Printable list of after school snack ideas for kids

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

This post is sponsored by Maggi

By the time kids get home from school it has likely been several hours since they have last eaten lunch, or if you have a child like one of mine, they eat most of their lunch at morning tea so they can play sport at lunch. So by the time the kids get home they are ravenous. Now my kids are older and more independent they prepare their own after school snacks, most of the time (some days I just can’t help myself).  I’ve noticed my kids typically eat what tastes good and what’s within reach so I make sure I have nutritious and healthy options available to boost their energy and mood.  I’ve put together a printable list of After School Snack Ideas for you to put on your fridge or back of your pantry door to help you plan ahead to fill the fridge and pantry, ready to feed your hungry kids. And… this after-school snack idea printable is handy for those times they will say “Mum there is nothing to eat”, then get them to check the list and make up an easy snack.

Printable list of After School Snack Ideas for you to put on your fridge or back of your pantry door to help you plan ahead to fill the fridge and pantry, ready to feed your hungry kids.

Kids need to eat healthy snacks to refuel after a very long day. It’s ideal for a nutritionally balanced after school snack for kids to contain a serve of protein and wholegrain carbohydrate, giving them the energy to continue through the afternoon with homework, after school activities and to keep them satisfied until dinner time.

Aside from the homebaked goodies that I make my family and I have listed below other Healthy After School Snack Ideas that my tweens and teens prepare themselves.


When my kids look for something to snack on they firstly check the fridge and see what left overs there are from dinner the night before. I keep all left overs even if there is the smallest amount as the kids can add it to noodles, place on toast, make an omelette, top a tortilla to create a pizza… the list is endless when it comes to left overs. I typically make double batches of most dinners now to ensure there is enough to feed my growing kids or have for lunch the next day or the kids eat as an after school snack. My daughter added MAGGI 2 minute noodles to left over stir fry to create a decent sized portion.

Printable list of After School Snack Ideas for you to put on your fridge or back of your pantry door to help you plan ahead to fill the fridge and pantry, ready to feed your hungry kids.


Frozen fruit makes for a refreshing after school treat on a hot day and as it’s an easy finger food snack options my kids enjoy having it next to them while they are doing their homework.  Wash fresh fruit and place in a single layer on a baking tray and put in the freezer overnight. Remove from tray and store in an airtight container or zip lock bag. By freezing them separately it’s easier to take the few pieces needed from the container, if you were to place them in the container to freeze it would freeze as a clump and make it hard to remove individual portions. My kids love to freeze:

  • Grapes
  • Oranges
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Banana
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

Printable list of After School Snack Ideas for you to put on your fridge or back of your pantry door to help you plan ahead to fill the fridge and pantry, ready to feed your hungry kids.


I keep a range of different cracker options in my pantry. There are many different healthy ideas and choices on what to put on top of a cracker, here are just a few:

  • vegemite and cheese
  • cream cheese and tomato
  • cream cheese and tuna
  • cream cheese and strawberries
  • peanut butter and banana
  • tuna and cucumber
  • vegemite and cheese
  • cheese, tomato and avocado
  • cheese and tomato
  • avocado and ham
  • avocado, tomato and fetta
  • egg and ham
  • mashed banana
  • ricotta, grated carrot and sultanas

Printable list of After School Snack Ideas for you to put on your fridge or back of your pantry door to help you plan ahead to fill the fridge and pantry, ready to feed your hungry kids.


My kids have been making MAGGI 2 minute noodles independently for many years now, it is one of their go-to after-school snacks.  Now available with invisible wholegrain, MAGGI 2 Minute Noodles with Wholegrain still taste the same and have the highest health star rating in the MAGGI noodle range.

Eat the 2 minute noodles as is or as my kids do add some protein and vegetables to make a healthy and tasty afternoon snack. I shared these 5 quick ways to jazz up 2-minute noodles last week:

  • 2 minute carbonara
  • bolognese noodles
  • noodle omelette
  • salmon noodle fritters
  • DIY Chicken and Vegetable Noodle Cups

Printable list of After School Snack Ideas for you to put on your fridge or back of your pantry door to help you plan ahead to fill the fridge and pantry, ready to feed your hungry kids.


My girls would take the time to cut up vegetable sticks, but my son wouldn’t.  So if you do find your child is ‘lazy’ in this respect you could slice up some sticks and keep them the fridge to make them a more convenient snack.  My kids like to dip their sticks into hummus or greek yoghurt. Vegetables that are good to make into sticks:

  • Capsicum
  • Celery
  • Carrot
  • Snow peas
  • Cucumber

Printable list of After School Snack Ideas for you to put on your fridge or back of your pantry door to help you plan ahead to fill the fridge and pantry, ready to feed your hungry kids.


Smoothies make for healthy refreshing drink after a long hot day.  This is a great quick recipe, simply add 1-2 pieces of fruit, 1 cup milk, 1/2 cup vanilla yoghurt, 1 tablespoon honey and handful of ice into a blender and blitz.  Pour into a glass and serve!

  • Pineapple + Peach
  • Blueberry + Blackberry
  • Raspberry + Banana
  • Orange + Carrot
  • Banana + Peach

Printable list of After School Snack Ideas for you to put on your fridge or back of your pantry door to help you plan ahead to fill the fridge and pantry, ready to feed your hungry kids.


  • Popcorn
  • Granola, fruit and yoghurt
  • Roasted Chickpeas
  • Guacamole and tortilla/corn chips
  • Diced cheese
  • Boiled Egg
  • Nuts and dried fruit


Keep this list handy to use as a reference when creating your weekly shopping list, to help ensure you have some after school snacks ready for the kids to help themselves after school.  And as I mentioned above the kids can use it to help identify what they can make themselves.  I’ve also created recipe cards for the 5 Quick Ways to Jazz up 2 Minute Noodles for the kids to have as a handy.

