Snacking is a high-pressure affair for kids and parents alike. I just learned that during this school year, my eight-year-old son will be eating lunch at 11:20 in the morning. No wonder he's growling with hunger when he gets home at 3:30 in the afternoon! With the kids badgering you for food, it's easy to get stumped or reach for prepackaged solutions. But with a bit of foresight, you can have good snacks at the ready. Some of the eleven snack ideas below encourage kids to take part in the preparation; others are super-easy to have on hand for the hungry hordes when they burst through the door. All of them are easy to make. Because no matter how creative a cook you are, you don't want to get fiddly at snacktime.
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