Playful Ideas for Snacks with Picky Toddlers

Do you have a picky eater? We share our playful ideas for snacks for toddlers and beyond!

Playful Ideas for Snacks with Picky Toddlers

If you’re anything like me, you have at least one, if not more, picky toddlers, at home. They turn their nose up and are onto your clever tricks to sneak in fruits and vegetables. Some days you give in and let them eat macaroni and cheese three days in a row just to get some food in those bellies.

As a mom to an (almost) four year old, I have been there. Heck, I’m still there. My daughter would eat ramen noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I would let her. She has quirky eating habits like LOVING sweet peas and drinking pickle juice. This same child, however, will not touch homemade spaghetti and passes it up for the canned Chef Boyardee alternative (she says because it doesn’t have that ‘weird chicken’).

I have been at a loss for ways to get her to have better eating habits that will stick with her into adulthood. Luckily, after much trial and error, I have found some snacks she loves and I want to pass them along to my frustrated mommas out there for their picky toddlers.

Here is a list of my five go-to picky toddler snacks –

Picky Toddler Snack Ingredients

  1. Popcorn!
  • Yes, that simple. Find the healthier alternatives like ones that list ‘low sodium’ or ‘low fat’. There are also brands that sell bags with Disney and Pixar characters shown on them. Want to make it a fun activity together? – show them how to make popcorn on the stove with the unpopped kernels. They can stand by at a safe distance and watch those kernels turn into a tasty snack. Grab some flavored spices and mix it up. You can make it sweet, sour, or salty.
  1. Apple ‘Cookies’
  • These are totally customizable! What you do is core an apple so that it is still whole but there are no longer seeds. (Note you can buy an apple corer at your local dollar store.) Once cored, slice the apples thinly so that you have multiple apple ‘rings’. After that, use your favorite nut butter as a spread (we use peanut because my daughter and I both could eat peanut butter by the spoon full!). Then, grab some toppings and make it as sweet or savory as you like. What I like to do for my picky toddlers (my two-year-old niece included) is put semi-sweet chocolate chips so that it tricks her into thinking she’s getting a sweet treat. Other options for toppings you may want to try can include; shaved coconut, granola, walnuts/almonds, or fruit. For a decadent treat, swap nut butter for chocolate hazelnut spread.

Apple ‘Cookies’

  1. Yogurt Popsicles
  • Grab your child’s favorite yogurt flavor from the grocery store and some Popsicle sticks. Sticks can be found at Walmart, Target, or your favorite craft stores. Use a knife to carefully cut a slit in the yogurt lid just big enough for the Popsicle stick. Insert the stick and place the yogurt cups in a container that will not allow the cups to tip over. Place the cups in the freezer and freeze until solid. Once solid, remove the lid and enjoy as often as you want!
  1. Turn that sandwich into a ‘sushi’ wrap
  • At my house, we turn your average PB&J into ‘sushi’. I accomplish this by using a whole wheat tortilla. I spread the peanut butter and jelly onto the tortilla and roll it up tightly. I let the roll sit in the freezer for just a few minutes to set. Once set, I slice into the roll so that there are round sushi looking slices. To add extra fun, I keep Chinese takeout chopsticks and give my daughter a pair to use. Not only is she having fun with her food, but she’s also working on her fine motor skills.

PB&J sushi wrap

  1. Ants on a log
  • Everyone remembers this snack. I think it was made for me when I was in Prime Time around the age of 6. To make this snack, you slice celery into small ‘logs’ about 2-3 inches long. You can then take your favorite nut butter or similar spread (for those with allergies) and smear on the celery so that it makes an adhesive surface. Once this is done, you add raisins to be the ants.


**I do not own any of these ideas or recipes. Snack options were gathered through Pinterest and websites geared for families. These ideas are all shared across so many websites that I could not give proper recognition but I am thankful for all the ideas out there**

Have more snack ideas for picky toddlers? Let me know!


About Jordan

New to blogging, I am a mommy of a four year old girl (in preschool). I have two fur babies; Sophie the Jack Russell and Trisha the Kitten. I'm from North Carolina and I've lived here my whole life. I spend my time practicing photography, taking trips, and doing crafts. I love fashion, natural products, food, and coffee. At any given time you can find me in the mountains of Gatlinburg Tenneessee or the beaches of Topsail Island in North Carolina.


  1. OMG! These ideas are fantastic! I will have to give a few of them a go this week! YUM!

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