|Snack time is not just a time to feed children but also an important time for integrating thematic concepts, self-help skills, oral-motor skills, and conversation into the classroom. The snack area should be located near the sink and kitchen appliances for convenience in serving and cleaning up.
Snack time provides children with the opportunity to develop their self-help skills by preparing their own snack and to show consideration for other children while taking turns preparing the snack. In addition, preparing snacks in small groups helps children learn to work cooperatively.
Snack time is ideal for teaching children about nutrition, health, and certain mathematical concepts. For example, when children follow a recipe, they learn about sequencing and measurements. Snack time also can inspire children to be creative and use their imaginations; for example, for the Abiyoyo module, children can make marshmallow giants or decorate cookies with monster faces.
Preparing a snack also helps children's physical development. Stirring and measuring ingredients develops their fine motor skills and enhances their hand-eye coordination.