I hosted an outdoor learning program in the park this past week. Homeschool families joined me and we had a science program and food tasting lab we called the “Snack Lab”.
The main goal was to help kids identify healthy snack choices. But we also had a fun adventure learning about our taste buds and sampling sweet, sour, bitter, and salty food options. We also did a product sampling and giveaway of Snikiddy All Natural snacks.
The kids spent some time answering questions and sharing about their favorite snacks. They learned to identify their personal favorite combinations: salty and crunchy, sweet and juicy, sweet and crunchy, sour, etc.
Then we discussed some healthy and not so healthy snack choices. Using lots of plastic toy foods, we grouped the healthy choices and not healthy choices on different plates. We discussed why some foods are healthy snack choices: nutrients including vitamins and minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats, and proteins. We also discussed why some foods are bad snack choices: artificial colors, too much sugar, bad fats and hydrogenated oils, and artificial ingredients.
Then the kids took turns trying out several different healthy food choices that met these different criteria: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, crunchy, soft, juicy, etc. After tasting the food, the children identified and described what they were tasting.
Bell peppers were bitter and crunchy.
Lemons and Limes were sour and juicy.
Grapes were sweet and juicy, carrots were sweet and crunchy, and so on. The kids tried out several fresh snacks. However, I forgot to cut up the apples, even though I brought several apples with me and a cutting board and knife along. I just ran out of time and forgot to do it. Sometimes the pollen in the air makes me feel like my head is in a cloud!
We discussed several more fruits and vegetables and protein snacks that we did not have on hand, but would make good snack options too, like fresh broccoli, celery, cauliflower, strawberries, blueberries, peaches, bananas, cheese and crackers, and so on. Most kids said apples were their favorite fresh food snack. (go figure, the one choice I didn’t serve them, but they saw it on the plate, sorry guys!).
Next we sampled some varieties of salty and crunchy snacks. We discussed lots of options like popcorn, nuts, crackers, pretzels and various chips too. Most kids said either popcorn or pretzels were their favorite salty and crunchy snack.
On each plate the kids tasted Snikiddy All Natural snacks. We were sent five different bags to try. The variety included: Baked Fries: Sea Salt, Barbecue, and Cheddar Cheese; Cheese Puffs: Grilled Cheese ; and Eat Your Vegetables: Sour Cream and Onion.
Snikiddy All Natural snacks are made with healthy wholesome ingredients, are gluten free, wheat free, preservative free, no corn syrup, no hydrogenated oils, and have no artificial colors or flavors. You can read about the ingredients on the links posted above.
From the Snikiddy website: “ …Snikiddy® creates products for families actively looking for healthier foods that satisfy their snack cravings. The Snikiddy brand is a portfolio of better for you snacks that are simple, wholesome real products for families. “
After the tasting lab, the kids and some of the parents took a snack survey. I came up with the questions myself and printed them out on paper. I cut the sheets of paper into 10 rectangles a little bigger than buisiness card size. This way I could fit 50 surveys on 5 sheets of paper. It was much cheaper to print this way than print out 50 sheets of paper.
They answered these questions on the survey:
1. Do you eat snacks?
a) Yes b) no
2. Which answer is a snack?
a) apple b) popcorn c) chips d) all
3. What is your favorite salty snack?
4. Which Snikiddy All Natural snacks were your favorite?
a) Baked Fries: Sea Salt , Cheddar, Barbecue
b) Cheese Puffs: Grilled Cheese
c) Eat Your Vegetables: Sour Cream and Onion
Four of the parents helped me serve the kids all of the various snacks and take the survey. After the tasting lab, they went to each child and took down their personal answers on the survey forms. The parents squatted down like you see in the pictures at eye level with the kids and got their honest open opinions. This was such a big help, as it a
llowed me to focus on teaching the kids and taking pictures.
I love homeschool families and their servant attitude. Truly these families encourage me to do more and more, reach my full potential, accomplish my goals, and be the best I can be. You know they are teaching all these kids the same thing too. Wow, all these kids reaching their goals and full potentials, awesome! All this encouragement and support makes teaching the kids absolutely fun! I just want to say a big “Thank You!” I just love everyone of them!
After our sampling and survey of the Snikiddy snack foods, the kids and parents were free to eat as much of the various snacks as they wanted. Oh, it was so yummy, and there was plenty to eat today. They ate everything except the bell peppers.
The kids also made a snack bag / goodie bag craft to take home bags of Snikiddy snacks. I supplied them with various craft supplies and they could decorate their snack bag anyway they wanted with crayons, colored pencils, and cut outs.
After our craft, we filled their snack bags with Snikiddy All Natural snack bags. This was such a treat to take home. Then we drew names for giveaways. Some kids won large boxes full of Snikiddy snack foods. Wow!
Some kids won Snikiddy Art Kits. These kits are wonderful and fit nicely in a backpack, purse, or desk. They contained 8 pastels, 12 crayons, and 8 colored pencils all in a handy plastic organizer kit for crafting lots of arts and crafts.
There were way to many pictures from today to share them all with you. But as you can see, we learned allot about nutrition and healthy snack choices, science with our taste buds, and we had a lot of learning fun!
Everyone loved the Snikiddy snacks. When it came to picking favorites, the most favorite by far was the Grilled Cheese Puffs. All of the parents also enjoyed the Snikiddy snacks and several asked where they could buy them for their kids. I am glad to share this information, because these snacks really are delicious, kids love them, and many families with allergies or on special diets can eat them.
Snikiddy is available for purchase in lots of stores and online. Check out the Snikiddy website to find a retailer near you. They also offer a free coupon at the top of the product page.
Snikiddy also offers contests and giveaways. Right now they have a Summer Escapes Sweepstakes going on. Stop over to Snikiddy.com and enter their contests for a chance to win great prizes!
Disclaimer: I was sent the product mentioned above in exchange for writing an honest review. All opinions expressed are my personal opinions, and I also gathered opinions from the folks I shared the product with and expressed them in this review as well.
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