Healthy Children’s Snacks

Dehydrating Fun!

I continue to look for fun snacks that are healthy for my children. As fall starts to come around the corner I often think of apples. One of my favorite ways to eat apples is to place them in a dehydrator and make apple chips. My daughters and I had a blast doing this!

The steps are easy. Dehydrators come with a simple manual to follow. I would follow this to make sure you have the right temperature and time lengths for your specific dehydrator.

The steps are easy. Slice your apples.

Place them in a lemon soak. I used a 1 to 4 ratio of lemon to water.

My manual said to remove the cores and the skins.

Place in dehydrator. My dehydrator has a fruit setting. I placed the fruit in for 8 hours. Easy and healthy!

Please share any healthy snacks your kids love!


Must Read Children’s Authors

The following are three amazing books with outstanding author’s. I love when I can find an author and love ALL their books. These authors/series definitely fall in this category and do not disappoint.

Wellie Wishers

First, my daughter and I are reading the American Girl, Wellie Wisher books. The books are a lot of fun and have a very nice lesson to each. Further, she enjoys acting out the books with her dolls. The American Girl websites rates these books for five years plus.

Wayside School by Louis Sachar

You would recognize many of his classic stories Holes and There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom. I found this as a neat summer read because this book in particular is segmented into different stories which is easy to go in and out of on busy schedules. I also find this book good for reluctant readers for this reason making this book more of a quick read with less wordiness and the entertaining humor will keep the pages turning.

Scholastic rates this book for grades 4-5.

Colonial Madness by Jo Whittemore

I really enjoyed this author’s writing style for children. There is definitely humor and a strong, quick paced plot line throughout the story. I look forward to reading other novels by this author.

Summer Crafts with Leftover Art Supplies


Summer time for us is craft time! Does anyone have any neat summer crafts they have stumbled upon? My current theme is using up what we have. Currently, we have popsicle sticks and pipe cleaners I want to get rid of. Some we have enjoyed so far are below!







         Popsicle Stick Treasure Box


We had left over popsicle sticks at the house and did not know what to do with them. I found this great treasure box idea on the website below.






Pipe Cleaner Fun!  


Now we just need to clear out our pipe-cleaners! These pipe cleaner animals looked like a lot of fun below! So far we made glow worms.

Healthy Kid Friendly Meal and Snacks Ideas Continued


I continue my search for healthy meal/snack ideas that are quick for kids. While my next addition is not earth shattering, it is extremely effective for kids. My family has been experimenting with a variety of fruit salads. For some reason my three year does not like apples, the easiest fruit you can find. I decided to change it up for her and throw the left over bananas and oranges in a bowl and she loved it all. I also found that throwing some of the things they love on top makes the whole bowl look more enticing to them. Strawberries, chocolate bits, and blueberries are always a great add in.

Here are some fun recipes I found:

Do you have a fun family fruit salad?

Reading Resources for Young Readers

I am often asked for valuable resources to increase children’s reading skills. Orton-Gillingham is a valued teaching approach to help struggling readers learn to read. As well as, I feel new readers. Many schools use Orton-Gillingham ideas to build there reading instruction. This approach takes a multi sensory approach that can help all readers build their skills. I attached a link below with eight strategies that I thought were really neat and would be nice to use for the summer as children are out of school. If you look at the different ideas they are really simple and look like they would be great fun!

8 Multisensory Techniques for Teaching Reading

Story Structure Builder

A woman from my critique group shared this story structure builder a while ago, and I have been meaning to share it. I am not sure where she hear it, but it is so simple and really useful. Any story can fit this mold.

Once up a time________

Every day _________

One day _______

Because of that ________

Because of that ________

Because of that ________

Until Finally ___________

The example we used in the group to model it was Fancy Nancy.

This is also great to teach students how to summarize!

Please share any story developing ideas you have come across.

Healthy Kid Friendly Meal Ideas and Snacks


A summer goal of mine is once a week to come up with at least one new healthy meal or snack idea for kids. In discussions with other moms I have found some really neat ones and continue to look for more.  The first idea we started with this summer is loading up and taking off for the farm market. Including the children in shopping really got them excited about different vegetables they typically would not eat. Two new additions are green beans and they can never eat enough tomatoes. Do you have any fresh market recipes or quick snacks?

Check in and see what is coming up next. OR let me know if you have a great idea for healthy snacks kids will love.