Meals and Snacks in Child Care

Child Care September 27, 2015 Print Friendly and PDF

Boy eating snack at picnic table

Meal and snack times in child care can be a great opportunity for introducing new foods and healthy eating habits. Eating times are also a wonderful chance for children to practice self-help skills and learn how to have mealtime conversations. Invite children to talk about their families and pets. Encourage discussions about where foods come from and discuss the colors of different foods. Show children how to set the table and count out silverware, cups and plates. Meal and snack times in child care are a great time for learning. The articles listed below provide ideas for making meals and snacks enjoyable and nutritious in a child care setting.

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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.