My cousin told me she had a place for snacks where he kids could simply help themselves. Granted her kids are a lot older than my daughter, but she is still old enough she can pull a granola bar out of a cabinet if she wants it. That is when the idea was born to create a "snack basket". My search for a cheap container began with a trip to the local Dollar Tree. They had small baskets that were just the right size to fit inside my cabinet, while still being able to hold several snacks.I decided to purchase two of these baskets, one for my cereal cabinet and one for the refrigerator.
My next task was to determine what things I would keep in these baskets because I wanted the snacks to be healthy since the goal was to allow my daughter the option to get her own snack. I decided to purchase things like granola bars, raisins, etc. For the refrigerator basket, I cut up baggies of carrots, cucumbers, etc. Both baskets are placed within my daughter's reach so she can just grab something when she's hungry. I don't put everything I purchase in the basket at one time either. I usually place 1/2 a box of whatever I buy in the basket and store the remainder on my pantry shelf.
Now when my daughter is hungry she can go to her snack baskets and help herself. She loves the independence of being able to get something herself and I found that I'm not constantly having to stop folding laundry or sweeping or whatever task I am working on to get her a snack.
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