Organize Your Pantry and Fridge So Kids can get Their Own Snacks

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When kids come home from a long day at school, they’re usually hungry and want a snack. Putting together a few “help yourself” snack ideas will not only save you time, but it will also teach your kids to be more independent. Here are a few ideas for successfully assembling a self-serve snack station.

Measure your pantry and refrigerator shelves to determine what size plastic bins will fit. Then, purchase a few plastic bins for organizing.

Take inventory of the snacks you have in the pantry and fridge. Throw out anything that is expired, and then divide your snacks into these groups:

  • Paper and Plastic Ware
  • Chips and Pretzels
  • Cookies
  • Nuts
  • Fruit
  • Snack Bars
  • Drinks
  • Miscellaneous

Organize each group into its own bin and label each bin. You can also add pictures to the bins to make it easier for kids to find what they need. Place the bins on a lower shelf where they are easily accessible to your kids. Do the same in your fridge with items that require refrigeration.

Organize Your Pantry and Fridge so Kids can get Their Own Snacks @

Once everything is organized, give your kids a tour of the new pantry and fridge organization so they know where to find their snacks. If you have certain snacks they are allowed to eat after school and not others, be sure to go over the rules!

You can make it even easier for them by discussing what snacks they enjoy and which items they might like to mix and match then create a chart to hang on the inside of the pantry with their snack ideas. They can take a quick glance at the chart each time they’re feeling hungry and see what looks good.

This will {hopefully} keep them from staring into the fridge or pantry and saying “there’s nothing to eat!” This organization system also works well with items you use to pack their lunches. By creating a similar organization system and chart for them to follow, they will be able to pack their own lunches with ease.

related: 125+ Healthy Lunch Box Ideas {Printable List}

Not only will it make life a little easier for you to not have to pack lunches, your kids will also gain more independence by packing their own lunch. Better yet, they’ll get exactly what they want each day and won’t complain that you packed a lunch they didn’t like.

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  1. Yess! I absolutely believe in doing this. Not only does it help kids makes snack choices you approve of but it helps take one small task off of your plate. Thanks for sharing with us at Merry Monday this week!

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