Keep this list handy to use as a reference when creating your weekly shopping list, to help ensure you have some after school snacks ready for the kids to help themselves after school.  And as I mentioned above the kids can use it to help identify what they can make themselves.  I've also created recipe cards for the 5 Quick Ways to Jazz up 2 Minute Noodles for the kids to have as a handy.

I use labels throughout my entire house, you can find them in my bathroom, kitchen, garage, laundry and even in my fridge… wherever you look really. Labels give instant organised gratification.


This giveaway is now closed! Thank you to all who entered. Congratulations to Aimee, Thanks to MAGGI Wholegrain 2 minute Noodles you have won a $150 Woolworths gift card.

Printable list of After School Snack Ideas for you to put on your fridge or back of your pantry door to help you plan ahead to fill the fridge and pantry, ready to feed your hungry kids.


Share in the comments below, what is your kids’ favourite after-school snack? 

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Jodie Kelly February 8, 2018 - 5:19 AM

In summer my kids love an ice block and at the moment their favourite is a Calippo.

dione February 21, 2018 - 12:34 PM

my daughter has started “need to feed” at her high school and she now eats scones and muffins (including vegetables ones) that she has made which is awesome, some also loves her noodles so she will like the new ideas you have given us

dione February 21, 2018 - 12:35 PM

sorry i didn’t know how to leave a reply on the page so i have replied to the above in error, sorry no good with these blogs lol

Melissa February 21, 2018 - 1:40 PM

My 3 boys will snack on what ever is left in the fridge or cupborad. Having 3 growing boys food doesn’t last long in my house!!

Ange February 8, 2018 - 5:24 AM

During Summer, my kids love to have a fruit yoghurt smoothie to cool down after a hot day at school. But during the cooler months, some homemade soup with lots of veggies and broth warm them up is our popular choice.

Natalie Vassallo February 8, 2018 - 5:48 AM

Grapes! My kids love them!

Heather February 8, 2018 - 5:49 AM

Good ideas thanks

Jocelyn miguel February 8, 2018 - 5:50 AM

My son loves having yoghurt after school and his favorite orange. He always asks for them.

Emily February 8, 2018 - 6:07 AM

We have been making “slushies”. Watermelon, frozen mixed berries in equal parts and then some apple black currant juice to thin it out if it needs ( or ice cubes to thicken it up). Mix all in the blender. So refreshing

Rebecca Henderson February 8, 2018 - 6:13 AM

Carrot sticks and dip are always a hit in our household.

Debbie Lee February 8, 2018 - 6:16 AM

My kids love 2 minute noodles for after school snacks as well as the usual home baked biscuits and cakes that are frowned upon at School.

Heather February 8, 2018 - 6:52 AM

My little boy is only 4 so his after school snack changes every day but his favourite would be in his words one of mummy’s best milkshakes.

Melissa February 8, 2018 - 6:57 AM

My teenage boys love nachos. We use a Tin of baked beans, a jar of salsa and grated cheese all over the corn chips. Then under the grill! ???

Jen February 8, 2018 - 7:01 AM

My fussy girls loves my cheese & biscuits. One always ends up with more cheese or more biscuits so they end up trading.

Suzie February 8, 2018 - 7:01 AM

Unfortunately my kids always want the chocolates or biscuits that they miraculously sniff out of hiding! So these ideas are fantastic Kat. Thanks.

Aimee Barwick February 8, 2018 - 7:20 AM

Their favourite afternoon snack is chocolate! They are kids afterall! So I give them a banana smoothie with cinnamon instead!

Marilyn K. February 8, 2018 - 7:21 AM

My children LOVE frozen mixed diced veggies as a quick and nutritious snack! They can’t get enough! ?

Suzanne Weston February 8, 2018 - 7:31 AM

My daughter loves having an Anzac slice that I make and yoghurt.

Michelle February 8, 2018 - 7:33 AM

My kids love anything fruit or they love to eat 2 minute noodles. If I get the time I also make sushi to snack on and it lasts a few days too

John February 8, 2018 - 7:43 AM

My 7 year old son loves fruit. We use a cookie cutter made from shapes, such as stars and diamonds, then we cut out watermelon, rock melon and apples, he loves them!! 🙂 We also mix in seasonal grapes and cherries for variety.

Sharon Ramsden February 8, 2018 - 7:51 AM

fruit salad and some crackers, peanut butter sandwich, two minute noodles, carbs seem to be craved at this time of day.

Melisssa A February 8, 2018 - 7:59 AM

Lately our after school snacks have been hot cross buns, smoothies and if I’ve been really organised homemade jelly and fruit cups

Laura February 8, 2018 - 8:20 AM

My kids love the chipolata size pork sausages from Woolworths. I have them in the fridge and they place it on the bread, top with a dash of sauce and grated cheese and microwave for a bit. Instant snack size hotdog!

Michelle February 8, 2018 - 8:44 AM

Garlic Bread with spagetti left overs blended and scraped over like a find patte!

Mary Preston February 8, 2018 - 9:04 AM

My daughter always want a peanut butter sandwich and/or a hard boiled egg. Mostly because we can no longer pop them into her lunch box.

Chloe G February 8, 2018 - 9:20 AM

My boy loves a kids version of a antipasto platter. Salami, polony, cheese, crackers and some cut up apple. Finished off with a freshly made berry smoothie. Yummy.

