Setting Up Your Child’s Food Cupboard/Drawer/Shelf

There are many items that you can put into the cupboards and drawers that I mentioned before, depending on the age of the child.

Young Children (Snacks and breakfasts):

  • Cereal can be divided into plastic baggies/containers with lids.
  • Crackers and peanut butter can also be divided up into servings.
  • So can trail mix.
  • Granola bars can be put the drawer as well.
  • Fresh fruits can go into a bowl in a deep drawer.
  • In the refrigerator, keep yogurts on hand, as well as servings of cut up vegetables. You will also want to pour juice and or milk into pourable containers that are easy for them to handle.
  • Be sure to have bowls, spoons and cups in the drawer as well.

Older Children (After school snacks):

  • On their shelf in the refrigerator they should have milk, juice and other cold beverages, yogurts, string cheese, jelly, and cut up vegetables and dressing.
  • For cooking in the microwave, consider canned pastas, canned soups and Easy Mac.
  • You should also provide homemade muffins, crackers, peanut butter, bread, trail mix and granola bars.

For Teens (Able to us microwave, stove and oven):

  • For microwave cooking: Popcorn, Easy Mac, canned pasta.
  • For stove top: Pasta and sauce, rice and canned veggies.
  • For oven use: Muffin and other snack mixes, cooking oil
  • In the refrigerator: Drinks, yogurt, sandwich fixings, cut up veggies, eggs for baking.
  • Sandwich fixings, chips, granola bars, trail mix, fresh fruits.

You can see the progression here. As children get older, they earn the privileges of using appliances, and they can handle food preparation more easily.


PS: If you have any ideas for the food cupboards, shelves and drawers, please share them by leaving a comment.

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