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Kid-Friendly Summer Snacks

Created May 29, 2023
Have hungry kids at home? To help you save time and make more memories with the kiddos, we’ve put together some ideas for make-ahead snack packs.

How to Plan Snacks for Kids

Organization is key to a kids’ snack guide. Whether you're storing snack packs in the pantry, fridge, or cooler, kids have to be able to find what they’re looking for easily. So, choose a storage container that can easily hold several snack options, like a basket or an acrylic bin.

If your children have different food preferences or dietary restrictions, give each kiddo their own basket with a name label. Personal baskets are also an easy way to reduce snack squabbles.

Pantry Snack Planner


You can use plenty of pantry items to create your snack planner. Chips, veggie sticks, crackers, and dried fruit are always great options. You could also make breakfast-inspired snack packs with cereal, granola bars, and made-ahead muffins. Add a beverage so the kids have something to sip on while snacking.

Fridge-Friendly Snack Planner

summer snacks fridge

Present your kids with options and create snack planners not just for the pantry but for the fridge, too. Here, you can organize your packs with containers that fit on a shelf or store them in one of the drawers.

You’ll want to assemble cold snacks the kids can open or create themselves. Think pre-cut veggies, cheese sticks, yogurt, mess-free fruit, deli meat, squeeze fruit pouches, or pre-peeled hard-boiled eggs.

Road Trip Cooler


If you're planning a road trip, a kids’ snack planner is a must. Consider packing these picnic-like lunches: low-mess veggies and fruit, grapes and baby carrots, made-ahead crescent rolls, cheese slices or sticks, crackers, nuts, and sweet treats, like mini chocolates or cookies. These can be packed in a cooler and easily distributed when hunger strikes on the open road.

Catering to hungry kids doesn’t have to be a chore. With some prep work, you can encourage your little ones to find parent-approved snacks in the fridge or pantry, or enjoy exciting nibbles on the road. Tag us in your summer snack plans @Pillsbury.