Sandwiches are a fantastic first meals to show children to make on their very own within the kitchen.  Educating children to arrange their very own meals is as necessary as educating them life expertise like holding a finances and taking showers!

When children study to arrange meals, they study greater than how one can make a wholesome meal.

  • Their confidence grows, as they study to arrange various things.
  • It provides them a way of independence.
  • It teaches them to make wholesome decisions inside sure parameters.
  • It reinforces the supply of their meals, and that it doesn’t must “come from a field”.
  • It teaches them that it’s truly quicker to arrange their very own meal than it’s to undergo a drive by means of.

I’ve full confidence that when my children get to school, they gained’t must depend on merchandising machines for sustenance.  They’ve been making their very own meals, beginning with sandwiches since a minimum of 4 years outdated.

So, how will we educate them?  We give them decisions, and assist them study what scrumptious combos may embrace.

Step 1: Select a Grain

Step one in sandwich making is to decide on the car that may carry the insides.  This typically is a grain.  We perceive different issues can be utilized to wrap up the insides, like a lettuce depart, however then it actually isn’t a sandwich anymore.  So, for our functions right now, we’re leaving this to be a grain.  A few of our decisions for the grains embrace:

  • bread
  • pita pockets
  • bagels
  • English Muffins
  • French bread
  • Tortillas
  • Wraps
  • Rolls
  • Baguettes
  • Panini
  • Muffins (sure! even muffins. We’ve minimize one in half earlier than to be stuffed right here)

Step 2: Select a Unfold

A ramification could make the sandwich tasty and filling.   You possibly can select a selection that isn’t simply empty energy by selecting one with protein like

Step 3: Select a Veggie or Fruit

Your unfold goes to find out your fruit or veggie.  A nut butter unfold goes properly with fruit like

  • jam (we like no-sugar added like All-Fruit, or you can also make your personal! 
  • apple slices
  • banana slices
  • Raisins

A hummus, cheese unfold or condiment goes properly with veggies corresponding to

  • lettuce
  • cucumbers
  • spinach
  • sprouts
  • Peppers
  • Olives
  • Salsa
  • carrots
  • cabbage
  • Onions

Step 4: Select a Protein

  • Eggs
  • Deli Meat (with out sulfates or sulfites)
  • Tuna
  • Rooster
  • Hummus
  • Nut Butter

The chart under is printable!!  Click on to get it and put it on a pantry or cabinet door as a reminder!


So, are you prepared to show your children lose within the kitchen?  I promise this might be rewarding to look at them leap to the duty once you ask them to make their very own sandwiches!

Sandwich Concepts

Cheddar Apple Sandwich on Entire Wheat Bread

For this one we used cheddar cheese and apple slices! You may also grill it, however it isn’t mandatory!

Making My Own Sandwich {Kids in the Kitchen}

Peanut Butter and Strawberries

Scrumptious mixture of nut butter with fruit! Tremendous straightforward for the youngsters, they usually can study to make use of a knife right here to slice the tender strawberries.

Making My Own Sandwich {Kids in the Kitchen}

Turkey Avocado and Lettuce

Easy and scrumptious! We like turkey, avocado, and lettuce, with both condiments unfold or a selection of hummus or tender cheese like Laughing Cow Cheese.

Making My Own Sandwich {Kids in the Kitchen}

Toasted Egg and Bagel Sandwich

Don’t hesitate to incorporate eggs along with your sandwiches! They’re a fantastic supply of protein and goes so properly with tomatoes and avocado!

Making My Own Sandwich {Kids in the Kitchen}

Spinach Waffle Sandwich

I wished to incorporate this one, as a result of children like to make them, waffle sandwiches! This more healthy model of a grilled cheese was made in a waffle iron!  This can be a nice selection once you don’t have a panini maker, but additionally don’t wish to use the range but.

So, print the chart and put it in your fridge!  When you haven’t began already, begin right now and make sandwiches along with your children a couple of instances. Then, see what they will give you on their very own!

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Natalie Monson

I am a registered dietitian, mother of 4, avid lover of meals and powerful promoter of wholesome habits. Right here you’ll discover plenty of scrumptious recipes stuffed with fruits and veggies, ideas for getting your children to eat higher and turn out to be intuitive eaters and plenty of assets for feeding your loved ones.

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