Snack as a center

Discussion in 'Preschool' started by Christina Blocksom, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. Aug 30, 2016

    I teach older 2s through young 4s, at least that is my spread this year. The majority of my class have just turned 3. I'm considering offering snack as a center rather than having a separate group snack to avoid more transitions as well as to lengthen play time. Does anyone have any experience with this? I can't find any written guidance on this from the State of Virginia from a food safety issue. So I'm interested in that, but also if anyone has tried this model and how it worked. Thanks.
  3. pabef

    pabef Comrade

    Sep 21, 2007
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    Aug 30, 2016

    I have done this, but it was a make your own snack center. For instance when we did a picnic theme, I had a watermelon and a melon baller that they could use (with supervision). I have done cheese and crackers, apples and peanut butter and other items that they could make themselves. I tried to come up with snacks to fit the theme. I did it for one class and have not done it since. It was fun and easy, just messy.
  4. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

    Jun 10, 2007
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    Aug 30, 2016

    I really like this.

    I'm not sure if it would be age appropriate, but maybe OP could also include stuff like setting the table (napkins, cups, whatever) or table manners?
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  5. SpecialPreskoo

    SpecialPreskoo Moderator

    Jul 19, 2002
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    Aug 31, 2016

    It's a great idea. They can learn how to set the table, serve the food and how to clean up afterwards. LIFE SKILLS! :D

    I've done it before. Especially when I had so many kids. They ate in shifts! LOL

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