IKEA |left|, WalMart |right|
I was motivated by an approaching Morning preschool schedule to create a Breakfast Bar for my 4-year-old Leap.
Hubby and I help the boys with cereal. I don't mind minimizing milk spills on a carpeted kitchen floor. Who carpets a kitchen floor?! No one with toddlers, I say. Admittedly, I'd opt for a milk spill over yogurt spill.
For perishables, I dedicated a pair of refrigerator door bins to Leap's Breakfast Bar. I prepare his bar once for the week, and refill it as needed. I find that washing/slicing fruit and veggies as soon as I get them home makes it quick and easy.
It would appear the current value of a cheese stick is two Duplos!
Tai Pan Trading |under $2 each|
Leap can reach, handle, and open everything here which is exciting for him! Take your preschooler with you to find containers he/she can easily and safely hold and open. I love these glass jars from Tai Pan Trading. I love that the plastic lids come off, and that I can put the glass jar in the dishwasher. If our glass containers have you feeling unsettled, rest assured glass wasn't a concern for us on account of our fabulous brown carpet!
As a preschooler, he won't eat lunch at school. But, I'm hoping his self-serve Breakfast bar continues to be a great opportunity to
• eat [healthy] when he's hungry
• choose, and combine his meal
• exercise a bit of independence
• learn about balance and moderation
The shopping list
Dairy | Protein bin
• Organic whole milk yogurt
• Low-fat yogurt
• Organic lowfat strawberry milk
• Cheddar cheese sticks
• Hard-boiled eggs
Fruit | Veggie bin
• Strawberries, sliced
• 100% apple juice
What would you add to our breakfast bar?