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Easy After School Snacks

After school snacking should be easy. In this post I show you some simple, fun and creative ideas for easy after school snacks for kids. This post is sponsored by Walmart, as always all the information is honestly mine!

Easy after school snacks that can be made in minutes with pantry items

My 1st grader gets off the bus at 3:50, I struggle because this is so close to our dinner time. We typically eat at 5:30. I have this constant push and pull in my mind of what to give him for an after school snack. He comes through the door famished most days and I know he’s ready for the comfort of home and a sweet treat. My kids are like me and have a big sweet tooth.

I’m always looking for more ways to increase their fruit and veggie intake and I’ve learned with my kids that putting something they really want next to the fruit and veggies usually helps them eat it.

easy after school snacks for kids

I’m also not looking to create a fancy creation when I’m also trying to get dinner on the table! Like I said our after school time is so close to dinner that I’m usually prepping my dinner meal at the same time I’m getting an after school snack out. So having snacks on hand that are quick, easy and make my exhausted school child smile are key.

I’m also always looking for ways to make my life easier. My word for the year is SIMPLIFY. 🙂 I have turned into a total online shopper. I love having things delivered to my door, and I’m pretty sure you do too. If I can avoid a grocery trip with a two year who is trying to climb out of the cart, a five year old who is asking for everything on the store shelves and a seven year old who is whining- it’s a no brainer!

Pantry staples purchased with Walmart 2 day shipping

Walmart has free 2 day shipping on orders over $35 and everything (other than the produce) in these photos I ordered from walmart.com. Online ordering makes my life so much easier and I’m loving that the everyday low prices of Walmart are only a 2 day shipping click away. I can get all of my pantry items delivered by Walmart and it’s ahhhhmazing!

My kids’ favorite easy after school snacks include:

rice krispies treats
pop tarts
fruit snacks
go go squeeze applesauce packets
marshmallows
goldfish
cheese sticks

When I’m in the mood to let them do something fun I pull out the graham crackers, peanut butter and melt some chocolate chips in the microwave. I’m not going to lie, if I let the kids make the chocolate covered graham crackers there is usually a mess, but when is there not a mess with kids? ha!

divided plate with fruit and chocolate covered graham crackers for after school snacking

The great thing about chocolate covered graham crackers is that they pair well with fruit. chocolate and strawberries- a match made in heaven! Such an easy after school snack! 😉 I love peanut butter and chocolate together so it’s no wonder I have so many recipes on the blog using the two! My chocolate covered peanut butter Easter egg crackers are SO cute and using Ritz crackers I made chocolate peanut butter spider web crackers for Halloween, both are perfect for easy after school snacks during those holidays. 

Side note- I’m totally in love with these separated plates. They are made from recycled plastic and they are the cutest colors! Also from walmart.com!

What are you ordering from walmart.com? What makes your life easier to pick up on your front doorstep instead of a trip to the store? Tell me! I’d love to hear in the comments or tag me on Instagram (@handmadeintheheartland) or facebook!

What are your kids’ favorite after school snacks? I’m always looking for new ideas!

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