Stuck on snack ideas for kids?

Katie from Busy Happy Kids knows how challenging it can be to come up with snack ideas for the kids. Not only do we need some nutritious goodies to pack into the lunch boxes, but often the after school munchies have the kids reaching for a snack too.

Easy snacks for kids

In order to help you avoid the pitfalls of processed and often unhealthy snacks, Katie has created a handy list of some superb snack ideas that the kids will love. If you would like to order a fridge magnet of the list, pop on over to her Facebook page, Busy Happy Kids NZ and drop her a message – they’re just $5 incl P&P!

To help you out we’ve even included some Kidspot recipes below for those that require a little bit of preparation. Happy snacking!

kids snacks

Image courtesy of Busy Happy Kids

Recipes from the Kidspot Kitchen

Corn fritters

Pop the homemade tomato relish in a little leakproof tub and don’t expect any leftovers! Get the recipe for Sweetcorn fritters with tomato relish


Perfect for an after-school snack, toasty dippers are the perfect partner for homemade hummus. Get the recipe for Hummus with toasty dippers

Sandwich roll ups

The trick to a great sandwich roll up is choosing fresh, tasty bread that the kids like – otherwise they will never even consider trying the filling. Get the recipe for turkey pest roll-ups

Mini frittatas

These little frittatas are made with bacon and peas but you can substitute these for other cooked deli meats or veggies. Try diced capsicum. leftover roast pumpkin or kumara, or grated zucchini. Get the recipe for Mini bacon and pea frittatas

Boost balls

Boost or protein balls come in many different forms. This recipe uses dates, peanut butter, raw cacao powder and almonds. Get the recipe for chocolate nut balls

Weet-Bix slice

A Kiwi kids classic. We’ve topped our version with a lemon icing which can be drizzled over the top. Get the recipe for Weet-Bix slice with lemon icing


We totally didn’t sneak in some veggies … or did we? Get the recipe for veggie pikelets

Busy Happy Kids

From Katie at Busy Happy Kids:
I started Busy Happy Kids to share activities and ideas on how parents can encourage their children to be active and get outdoors. I was a Physical Education and Health teacher prior to having children and really love encouraging other families to be active. I progressed into sharing recipes and shopping lists/menus to teach parents how to shop on a small budget.

Visit the Busy Happy Kids website for more food ideas, recipe and fun activities to do with the kids.


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  3. Alezandra 27/02/2018 at 11:22 pm

    Can definitely use this image to print out and place on the fridge door. I especially run out of ideas for snacks. Although it’s usually just PB & J that my little one likes.

  4. danielle2211 27/02/2018 at 8:31 pm

    Loving the ideas from Busy happy kids it’s so easy to just give the kids the same things that they like to eat, but then they get stuck on them and wont try anything new. I’m definitely going to make some of the weetbix slice for the kids of course.. haha

  5. kymmage 26/02/2018 at 9:31 am

    What a helpful graphic! Sometimes I just go completely blank when the kids are asking for a snack! My kids do love pikelets and pancakes. They would be pretty easy. Corn fritters would probably be a hit with one of my kids. Great ideas 👍

  6. felicity beets 22/02/2018 at 1:42 pm

    My toddler loves pikelets so will have to try the vegetable ones

  7. Bevik1971 22/02/2018 at 12:20 pm

    My daughter is actually really liking the little healthy snack balls – found a peanut butter and cacao that she loves, so pop one in her lunch 🙂 She’s a bit of a fussy little Miss so it can be hard to get her stuff for snacking that she will actually eat lol

  8. Mands1980 22/02/2018 at 12:15 pm

    Yummy I love new ideas that are healthy and a change from the usual snacks. It’s just getting round to making sure I have all the ingredients before I go ahead and try and make new snacks. The kids always love new things for school lunches and after school.

  9. Jen_Wiig 22/02/2018 at 11:46 am

    Aw gosh yum these sound so good…. Really good lunch box fillers that eliminate the packet stuff too… Yay… I must admit I’m abit reliant on package stuff as I have such a mind block on what to create for the 3 boys that’ll be yum and healthy… This has helped alot!! Evwn as simple as roll up sandwiches instead of usual 2 pieces with filling cut in half… Love it

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