Got toddlers? Then you know busy, you know messy, and we know that you know picky. While a piece of fruit or a string cheese are options, and packaged snacks like cookies and chips make toddlers smile, we all know that parents are constantly trying to get as much valuable nutrition into those tiny tummies as possible.
That’s why there is no time like the present to dive in—tastebuds first—to favourite toddler food types to give you a bunch of creative snack ideas to satisfy those little humans at any time of day. If you’re on the hunt for creative snack ideas for toddlers, check out our snacking guide with the best healthy snacks for little kids. Yum, yum!
Dipping Toddler Snacks
Toddlers love to dip. The act of upgrading their food with a condiment gives them a sense of control and is just plain fun. Hey, it’s also good for their pincer grasp and fine motor control, so everybody wins when the dips come out. Here are some good snack ideas for toddlers that go beyond nuggets and fries.
Try out this healthy and delicious toddler cookie recipe and serve them with your favourite milk variety whether cow’s, almond, oat, or otherwise.
Apple Slices in Sweet Dip
Try a plate of apple slices with peanut butter, Nutella, or something more creative that they could make? A homemade chocolate dip …
This savoury, salty, easy to prepare dip is kid-friendly and perfect for Taco Tuesday…or any other day of the week. Serve with tortilla chips, toasted pita points, or vegetable sticks.
Sweet Toddler Snacks
Who doesn’t like the sweet stuff? Most kids sure do! But indulging your little one’s sweet tooth doesn’t have to be detrimental to their health. While ice cream and sweets are ok on special occasions, here are some of our favourite healthy snack ideas for toddlers, that just so happen to taste sweet, too.
The easiest toddler snack idea there ever was: sliced watermelon, star-shaped cookie cutter, plate, the end.
This refreshing snack is great in summer (but we think it’ll be a hit with most kiddos any time of year)! Your toddler will love the sprinkles for a pretty, crunchy treat, but essentially? They’re eating a banana and yogurt. #WINNING
Bite-size fruit on a stick is the perfect answer to “what’s for snack?” Try arranging your fruit selection in rainbow order or using coloured skewers to make them even more fun for toddlers.
That satisfying crunch isn’t something just adults look for in a snack. It’s always a good time for sensory exploration with littles, even at the kitchen counter. Make snack time special with our favourite crunchy bites for little kids.
That satisfying, juicy crunch of celery is something everyone deserves in their lives. But if it’s been a challenge getting over the hump to have your toddler actually try it, give these a go with a couple of colourful dips.
The sweet crunch of apples with a few little upgrades and a cute shape! What toddler wouldn’t want to try this snack idea?
“Let Me Help!” Toddler Snack Ideas
Toddler fingers are into everything! Sometimes it feels like a battle to get your little one to not “help,” because it can add to clean up time and make life run a little less smoothly. But when it comes to these easy and cute snack ideas for toddlers, embrace their desire to help you and make it a fun activity for you both.
These irresistible veggie faces are a brilliant solution to the vegetable crisis many toddler-parents face. Not only is your little one in control of which vegetables they’re eating here, they’ll also be much likelier to try (and maybe finish!) what’s on their plate when it looks this cute…and they helped!
The fewer the ingredients, the better the recipe tends to be for busy parents. Not to mention that cookies like these, that get the bulk of their sweetness from bananas rather than white sugar, are always a healthier option. But don’t worry, your toddler will love them, and will love helping you to throw the ingredients in the bowl to make them, too.
This utterly delicious, mostly just fun snack for little kids involves a piece of toast, food colouring in soft butter, and dried fruit, nuts, and sprinkles for a tasty crunch—and a pop of pretty. Spread on the good stuff and leave to the sprinkling!
Using yarn, ribbon, or string you have lying around the house, show your toddler how to string up an edible necklace of Cheerio’s, Froot Loops, and their other favourite cereals with “holes.” This on-the-go snack is an oldie but a very goodie. (Just make sure you’re supervising when your tot wears their necklace—and make them take it off at naptime and bedtime.)
Feel free to add to our toddler snack ideas … I hope you’ll give these a try, enjoy!
My life revolves around food and family and I love it! A true food lover and always on the look out for a new recipe to try or to taste. So obsessed that I only book holiday destinations where the food is halal so that I can taste everything. A business graduate who took a career break to start a family. I have been blessed with 4 children, all under 10 years old. They drive me crazy in the best possible way.