from the fruit crisper of the fridge (which will usually also contain carrots and/or celery sticks) at any time.
A number of snack choices are also kept on the bottom shelf of the fridge. Yoghurt is a constant on our bottom shelf, it’s that popular that it features as part of breakfast, lunch or snacktime each day. Other choices vary but may include dip, pickles, olives, berries, cherry tomatoes (in summer they are home grown) and tinned vegetables, such as baby corn or champignons.
A small water jug is kept in the door of the fridge, it’s size and location making it easy for Immy to take out to pour her own water.
One shelf in our new pantry houses other snack food choices, these vary but might include;
- Dried fruit
- Water crackers
- Rice crackers
- Rice cakes
- Cheerios (which Immy likes to eat dry as a snack)
- Fruit balls
An additional benefit that I have found with our system since Immy started kindy is that this set up also makes it super easy for her to help me pack her lunch bag each day 🙂
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What snacktime staples are a constant in your home?