I love a playdate. It’s the ultimate easy toddler-entertainment, don’t you think? You get a chance to chat with your mates and your kids get a chance to play and have fun. Whether it’s sharing the pain of soft-play in numbers, visiting a farm for a busy day out or just sitting on your own sofa at home – while toddlers run amok around you – there’s something wonderfully comforting about just hanging out with other like-minded parents while the children cement friendships of their own.
Ever since Effie was born we’ve done regular playdates with the group of mums who I met through my pregnancy yoga and aquanatal classes. All the babies were born within a month of each other, so they’ve shared every single birthday and milestone so far over the past three years. Playdates are hectic, loud, fun and full of chat. And you know what they’re also full of? FOOD.
Snacks are, for us, the key to a harmonious playdate. They avoid hangry dramas, give the children an opportunity to learn about sharing, and offer a welcome distraction when a potential playdate meltdown is on the horizon. But get the snack wrong and the whole playdate could go south very quickly. Sweets, chocolate, biscuits and cake may all sound like a good idea at the time, but have you ever seen five tired toddlers jacked up on sugar and E-numbers? Yeah, it’s not a pretty sight.
This is where the Goodies range from Organix saves me every time. The snacks are considered treats, but they’re not full of sugar and junk (hence – the “junk free” tag). They ward off a playdate drama and offer instant satisfaction without the side-effect of toddler sugar-crazy mayhem.
The gingerbread biscuits are a firm favourite in our house and they went down a storm at a third birthday party we went to at a local farm park at the weekend. One bag between all five of the children was enough to keep them going for an hour until our picnic lunch. And, because she’s never grown out of her love of Organix snacks (and she’s four years older than everyone else), Freya had her own bag all to herself…
If you’re after some more ideas for no junk playdate food then here are some brilliant tips from Organix. The pizza one is always a favourite in our house too. We’ve hosted pizza party playdates before where the kids decorate their own pizza bases (you can use tortilla wraps if you can’t be bothered to make your own dough) – a healthy snack or lunch idea PLUS a relatively easy form of entertainment for the kids too. Double win.
If I’m hosting a playdate at home then I tend to just lay out a selection of snacks on the table for the kids to help themselves to. This might be chopped up fruit, raisins, rice cakes or Organix biscuits. Whatever I offer them they’re always offered in little pots (what is it about toddlers and little pots? The food always seems to be more appealing to them!) and let the children grab a handful of whatever they want in between playing. I’ve learned from past mistakes that forcing children to sit still and eat a snack in the middle of a busy game often leads to an off-the-scale tantrum that’s no fun for anyone.
How do you negotiate snacks on a playdate? Have you got any tried and tested ideas for healthy and easy snacks to offer a troupe of hungry children? Share them below – I’m always after new inspiration!
Thanks to Organix for working with me on this post. I’m an ambassador for the brand as part of the #NoJunkJourney campaign. To find out more about ways I work with brands check out my Work With Me page here. To see other posts in the Organix No Junk series click on the titles below:
Snack saviours and a little confession
The secret ingredients to the perfect family picnic
Healthy party food and a toddler tea party
The reality of cooking with kids
Breadsticks seem to be our standby, I have to be honest, but Organix too – the rice cakes were in every pram back when Pip was a baby in North London.
Snacks are king, aren’t they?! I always wonder what on earth we’d do without them!!
I’d be up the proverbial creek on many an occasion!
Katie Albury says
Oh the Organix range is just brilliant! We need to have a good food revamp as we’ve been so disorganized lately. I’ve pinned to food ideas as I really need our toddler to lay off the bic bics and eat more healthily!
Hard isn’t it?! There are so many good treats in the Organix range – definitely recommend them. x
I love the goodies range – they are just the perfect snacks for on the go that you don’t have to feel guilty about – both my kids love them (I also really like the gingerbread, don’t tell anyone 🙂 but yes love their range and so glad something like this is in all the big stores making it easy to get it
The gingerbread men are my guilty secret too!
Slummy single mummy says
For me, snacks make for a harmonious DAY, full stop!
This is true – me too!
Emily Nellist says
Organix are great aren’t they? They’re definitely a play date winner as you just don’t know whether the other parents want them to have all of the sugar. I’ve found they work well to take in as a birthday treat for nursery / school to give out to others too.
That’s so true – you can’t go wrong with Organix!
Jen Walshaw says
I love healthy snacks for kids as there is nothing worse than Hangry kids. I wish that they did some that were tween/teen friendly. So more grown up packing (they are fine with them if I decant)!
Have you tried the Organix Punk’d range? Freya loves those too and they’re No Junk snacks for older kids with more grown-up packaging! x
Jade - Raising the Rings says
My boys loved Organix when they were a bit younger! The carrot sticks were their favourites and you can’t beat a good play date! x
My girls still love the carrot sticks – even my 7yo!
Pippa Vincent says
My kids have always loved the little carrot cake oat bars- it’s nice to be able to buy something convenient and know it’s not stuffed full of sugar!
Oh yes we love play dates! They’re so much easier to entertain when they’ve got their mates to play with ! Organix were a firm feature on our shopping list when the kids were younger too x
Claire at Tin Box Traveller says
We love Organix snacks for our days out. My girls love the sweetcorn rings, or ’round crisps’ as they call them! 🙂