Erin February 8, 2018 - 9:27 AM

My boys love savvoy crackers with vegemite. Their favourite part is squishing the crackers together to get vegemite worms.

Ellen February 8, 2018 - 10:11 AM

Home made cucumber tzatziki with fruit and vegetable sticks for dipping.

Kirsty Stewart February 8, 2018 - 10:35 AM

My kids favourite school snack is frozen banana chuncks that have been dipped in dark chocolate taste just like choc banana ice cream

Amanda February 8, 2018 - 10:35 AM

Frozen grapes in the summer or veggies sticks and beetroot hummus. In the winter they love love cupasoups!!!

Carly February 8, 2018 - 10:39 AM

Smoothies! They love them, I make them with frozen fruit and coconut water and they turn out like a slurpee.

Lauren Beck February 8, 2018 - 10:56 AM

My girls love going out to the garden and picking fresh fruit and veg. At the moment cherry tomatoes from the vine are the favorite

Ellen Bryant February 8, 2018 - 11:14 AM

My little one likes bliss balls I make using dates, almonds, cacoa, flaxseeds, honey and buckwheat. The trouble is getting him to stop so he doesn’t fill up before dinner! Thanks for the great ideas good for after work snacks too.

Rebecca stebbins February 8, 2018 - 11:55 AM

My 7 year old son loves fruit especially watermelon or rice cakes with different toppings. When it’s hot I freeze smoothies into icy poles and he loves them

Asenath Lynch February 8, 2018 - 12:08 PM

my daughter isnt at school yet but her go to snack is a tasting plate of ham, cherry tomatoes, cheese, grapes, sultanas and sakata crackers!! Every time she gets this she gobbles it right up

Yvette February 8, 2018 - 12:48 PM

My daughter has discovered jam and cream on bread. It was one of my favourite after school snacks when I was little.

Pranothi February 8, 2018 - 1:27 PM

Rice crackers, cupcakes

Faith February 8, 2018 - 1:36 PM

My boys love everything, especially banana and peanut butter sandwiches, youghurt with fruit, fruit, cheese and crackers… really, anything they get.

Cindy February 8, 2018 - 1:47 PM

My Kids Love Yogurt Pots for Afternoon Tea, especially on Summer Afternoons!

Alison February 8, 2018 - 2:43 PM

Some of my girls favorites are slices of apple spread with peanut butter and some choc chips on top, corn thins with peanut butter and home made fruit juice icy poles. Thanks for the other suggestions!

Adela February 8, 2018 - 2:50 PM

In summer anything cold..a slurpee, chocolate custard, ice blocks. In winter crackers, cheese, cup a soup.

Jo Kilburn February 8, 2018 - 2:59 PM

My boys love snacking on crispy packets of 2 minute noodles, the dogs love being able to clean up the crumbs off the floor afterwards.

Suzi P February 8, 2018 - 3:00 PM

Fruit plate, corn cakes with peanut butter and banana, Yoghurt with smashed up fruit inside (I can definitely tell when they have made this as there is yogurt and fruit pieces ALL OVER The kitchen!)

Aimee N February 8, 2018 - 3:26 PM

I make a DIY trail mix in big batches and store in the pantry, within easy reach of the kids. I include mini marshmallows, smarties, tiny teddies, dried banana, sultanas, yogurt covered cranberries (or similar), unsalted nuts, mini pretzels, and a cereal type (generally nutrigrain, sultana bran buds, crispix etc). Kids (Mr11 and Mr9) get home from school and grab a plate, run to the pantry and grab a BIG handful of trail mix to have with a Milo or similar. They love it, and it is at the ready whenever they want it. Happy kids, happy Mum ?

Susan Beauchamp February 8, 2018 - 3:29 PM

My 14 year old son likes any food he can get his hands on. His favourite would have to be a cheese and bacon roll lightly warmed up in the microwave

Michelle February 8, 2018 - 5:13 PM

My kids love noodles and peas ( sometimes frozen sometimes defrosted) ! Go figure. Watermelon and grapes are a big hit and lately smoothies of all varieties.

Cath Mckenna February 8, 2018 - 6:55 PM

They love a banana milkshake, crackers and hommus dip.

Laura Scriven February 8, 2018 - 7:38 PM

We always do the avocado, tomato and fetta crackers too,
But with some dukkah on top – it’s a must do!

Julia Todd February 8, 2018 - 7:50 PM

My eldest son (7yo) can’t go past Nutella on bread to satisfy those after school hunger pains!

Michelle February 8, 2018 - 7:54 PM

Cheese, tomato on crackers

Andrea February 8, 2018 - 8:12 PM

Our family is dairy free due to intolerances which makes things tricky sometimes. But my kids LOVE dukkah flavoured hummus and crackers/carrot sticks or a heated up hot cross bun. Mmmmmmm………

Melissa February 8, 2018 - 9:25 PM

My girls love smashed avocado and goats cheese on a cruskit ??

Kate February 8, 2018 - 9:42 PM

My Kids have smoothies out of the thermo mix every single day. They get to choose whether or not the want there ice cream for after dinner or after school in there smoothie. Surprisingly they want it in there smoothie they say that it taste creamier. So if you have never tried this you really need to try this ASAP. It is great

Michelle February 8, 2018 - 10:31 PM

My children love sushi , cheese and biscuits or sausage rolls. Basically anything that is quick on the way to afterschool sporting activities

Peta Shepherd February 8, 2018 - 11:57 PM

A fruit platter; seasonal fruit and a lovely yoghurt dip

Naysie February 9, 2018 - 5:44 AM

Summer minw love frozen grapes, or I make our own ice blocks from leftovers smoothies/juices or flavoured coconut water in those reusable moulds.
Other than that they love your cinnamon scrolls fresh out of the oven, milo thickshakes or acai bowls wizzed up in thermomix or just any fruit or somw cheese and crackers.

