I really shouldn’t care if you disapprove of what snack foods I feed my kid. But I’m kind of terrified to publicly admit that I feed my toddler (25 months) things that are as nutritionally worthless as animal crackers. White flour! Sugar! Empty calories! No vitamins! I feel the need to jump to my own defense. (I promise my child could eat her weight in fresh fruit and veg! She begs for things like quinoa, avocado, oatmeal, and hummus. Her favorite snack at the moment would be a clementine!)
But, let’s face it, sometimes convenience matters.
On our walks, I really don’t want to worry about banana ending up in her hair or orange juice dribbling down her face. So yes, I sometimes (often?) hand her easy, mess-free carbs. Although the snack I’m about to recommend has no nutritional value (you’ve been warned!), it’s been a great teaching tool!
I stumbled across these fun little alphabet treats when I was comparing prices of “animal” crackers. Wouldn’t you know it, because they’re store brand (Kroger), these were even cheaper than the real animal crackers.
A has been big on letter recognition and sounds lately. These little crackers urge her to practice. She’ll hold up a letter and excitedly call out a letter and a word that starts with that letter: “U, umbrella!” Never mind that the “U” she sees might actually be a “J”! Her mistakes give us the chance to encourage and teach. (“That does look a lot like U! But that’s actually a J for jump!”)