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Healthy Classroom Snack Ideas

Snack Duty Made Easy!

Managing the snack calendar can be one of your many duties as room mom. Don’t stress! Following these 3 tips make for classroom snack success:

  1. Set and share snack guidelines on food choiceshealthy snack
  2. Make it easy to sign up on a class snack calendar & remind parents when it’s their turn
  3. Have a backup plan

Set and share snack guidelines on food choices  

For a terrific Classroom Snack List, head on over to our friends at Cozi’s Live Simply to print or download their list to share with your class parents. (click here)  Snack ideas include healthy munchies like popcorn, dipping ideas like graham crackers in peanut butter or carrots and hummus, and healthy bar choices.

To accommodate children with food allergies, alert all parents to clearly label snack items and follow school food allergy guidelines.  Learn how room moms can help manage  food allergies.

Make it easy to sign up on a class snack calendar & remind parents when it’s their turn

Free and easy online sign up sheets with reminders from VolunteerSpot make managing the snack schedule a breeze. Here’s an article with snack schedule sign up sheet examples over on VolunteerSpot’s blog.

Have a backup plan

Keep a few boxes of cereal squares or granola bars stashed in the teacher’s supply closet to cover if a parent misses a turn.  Ask the teacher to alert you if she needs to break into the snack stash.  Don’t jump to conclusions about why a parent missed a turn, instead, politely invite them to sign up for a future spot and suggest they replace the back-up-snack in the teacher’s supply.  Be sensitive, not all parents can afford to help with snack duty.  Suggested note:

Oops!  Did you know today was your turn to provide snack for Ms. H’s class today?  If there was a mixup, please click this link to go to our class snack calendar and choose a new day <paste link>.  We appreciate you replacing the backup snack which was served today. Please send a replacement of {list items} the next time you go shopping. If your family can’t participate in snack duty for any reason, please let me know and we’ll take you off the schedule.

 

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