Amanda February 9, 2018 - 4:45 PM

My girls quite like corn chips and salsa after school. I also have a zoku and the like an icy pole that way.

Danielle February 9, 2018 - 5:41 PM

My daughter likes corn chips with melted cheese, and my son, usually what’s left in his lunchbox, little ratbag is too busy to eat. ??

Miranda Kronenbeeg February 9, 2018 - 7:39 PM

My kids favourite thing to eat after school Is some Brie, quince paste and biscuits (with some grapes on the side).

Natalie Hollis February 9, 2018 - 7:44 PM

In the summer my kids love homemade iceblocks!
My daughter’s favourite is frozen yoghurt with peach pieces mixed through.
Her lactose intollerant brother prefers frozen coconut water with watermellon and chopped strawberries.

Chandini February 9, 2018 - 8:16 PM

Homemade smoothies in the Kmart silicone ice block things. I have a smoothie most days for lunch. So I make a double batch and freeze two popsicle worth from each smoothie so the feeezer is always stocked up for them. It’s filling too and they don’t ask for a second!

Tiarna February 9, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Nice cold watermelon ??

Kara February 9, 2018 - 8:22 PM

We love a mezze platter after school….cheese, dip, vege sticks, ham, salami, olives, crackers etc.

Sue February 9, 2018 - 8:23 PM

My kids love home made pikelets with my home made strawberry jam after school

Laura Lumby February 9, 2018 - 10:23 PM

Me kids after school snack are currently green apples. And not just one! This last week they ate 26!!! And my kids are only 2 and 4! What are they going to be like as teenagers ???

Emma S February 9, 2018 - 10:27 PM

My son loves popcorn but on a hot day, an ice block can’t be beat! Lately we’ve been going for hydralyte ones to give him a boost after a big day!

Melissa O'Loughlin February 10, 2018 - 8:53 AM

The quickest and easiest thing they can find… Usually yogurt. Not allowed to toast/cook until a parent arrives home?

Leeanne February 10, 2018 - 2:43 PM

I recently got a pie maker, they love it! Left over everything goes in it and put in the fridge. They eat them cold after school.

Emma Hawke February 10, 2018 - 4:56 PM

My favourite afternoon tea for the kids is rice crackers, hommus, cheese and tomato. Plus fruit. THEIR favourite afternoon tea would be pizza, soft drink and chocolate!

Bridget February 10, 2018 - 8:25 PM

My preppie loves toast every day!!!!
The toddlers love fruit made into the shape of a caterpillar.

Elizabeth Wilson February 10, 2018 - 8:29 PM

My kids love homemade banana muffins after school…and if they’re really lucky I put chocolate chips in them. Yum!

Claire Hopkinson February 10, 2018 - 10:01 PM

Cottage cheese on rice cakes with avocado and tomato

Casandra February 11, 2018 - 8:40 AM

My kids love yoghurt over fresh fruit with homemade toasted muesli on top!

Rubi Merchant February 11, 2018 - 12:15 PM

Cucumbers and cherry tomatoes. My kids love them.

Svenja Spitzner-Lewis February 11, 2018 - 12:37 PM

My children enjoy a buffett of cut up veg and fruit with dips and dukkah.A winner every time:) They also devour mini scrolls with hidden veg or vewith vegemite and cheese!

Krystle Lanser February 11, 2018 - 11:10 PM

My Kids absolutely love fairy bread. It has been a favourite in our house for many years. My son sometimes likes to mix his up and has Nutella with sprinkles or strawberry jam and sprinkles ?

Inca Lyons-Guthrie February 12, 2018 - 6:53 PM

I have discovered I have quite the talent for making hommus! My kids CANNOT get enough! Add some veggie sticks and I’m the worlds best mother! Winning!

Maree February 13, 2018 - 1:35 PM

In summer my daughter loves frozen fruit and vegetable sticks and dips and in winter she loves to have soup and noodels

Kim February 14, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Would have to be Carrot & celery sticks with hommus – they are both hommus obsessed at the moment!

Sarah F February 14, 2018 - 5:52 PM

My children all love toasted sandwiches after school, which does work out well on nights when we have sports training (which is most nights!) as it tides them over to have dinner after training.

Monica Hunter February 19, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Fresh strawberries and banana blended with milk are my kids go to snack after school. They are 4 and 7 years old so will be getting this printable up on the fridge to get some variety!

Paula Morgan February 21, 2018 - 10:10 AM

Homemade Homous and peanut butter with celery work at our place

Sandra February 21, 2018 - 10:12 AM

My kids are the hardest kids to make lunch for, they don’t eat sandwiches!! So they would have things like hot cross buns, paratha bread, noodles, focaccia bread home made 🙂 fruit, popcorn, sweet muffins .

Halie February 21, 2018 - 10:12 AM

I purée all our “older” fruit and freeze it all mixed together for ice blocks. If I need it to go further I add yoghurt – kids love them so much I can’t keep up

ellen February 21, 2018 - 10:14 AM

We have started fruit smoothies this year which they are loving.

Kate February 21, 2018 - 10:20 AM

They love yogurt

Tracy Greer February 21, 2018 - 10:21 AM

Home made chocolate milkshakes are always a favourite in our household. Even their friends enjoy them when they come over for a play date. Simply delicious!

