Thursday, October 25, 2012

How To Make A Cheap, Quick, Easy Kids Snack in 5 Steps

Potatoes are really cheap and you can buy large bags of them at you local grocery store. But more than that with a little lesson from Mom and a little help from big brother or big sister.

Today,  I set up a potato prep factory with the kids and taught them all how to manage making themselves a baked potato.

What is needed:

plastic wrap or a glass dish with lid if you prefer
a fork or knife for poking holes in the potato

How to Cook:

1.Wrap your potato in plastic wrap until all covered. (kind of like wrapping a baby doll)
2. Poke holes in the wrapping all around.
3. Place in the center of your microwave and cook on high.
    Small=4-6 minutes
    Medium to medium large= 8-10 minutes
    Large like a restaurant = about 15 minutes
4. Remove from the microwave with a hot pad. Place onto a plate and fork open and smash.
5. Add toppings of your choice.

Today, we just prepared our potatoes and placed them into a drawer in our refrigerator with each child's name on it (with a permanent marker) that way when the kids need a snack they can make themselves one. Other great snacks for kids to make on their own are sandwiches  popcorn, ramen noodles, and tortilla roll ups.  Just make sure you have instructed young ones not to use knives and to ask for help from the older ones or their parents.

 What snacks do your children make on their own?

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