Did you know that there are many ways to teach the Alphabet to children? There are ABC songs and ABC kid’s games and rote memory activities and more. One of the more interesting ways – at least to the kids – is to ‘eat the alphabet!’ Creating a fun ABC activity using food is always a memorable experience and snack time or meal time is a great time to eat the alphabet! Many young children can be very fussy and selective eaters so introducing fun, new ways to eat healthy foods can be a challenge. Introducing unfamiliar foods can be an ABC Kids Game and help children become more receptive to trying something new. Add silly adjectives to the name of the snack such as ‘silly string cheese’ or ‘yummy yogurt pops’, etc.
When offering sugary snacks limit the amount to a taste or two and add some cheese, fruit or a glass of milk to help your children eat less of the unhealthy foods.
There are snack ideas for every letter of the alphabet. Sometimes you may have to be a bit creative (letters Q and Z for example) but you can come up with something. Below is a list of snack or meal ideas for each letter. Please feel free to comment and share your favorites that you have used with toddlers and preschool children.
***Adults should handle any stove top or oven use to avoid accidental burns to children. Use extreme care, potholders, etc… keep young children well out of the way.
*** Everybody wash hands before any food preparation and when having children help to prepare any food.
*** Always check with parents about any ALLERGIES the children may have. Allergic reactions can have serious side effects including death. Always offer alternatives.
A – Apples (of course you knew that was coming!); Applesauce (Making your own is very easy!); Almonds,
B – Bananas, Banana Bread (make your own!), whole wheat Bagel, Bread (bake some whole wheat Pillsbury rolls) , Blueberry muffins, Frozen Blueberries,
C – Carrots and dip, Cauliflower and dip, Corn on the Cob, Cheese & Crackers, Cereal, Cantaloupe, Cheerios, Chocolate (dark) covered Strawberries, Cherries, Coconut,
D – Dairy Foods for D, Delicious Delights (make up something and call it that!) Disappearing Dippy Sticks (Carrots or celery sticks with dip)
E – Eggs (scrambles, hard boiled, deviled), Egg Salad on Crackers, Egg Roll,
F – French Fries (sweet potato version), Fruit, Fabulous Fun Fajitas, French toast,
G – Grapes, Grapefruit, Goldfish crackers, Graham Crackers, Green Eggs & Ham,
H – Ham & Cheese Hoagie (make a huge one and cut it up to share), Happy Honey Sticks (Dip pretzels into honey), * Babies under 1 year should not consume honey.
I – Ice Cream, Ice Milk, Ice Pops
J – Jello Jigglers, Juice, Jam & Toast,
K – Kiwi fruit, kumquat,
L – Lemons (make lemonade), Limes (make limeade), Licorice,
M – Milk (add some chocolate), Minty Ice Cream, Macaroni and Cheese, Mashed Potatoes,
N – Nectarines, Nuts, Nifty —
O – Olives, Oranges, Oatmeal,
P – Pretzels, Peaches, Peanuts (beware of allergies) , Pistachio Pudding, Pumpkin (make a pie using canned), Pizza on Whole Wheat Pita Pockets (fun to make!), Potato Tots,
Q – Quesadilla, Quaker Oatmeal, Quiche, Quick Bread, Quinoa (Keen-wah)
R – Rasberries, Raisins, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Raviolis,
S – Spaghetti (whole wheat pasta), Saltines w/cheese, Dark Chocolate Covered Strawberries,
T – Tacos, Tuna Salad on crackers, Tea and Biscuits (have a tea party), Tangy Tarts,
U – Udon Noodles, Upside down cake, Under the Sea ‘Goldfish’crackers,
V– Vanilla ice cream, Vienna Fingers, Velveeta Cheese, V-8 Fruit Juice, Veggie burger, Vegetables and Dip, Very Vanilla Pudding,
W – Watermelon, Walnuts, Wheat Chex, Wheat Crackers, Water, Wiggly Worms,
X – Hershey Kisses XXX, X-Shaped Jello Jigglers, X-tra Special PB&J Sandwiches, make X’s out of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls,
Y – Yogurt (Frozen Gogurts or Pops), Yellow Fruit, Yummy yams (mashed),
Z – Zucchini (make bread), ziti (pasta shape), zesty salad,