Diane February 21, 2018 - 10:21 AM

My sons says can I eat anything I can find? The answer is yes as long as it’s heskthy. this challenges him to think about his choices and be a bit more independent.

Rebecca February 21, 2018 - 10:23 AM

In this hot weather my daughter loves ice blocks. I use all the leftover fruit (you know those apples that only have a few bites taken out of them) along with whatever other fruit I have in the fridge

Michelle February 21, 2018 - 10:23 AM

My 10 year old loves dip and carrot ticks with crackers and nice cold watermelon as well.

Cathie February 21, 2018 - 10:24 AM

My son’s favourite afternoon snack is no word of a lie, 2 minute noodles. Typically drowned in BBQ sauce. on the odd occasion when he is trying to keep me on my toes, he will instead have a banana. But his love of noodles is absolute.

Sarah Mcmillan February 21, 2018 - 10:24 AM

It’s normally peanut butter on toast, since they can’t have it at school.
Thanks for the ideas

Naomi Jaremczuk February 21, 2018 - 10:26 AM

My kids favourite snack is home made gluten free banana bread made by my son. He loves to bake and has altered the recipe all by himself by adding a topping of cinnamon and raw sugar sprinkled over the mixture before putting it in the oven. It creates a lovely crunchy crust. Perfect with a cuppa – made by my daughter!

kristy February 21, 2018 - 10:27 AM

My kids love fruit platters and veggie sticks with dips 🙂

Rebecca Romeril February 21, 2018 - 10:27 AM

My 5 kids love any type of fruit after school especially watermelon cut in to fun shapes!! It gives them the little boost they need to get through to bedtime after a big day at school.

Michelle February 21, 2018 - 10:29 AM

My girls love cheese & crackers and fresh fruit for their after school snack.

Vicki February 21, 2018 - 10:31 AM

My sons favourite is Baked beans! Who doesn’t love baked beans! In bowl straight in the microwave, rain, shine or heat wave! My daughter loves noodles as her option, but she drains off the water/soup, adds flavour sachet and a drop off butter. The new wholemeal will be a great away to healthy it up abit! Love the noodle recipe suggestions! I love carbonara, so cant wait to try that one and the fritters, never thought of that! Now i’m hungry and its not lunch time yet!

Colleen Lynch February 21, 2018 - 10:32 AM

Homemade blueberry muffins are always the favourite for after school snack here.

Amanda February 21, 2018 - 10:33 AM

Watermelon and strawberry milkshakes are my sons favorite after school snacks.

Nic February 21, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Milkshakes, smoothies, homemade slice and toast are favourites with my girls! Thanks for all the great ideas. Our afternoon snacks need a shake up!!!

Caroline February 21, 2018 - 10:34 AM

My teenage daughter is into Acai Bowls at the moment. I buy the frozen acai and then she blends with bananas and whatever we have and adds oats and granola and honey. Yummy .

Anna Petts February 21, 2018 - 10:34 AM

Definitely some lovely popcorn!

Bek February 21, 2018 - 10:35 AM

My girls love a fruit platter (although the youngest prefers a fruit platter without fruit) add whatever fruit I’ve got, vege sticks, some dry biscuits, dip, sweet biscuits and homemade cake/muffin to share.

Jasmine Copeland February 21, 2018 - 10:36 AM

My kids love hommus and carrots sticks, and weirdly feta cheese!!!

Nesha King February 21, 2018 - 10:39 AM

My 4 yo hasn’t cottoned on to the fact that the chocolate ice creams I give him most afternoons are just banana and cacao powder frozen into ice cream molds just like the shop ones! With the occasional sneaky berries blended in as well.

Carmel LaFrenais February 21, 2018 - 10:39 AM

My son’s favourite after school snack is mini garlic pizzas. I buy the small bases and mix a bit of butter and minced garlic (from the bottle) and top it with Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Quick easy and fills him up quickly.

Jessica Broadbent February 21, 2018 - 10:41 AM

My kids will generally have fruit and rice cakes with Vegemite. If it’s hot, they’ll have a homemade fruit popsicle.

Jess February 21, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Vegemite scrolls! The perfect amount of cheese and Vegemite and they go nuts! That and bliss balls.

Sonia February 21, 2018 - 10:41 AM

My daughter always has 2 slices of peanut butter after school, if it’s hot then she’ll have an icecream. Most days she’ll have a packet of the chicken wholegrain 2 minute noodles as it’s quick and easy for her to eat before her after school dance classes

TARA February 21, 2018 - 10:43 AM

My boys all have their favourite – one loves a BLT, another loves his ham+tomato+cheese toastie and the other loves to make himself a bacon and egg roll. This is topped off with a banana smoothie (or two), a bowl of yoghurt and some fruit (currently bananas, nectarines, grapes, strawberries). You’d think they hadn’t eaten all day! And they are still starving at dinner time !!

Ned February 21, 2018 - 10:45 AM

We make thickshakes with frozen bananas and berries. Yum!

Sarah February 21, 2018 - 10:46 AM

home “Antipasto”!
A quick little plate of ham, sliced boiled egg and a bit of fruit!
Protein, and fruit and a little share plate means they will still eat dinner later.

Kirsty February 21, 2018 - 10:47 AM

My munchkin loves crackers with either hommus or garlic dip and cheese as a snack before dinner

Karyn February 21, 2018 - 10:48 AM

Our favourite is a chip’n’dip bowl, lots of chopped vege sticks, kabana, cheese dip and crackers – its fun to mix and match the taste combinations!

