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Eat the Alphabet One Snack at a Time

Try this fun way to work on letter sounds and keep lunches fresh and fun all year long.
on October 31, 2013

Sending your children off to school doesn't mean that you can't add a little extra learning to their day. For children who are reading independently, lunch box notes with bits of encouragement, jokes, or trivia are great. For younger children still working on letter recognition and sounds, I like to make letter snacks! Your child can eat her way through the alphabet. 


All you need is a small, reusable container and a sheet of letter stickers. Fill the container with the snack that starts with a particular letter and pop the sticker on top. After you have been doing this awhile, skip the sticker and at the end of the day ask what letter she had for the snack… you just have to remember what you packed! 


Here is a list of mostly healthy snacks, from A to Z, for your little learners. 


A - Almonds, Apples, Apricots

B - Bagel, Banana, Broccoli

C - Cantaloupe, Carrots, Cheese, Cranberries

D - Dates, Doughnuts 

E - Egg, Edamame 

F - Fig Newtons, Fruit Snacks

G - Goldfish, Grapes

H - Honeydew, Hummus

 I - Ice Cream (maybe keep this one for a special day?)

J - Jelly Beans 

K - Kale Chips, Kettle Corn

L - Lemon Bar, Lima Beans

M - Mango, Mandarin Oranges, Muffin 

N - Nectarine, Nuts, Noodles

O - Oranges, Oreos

P - Peaches, Plums, Popcorn

Q - Quesadillas, Quinoa Salad

R - Raisins, Raspberries, Rice Cakes

S - Saltines, Snap Peas, Strawberries

T - Toast, Tomatoes, Tortilla Chips

U - Ugli Fruit, Udon Noodles

V - Veggies and Dip 

W - Watermelon, Waffles

X - Use two pretzel sticks and nut or sun butter to stick together into Xs

Y - Yogurt 

Z - Zbar


What snack did I miss? Tell us your child's favorite snack on the Scholastic Parents Facebook page to keep this list growing. 


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