We’re sharing the ultimate, interactive snack tray that every kid will love… and you will too in this post sponsored by Disney Junior. This summer I’m excited to partner with them to bring you a series of fun, simple, do-able recipes inspired by fun FRiYAY programming!
My kids love snacks. I mean LOVE. If it were a choice between a tray of snack foods and a meal, I think the snacks would win them over every time. And one thing they’re learning and maybe not quite so much in love with yet? Sharing.
It’s a push a pull… a give and take. It’s a balance between not forcing them to share what is theirs and helping them to learn to stand in the shoes of another, seeing the world through different eyes than their own. To be honest, it’s something I’m working on too.
Something I’ve been learning to share more of lately with my little ones is my heart. Strangely enough, many times these conversations happen over food. Well, over snacks, of course. That could just be because of the sheer frequency of snack breaks in our house, though I’m finding being more intentional in our snacking, both in content and in time, has been helpful. The process itself is almost therapeutic, the chopping, slicing, dicing and pouring. Finding things they love and items that love their little bodies right back. I set out a tray of their favorite fruits and vegetables, cheeses and small bites and watch them gather ’round.
These are the times I treasure with them, and the moments we share so much… stories flow, questions are asked, we talk about how much we have and where our food comes from, and remember why it is that we share of what we have. For quite a while now, we’ve regularly been taking our kids with us to help volunteer as we want them to see the power of doing good. It doesn’t always have to be in serving meals to the homeless of our community (though that is one of the outlets we use), but it can be in so many “smaller” ways too. A smile holds the power to change someone’s day. An inspiring word can brighten dark eyes. Giving from whatever it is that we have whether it be food, time or talents, is something I want them to see the beauty in. I want them to feel the joy of sharing… even when it’s just sharing a toy with little sister. When we can understand the why behind the idea of sharing, it makes it so much easier to give, and this is the heart I desire my little ones to have.
So yes, digging through our fridge and pantry, I realize just how blessed we to have food we can share with each other; and even more than that we can make moments out of the most normal of things! Why is this snack tray one that kids will love? Well for one, it can be suited to every family and every child! Dig through and find a mix of items they already know and love and then throw in a few new foods to try as well. And second, encourage them to play with their food. It turns the mundane task of snack time into an activity and time together can be full of teachable moments… like sharing the cucumber “wheels” for the racers we’re building or deciding to give up the last orange slice for someone else who wants it.
To make an easy race car, begin with a cheese stick and use pretzel rods to add cucumber wheels!
Our little snack tray race cars were inspired by Mickey and the Roadster Racers, a Disney Junior show that I even like to watch with my little ones, especially when the new episodes air on Friday mornings on the Disney channel all summer. Happy FRiYAY! Really though, many times the messaging lately is about learning to share and not be selfish, which is the perfect addition to our own summer learning curve. So while we play with our snacks, build our own racers and talk about our own choices, we can remember the time Pluto had to learn the same thing. For me, it’s a parenting win-win.
Mama’s tell me, what are some ways you’ve found to help open your little one’s eyes to the ideas of sharing?? I’d love to hear your wins!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney Junior.