Jacquie February 21, 2018 - 10:49 AM

My kids love a snack platter made up of fruit and/or veggies like banana, watermelon, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and also other healthy snacks like cheese slices, crackers, boiled eggs, ham slices or anything I have in the fridge!

Louise February 21, 2018 - 10:50 AM

My kids are having homemade fruit salad and or a cheese platter with salami when they come home from school as their favourite snack at the moment.

Jo Fletcher February 21, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Crushed up dried noodles with a fruit smoothie!

Jules Willis February 21, 2018 - 10:50 AM

Having ten kids & children with disabilities it’s a tight rope here funds don’t go far at all especially groceries. we have had to cut back all snacks here till dinner time , Its list not in my budget to buy extra with fruits vegetables and packet foods, I feel & find snacks all kinds of added sugar even the most you try to make healthy yourself. So we eat early dinner to void the I feel full or on a sugar cone to dinner serve time & not to mention their hyper & fights at the dinner table my kids do not live close to school so a water bottle is given on hot afternoons & it’s showers play routines & dinner homework bed at 7.30pm
I do occasionally allow a banana but over all if you pack healthy lunch and protein items at breakfast & lunch they don’t need a snack just prior to dinner.
Kids over eat at most times they will just raid the pantry when I am busy and do not stop if I allow snacking.
So much as I would love to make a healthier snack cut sugar and stop the food budget going crazy I can’t afford it. They never eat dinner if I give snacks so I found no balance other then cut it out. It’s also post dinner till bed they want snacks to I did enjoy reading all your options & choices but I don’t know how you all afford it ! I’ve had to make huge sacrifices this is a new planning &
Good luck everyone

Leah February 21, 2018 - 10:51 AM

My little fruitbat (payed gve her that nickname) loves any type of fruit. (10 months). I love watching her eat, it freaks people out while down around the shops to see her hacking away at a plum, while I’m do the shopping… I can’t wait to try out some the the above suggestions.

Christy February 21, 2018 - 10:52 AM

My boys love a Zooper Dooper on hot summer afternoon. They also love crumpets with vegemite or a cheese toastie

gemma collins February 21, 2018 - 10:52 AM

My kids always head for fruit-usually berries or melons. Yogurt and rice crackers are another fave. When I’m super organised they get sultana loaf, banana bread, muffins or homemade muesli bars

Leonie Mitrovic February 21, 2018 - 10:52 AM

My grandchildren love to snack on cruskits with peanut butter but their favorite 2 minute noodles chicken flavour

d February 21, 2018 - 10:53 AM

My teenage son eats all he can find, noodles, frozen pizza cooked, eggs, fruit, fish fingers cooked, then backs it up and eats dinner as well

Helena February 21, 2018 - 10:54 AM

My kids love watermelon, 2min noodles or if we are out of those a bowl of weetbix.

Viv wall February 21, 2018 - 10:54 AM

My kids love Maggi 2 minute noodles with tin of tuna and veggies.

Jennifer February 21, 2018 - 10:55 AM

Monkey shake! Banana, Greek yoghurt, milk and a dash of cinnamon blended together. Fills up hungry tummies, adds a dairy and fruit serve to the day. 🙂 Thanks for all the great ideas everyone!

Belinda Mullins February 21, 2018 - 10:55 AM

My girls love a homemade fruit salad. The more watermelon & grapes the better, but at 1 & 3 I’m sure this won’t be for long.

Penny February 21, 2018 - 10:55 AM

My son’s go to snack after school is either Maggi 2 minute noodles (no joke! Beef flavoured is his choice) or a bowl of Weet Bix. The girls either go for noodles or leftovers in the fridge or melted cheese on toasted bread.

Belinda February 21, 2018 - 10:56 AM

My daughters love frozen watermelon slices on paddle pop sticks, so it’s like an ice-block! Delicious Summer Treat!

Astrid February 21, 2018 - 10:56 AM

Vegemite and butter on Vita wheats pressed together to make worms.

A February 21, 2018 - 10:57 AM

My kiddos love to snack on custard & yoghurt, rice crackers with cheese & kabana & some good chocolate for a treat. My eldest has taken to even baking a cake in the afternoon after school from scratch….without a recipe! that’s been a hit too 🙂

Jenn February 21, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Smoothie or rice cakes with peanut butter or rice cakes with tuna, avocado and tomato.

Sarah February 21, 2018 - 11:00 AM

Fruit is a hit if I cut it up for them – there’s just something different about a plate of freshly cut fruit!!

Anita Mitchell February 21, 2018 - 11:01 AM

Absolute favourite is fresh homemade cinnamon scrolls but they’ll settle for cheese and crackers or crackers and peanut butter with a bunch of grapes

Maree February 21, 2018 - 11:01 AM

My teenage son has 3 favourite go-tos for his after-school snacks.
1: a bowl of weetbix with honey and milk
2: a bowl of Maggi 2 minute noodles – Must be chicken flavour!
3: baked bean toasted sandwich.

Emma Wallis February 21, 2018 - 11:02 AM

At our house we have cabanossi, cheese & biscuits for afternoon tea. If that doesn’t satisfy then I’ll offer Maggi Noodles with peas & corn tossed through – Delicious!

Kathleen Skidmore February 21, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Beef 2 minute noodles are our son’s go to snack. Not just for after school. He is a competitive cyclist and loves to have noodles during training. Much to my disgust, he even eats them dry, straight out of the packet.

Tarryn February 21, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Cheese and crackers or watermelon, rockmelon, grapes and strawberries in our house.

Katrina Smith February 21, 2018 - 11:07 AM

They love noodles and a piece of fruit.

