The Best Non-Candy Snacks to Bring to a Classroom Party

by Justina Huddleston
Feb 8, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. ET
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Class parties are always a blast for kids. The regularly scheduled programming that is school gets switched up — classes are shortened, even canceled, so for a few blissful moments kids can feast with their friends. But these parties are usually candy-filled affairs, which can lead to some wacky, sugar-fueled behavior in the afternoon. Because children can't live on sugar alone and schools are increasingly requesting healthier snacks, parents may find themselves scrambling for some new class party ideas.

I've always found the best way to get children excited about snacktime is to get creative. Sometimes a whimsical presentation is all it takes to mix things up. Whether your kids have a sweet tooth or walk on the savory side of life, these non-candy snacks are a healthy but still super-fun way to satisfy their cravings.

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1 /10: Mini Apple-Cheddar Sandwiches

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1/10 :Mini Apple-Cheddar Sandwiches

Stack cheddar cheese between slices of red apple, and then use a round cookie cutter to make little sandwiches.

2 /10: Rainbow Fruit Parfaits

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2/10 :Rainbow Fruit Parfaits

Make rainbow fruit parfaits by layering strawberries, oranges, pineapple, green grapes, blueberries and blackberries in a clear cup.

3 /10: Apple Apple GoGo squeeZ Pouch

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3/10 :Apple Apple GoGo squeeZ Pouch

Kids can tell classmates they think they're great with an "A is For Awesomesauce!" cover on a pouch of GoGo squeeZ.

4 /10: Cute Clementines

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4/10 :Cute Clementines

Pair tiny clementines with a cute note or joke, like "Orange you glad it's Friday?"

5 /10: Homemade Red-and-White Snack Mix

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5/10 :Homemade Red-and-White Snack Mix

Place a mix of dried cherries and yogurt-covered raisins in individual cellophane bags for each student, and tie each one with a ribbon.

6 /10: Open-Faced Apple Sandwiches

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6/10 :Open-Faced Apple Sandwiches

Spread whole apple slices with nut butter, shredded coconut and raisins. They're like healthy cookies!

7 /10: Watermelon Hearts

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7/10 :Watermelon Hearts

Make cute pink hearts out of watermelon slices with a cookie cutter for a festive snack.

8 /10: Turkey-Cheese Rollups

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8/10 :Turkey-Cheese Rollups

Savory turkey and cheese rollups are made even more fun when held together by a pretzel stick instead of toothpick.

9 /10: Butterfly Snack Bags

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9/10 :Butterfly Snack Bags

Clip a plastic bag in the middle with a clothespin, and then fill one side with grapes and the other with goldfish crackers. 

10 /10: Fruit Kabobs

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10/10 :Fruit Kabobs

Make colorful fruit kabobs from strawberry, pineapple, grapes and kiwi. It's healthy and fun to look at!