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Make-ahead snacks for play dates

Elaina is a Phoenix-based freelance writer, blogger and co-founder of the Kidlee baby book app. Check out her blog, Fun Finds For Mom, for product reviews, recipes and fun activities for moms and kids.

10 make-ahead play date snacks

Hosting a play date? Make these snacks ahead of time so you can focus on the kids (or chill out with the moms) when your guests arrive!
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Muffin tin snacks

Muffin tin snacks

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Experts recommend serving a variety of fun and interesting foods to help expand kids' palates. We recommend getting crazy creative with muffin tin snacks. Cereal? You bet. Chocolate chips? Heck yeah. Leftover chicken nuggets? Go for it. Set out the smorgasbord and let the little ones dig in.

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Fruit rainbow

Fruit rainbow

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You may have heard the expression "Eat the rainbow" (eating fruits and vegetables in every color of the rainbow) but what if you literally served a rainbow? This rainbow fruit plate can be made ahead of time and unveiled when the kids are ready to take a break from the action.

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Snack station

Snack station

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Snack stations are great for play days and for every day! Designate a snack bin filled with healthy snacks and let kids help themselves.

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Kids' drink station

Kids drink station

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In preparation for your guests, fill a plastic tub with ice and toss in juice and water bottles. Invite thirsty kiddos to grab a cold one.

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Sweet and salty snack mix

Sweet and salty snack mix

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Popcorn, pretzels, nuts and chocolate candy are all you need to create an epic snack mix to please even the pickiest of play date mates.

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Fruit and cream cheese graham cracker snacks

Fruit and cream cheese graham cracker snacks

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Before the little munchkins wreak havoc on your home, take a moment to relax and breathe deeply while you spread cream cheese on graham crackers and top with assorted berries. Pop in the refrigerator and relax. Snacks are made. Bring on the chaos.

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Muffins

Muffins

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Get out the baking supplies and bake a batch of crowd-pleasing banana chocolate chip muffins. On second thought, bake two or three batches and put the extras in the freezer for breakfasts and lunches all week long.

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Yogurt, peanut butter, honey and cinnamon dip

8 Yogurt, peanut butter, honey and cinnamon dip

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Peanut butter, yogurt, honey and cinnamon — otherwise known as "snack crack" — can be a little hard to walk away from. Serve with sliced apples and hope the kids love it as much as you do.

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Soft pretzel bites

Soft pretzel bites

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If your mouth isn't watering just looking at these pretzel bites, go ahead and wipe the kids' fingerprints off your screen. Make your pretzel dough the day before the play date and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight. Take the dough out the morning of the play date, let sit for 30 minutes, then boil and bake.

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Cheese, crackers and fruit

Cheese, crackers and fruit

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So simple, yet always a winner, good old cheese and crackers are easy to prepare ahead of time and always get gobbled up immediately. Up the nutrition by adding sliced apples and berries.

This post was sponsored by Mott's.

Quick tip

Watching your waistline? Try these 20 healthy make-ahead snacks and stay on track with your diet!

More fun and healthy snack ideas:

Appropriate play date snacks
Snacks kids don't know are healthy
Tips for prepping the lunchbox the night before

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