Deepa Matta February 21, 2018 - 11:07 AM

Nachos and home made salsa on cooler days
Chilled fruit kebabs on warmer days!

Kellie February 21, 2018 - 11:07 AM

My kids love the maggi 2 minute noodles after school. The noodles are a fun, tasty snack and gives them heaps of energy for their after school sports activities. My daughter is old enough now to cook them for herself and her little brother and she enjoys the responsibility. Now, to just teach them to clean up after themselves 😀

Danielle Miller February 21, 2018 - 11:07 AM

My kids help me make noddle omelettes for afternoon tea. Pour boiling water over plain 2 minute noddles to soften. Put some egg rings into a hot frying pan. Place some noddles into each egg ring then pour some whisked egg over each one. Cook both sides. YUM!

Lexi smith February 21, 2018 - 11:08 AM

My kiddo pushes the limit and asks for ice cream or a slushie lol
But happy with a home made smoothie with hidden kale and spinach hehehe

Jo marks February 21, 2018 - 11:08 AM

My daughters fave after school snack is “chopped up nibblies” which is always a plate with a small amount of a variety of things – veggie sticks, fruit, crackers, cheese, seeds, nuts etc … she’s always loved the surprise factor and it’s a great way to give a range of flavours & nutrients in one sitting (I’ve also used a mini muffin tray in a similar way)

Susannah February 21, 2018 - 11:09 AM

Banana and berry smoothie every time!

Tracey February 21, 2018 - 11:09 AM

My son loves rice cakes with cottage cheese and he alternates between having vegemite or peaches on them for something sweet

Lisa February 21, 2018 - 11:10 AM

My 3 kids love having a plate of fresh fruit and some veggies sticks with homemade hummus as their afternoon snack.

Laura February 21, 2018 - 11:10 AM

Our go-to after school snacks are a simple plate of cut up fruit, bliss balls or cheese and crackers 🙂

Kellie Ellison February 21, 2018 - 11:10 AM

My kids love frozen raspberries and good old SAO’s with vegemite

Barbara Stevens February 21, 2018 - 11:10 AM

of course, it is chicken two-minute noodles – sometimes not even cooked !!

Pauline February 21, 2018 - 11:11 AM

When my boys were much smaller they really loved yoghurt and strawberries. When they became teenagers they loved to eat rice cakes with peanut butter on them or boiled eggs. They are now in their 20s and still go for these snacks.

Kelly Price February 21, 2018 - 11:11 AM

I have one that loves to snack on carrots after school and one that loves weetbix.

Joanne Roberts February 21, 2018 - 11:11 AM

Fruit and Veggie sticks with dips
Easy refreshing and fills ‘em’ up

Serena February 21, 2018 - 11:12 AM

2 minute noodles + shredded BBQ chicken + sliced shallots + crushed potato crisps over the top (eg BBQ flavour). Keeps them quiet and content.

Rachael Hasluck February 21, 2018 - 11:12 AM

My kids love toasties for afternoon tea. Usually with leftover from the night before in them or cheese.

Donna Fearne February 21, 2018 - 11:13 AM

Favourite afternoon snack is popcorn, easy to make, cheap and fills them up ’til dinner… if the older one has time she loves to cook pikelets or scones too – she gets practice cooking and the rest of us get to eat the results! – failing all that the lot of them graze in the garden… fruit off the tree, kale or rocket in the garden beds and hunting for whatever berries the birds haven’t gotten to yet 🙂

Aimee W February 21, 2018 - 11:14 AM

My kids love my noodle pancakes. I cook maggi 2min noodles with the seasoning, drain and pour into a frying pan with beaten egg and cook it like a pancake. We have them with baked beans and they get us through to dinner easily!

Megan kirby February 21, 2018 - 11:14 AM

My kids love rice paper rolls filled with spinach, tuna or chicken, avocado, carrot, cucumber and a little bit of mayonnaise.

Christie February 21, 2018 - 11:15 AM

Everything and Anything ??

Cindy February 21, 2018 - 11:15 AM

My kids fave thing to snack on is vegemite toast and Maggi chicken noodles ‘

Ann-Maree February 21, 2018 - 11:16 AM

My 18 month old loves yoghurt and a bowl of watermelon after day care!

Heather F February 21, 2018 - 11:16 AM

We enjoy rice cakes or crackers with ham, cheese and homemade sundried Tomatoes. Our other favourite is the homemade savoury or berry muffins that we make on the weekend together. If they are not hungry it is just generally a home made juice or a glass of milo.

Suzanne February 21, 2018 - 11:17 AM

My children love two minute noodles with an egg and grated veggies through it and it will keep them full of energy right up until dinner time!

Rita Sharrock February 21, 2018 - 11:18 AM

We are retired now so its been a long time since I’ve had children at school. When my 26 year old daughter comes home from work, her go to snack is Two Minute Noodles straight from the packet. Hubby loves them for lunch. When I was a child, Mum was big on 4.00pm afternoon tea. Whether it was coming home from school or weekends, we always had a cup of tea and toast or vegemite Salada biscuits, or whatever she had baked in the wood stove, perhaps scones or sausage rolls. I really miss that.

Kerrie Clark February 21, 2018 - 11:19 AM

My 2 kids love jatz, tomato and cheese for afternoon tea. Exactly what my Mum made me for after school snack when I was little. They also love pikelets with homemade strawberry jam.

Nyssa February 21, 2018 - 11:21 AM

My three like ants on a log (cream cheese inside celery sticks with sultanas on top)!

