Kid Snacks: Teach Portion Control And Independence with Ball Brand Platic

When I read about how Asha over at Parent Hacks used snack sized plastic bags and Ball Brand Plastic Freezer Jars to put together smaller portion sized snacks for her kids, I knew I had to share it with you, my readers.

What I love about this idea, is not only the multitude of uses for the plastic jars (everything from petite smoothies and fruit parfaits to trail mix and dry cereal) is that it's a great way to, as Asha writes, teach portion control and independence. To read more about how Asha implemented this idea, be sure to visit Parent Hacks.

Above is what we did.
(red licorice bites, tangerine pieces, pudding/cupcake parfait with sprinkles, pretzel snack mix)

You spend a little extra time up, front putting the snacks together (kids can help too). However, it makes the snack time woes of "Mommmeeeeee, I'm huuuuunnnngryy..." easier to bear.

Is it me, or do the Ball Freezer Jars look mysteriously like Avent breastmilk storage containers?

Also, Ball Brand Plastic Freezer Jars are BPA free, diswasher safe, stackable and lock together for very tidy storage. Plus, they store in the fridge for 3 months and the freezer for a whole year!


  1. Thanks for sharing! I gave you the Lemonade Stand Award over on my blog! I love looking at all the muffin tin pictures!



  2. LMSO! I was scrolling, thinking they wer breast milk containers! I saved those things for SO long because they were such a good size for leftovers and traveling snacks, haha! And I hate to part with still-useful things ;)

  3. Thanks for sharing!! These containers look awesome, and Ball is usually great quality. :)

  4. Wow what a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  5. I had that exact thought about the avent containers.

  6. elizabeth, it's is uncanny how similar they look!

    another bonus...the lids all lock together for easy storage when not in use!

  7. I love the idea of having the snacks all together so when they are hungry they can get them. This way you aren't constantly making snacks.
    Love it.

  8. Leave it to Asha of parenthacks.com to come up with such a great idea!

  9. Thanks - cute idea! I am so excited. I bought silicone muffin tins @ Target in the $1.00 area for $2.50 each! I bought a turqoise one & a red one w/ hearts! I will use them & post them on my blog over the weekend! If you McKlinky Monday I will add them to it. :)

  10. What a fabulous idea! I'll have to look for those containers!

  11. great idea and yes they do look like those breast milk containers... yeah I have both. *L*

    I love the idea of pre-doing up snacks like that.