For a fun snack base, you can use pita chips, crackers, little sliced breads, goldfish crackers, teddy bear and regular graham crackers, animal crackers and pretzels — sticks, chips, pretzel rods and circles.
Try using vegetables like celery, baby carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, mini peppers cut into small scoop bite sized pieces, or any of your other favorite veggies.
For fruits, try banana slices and sliced apples (dipped in citrus to keep them from browning), tiny orange segments, grapes, berries, star fruit, kiwi or any other fruit you may want your kids to taste. Dried fruits, trail mix or nuts are also an idea to add interest.
Dip suggestions can be bean dips, hummus, cheese ball, cheese dip, nut/peanut butter, or marshmallow fluff — for a sweet treat.
Be creative and showcase a special theme:
Tex-Mex theme: Salsa, mini round corn chips, sour cream, refried beans, guacamole and shredded cheese.
Pizza theme: Suggestion includes pizza sauce, little breads, pepperoni, Canadian bacon and string cheese.
Snow day theme: Cocoa packets, mini marshmallows, peppermint sticks, cinnamon sticks, graham crackers, popcorn and orange slices.
Easter theme: Hard boiled eggs, carrots, celery, baby vegetables, grapes, Easter colored M&M’s, Peeps and Easter cookies.