Sensational snack times

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By Fe Luton

Ask any 4-year-old what the best bit of their morning was and many will tell you that it was snack time! While we as teachers may not reflect on it quite so fondly, it is certainly something of an old friend, a touchstone in the daily Early Years routine.

Unfortunately, however, this period of the morning is often seen as nothing more than an exercise in refuelling, when it could in fact be another opportunity to incorporate the EYFS curriculum. You may have, or need to have, a set snack time, or it may be part of your continuous provision with children ticking off their names as they snack. Either way, are you making the most of your snack-learning potential?

Snack time

Phonic fruit

On a basic level, with just a little creativity, you can easily provide fruit and veg with first letters covering the entire alphabet. You might also want to focus on final sounds as well as initial (or even middle); and why not challenge your children to contribute ideas, or even snacks they have brought in?

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