Linda Dei Rossi February 21, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Homemade cheese and Vegemite scrolls
And ham and cheese scrolls

Katrina February 21, 2018 - 11:22 AM

My kids have to eat anything leftover in their lunchboxes first (no waste!), and then they love a slice of something baked – currently it’s zucchini bread which has a but of orange zest and chocolate chips thrown in. It’s divine, and I admit I sneak a piece for myself with my afternoon cuppa!

Tara Finch February 21, 2018 - 11:23 AM

My daughter loves pikelets, with some jam or maple syrup for a friday arvo treat.

Karen February 21, 2018 - 11:24 AM

My tweenage kids were always begging for Up-N-Go’s when we went shopping. Then a friend gave me a recipe for “On The Go’s” with variations for different flavours. In addition to being more budget friendly and being able to control the sugar content, I love making it because its got 6 eggs for protein, can be made ahead/frozen, is quick to grab whilst racing between activities, and the kids can’t tell the difference! Best of all though, all 4 of my kids love it (which is a rarity), so we’re not trying to make four different snacks to suit their individual tastes!

Samantha Lahy February 21, 2018 - 11:24 AM

It’s usually some kind of fruit or crackers, but it’s far less about the food itself for them, and all about its presentation. And I’m not talking about anything fancy, I just cut everything up and put it in lunchbox containers and they find it all very exciting.

Justine February 21, 2018 - 11:26 AM

With five kids it’s hard to find something they all like all the time 🙂 Yoghurt usually goes down pretty well and pikelets are loved by all!

Bec B February 21, 2018 - 11:26 AM

I was super impressed when miss 9 and master 7 embraced celery sticks earlier this school term.. they would make a salad plate with carrots, cherry tomatoes and whatever else they could find and take out outside to eat… so i thought! Turns out they were feeding their gourmet picnic to our new chickens! Loving all the ideas shared here in the comments, planning to use some of them hopefully for the kids!

Abigail Howe February 21, 2018 - 11:27 AM

My kids love Apples or a muesli bar right after school they normally dive straight into the fruit bowl out the fridge.

Rachael McGregor February 21, 2018 - 11:27 AM

My kids love anything sweet! In summer they enjoy an iceblock or home baking is a winner also 🙂

Sherilee Waring February 21, 2018 - 11:28 AM

My kids usually like fruit, cereal and toast. I think they’ll like these ideas!!

Danielle February 21, 2018 - 11:28 AM

At this time of year my kids favorite after school snacks are hot cross buns – it doesn’t matter if they are fruit, chocolate or apple and cinnamon, they are always a quick and easy hit in our house.

Terena Boniwell February 21, 2018 - 11:29 AM

My kids love chocolate almond date bliss balls. So many recipes available on the web. If I don’t have time to roll the balls I press the mixture into a square cake pan, sprinkle with coconut, set in refrigerator and then cut into squares. We usually serve them with fresh fruit.

Chantelle Ryan February 21, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Every afternoon my kids have egg scrambled or 2 minute noodle chicken ones only are the request. They make them all themselves – 7 years old, 10 years old, 11 years old, 13 years old, 15 years old and 16 years old.
Hence we go thru eggs and 2 minutes noodle a lot each week and they are always in my pantry

Nancy February 21, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Fruit bread with butter and glass of milo

Kristie Thompson February 21, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Noodles are my daughter’s favourite after school snack but she doesnt like the whole grain.version she tried them then refused to eat them

Karen February 21, 2018 - 11:31 AM

Homemade guacamole and corn chips, both the big and little kids love it as an afternoon snack!

Leanne Barker February 21, 2018 - 11:31 AM

My boys are on the Autism Spectrum
So their choice of food is so precise,
They don’t like to try anything new
Unless they’re offered things at a price

They love the bland, so nothing too sweet
The same thing every afternoon is their thing
Some cut up apple with slices of cheese
Is about the only items that make their heart ring.

Charmaine Hardy February 21, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Home made fruit and nut balls rolled in coconut. I cant share the recipe because it was Mums after school snack for us kids 30 odd years ago. 🙂

Ruby-Anne February 21, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Some healthy homemade treats..
Healthy muffins or healthy chocolate crackles..
Fruit is always a good option & if it’s cut up they tend to eat more.. Watermelon, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, apples & pears are my kids favourite.. When cooking dinner.. I always chop up extra veggies (like carrot, capsicum & snow peas) so they can snack if they want to before dinner without filling up on junk.

Agnes Tupou February 21, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Fruit, rice crackers and sometimes boiled eggs.

Samantha February 21, 2018 - 11:33 AM

My step son picks out a piece of fruit that he didnt take to school then gets a treat of either a freddo or something else that he isnt allowed to eat at school. We then sit together and do homework and then then he gets to play and relax his body after a long day in the school environment.

Sue Kelsey February 21, 2018 - 11:33 AM

My kiddos fav after school snack is peanut butter in Apple slices, absolute winner in our house & healthy too

Loretta Williams February 21, 2018 - 11:34 AM

My daughter loves a big bowl of vanilla yoghurt with fresh berries and a sprinkle of granola on top, sometimes she sneaks a drizzle of maple syrup on top. Delicious

Mel February 21, 2018 - 11:35 AM

Homemade banana bread, cheese and crackers, peanut butter toast, bowl of cut up fruit (whatever is in season), hummus dip and carrot sticks, salada’s with vegemite (they love the worms coming through the holes in the salada!), sushi, pancakes, dumplings or spinach and cheese triangles from our local Lebanese bakery !!! Basically whatever is in the house or bought as a treat on the way home!

Yvonne Sachse February 21, 2018 - 11:36 AM

My kids love pikelets or rice cakes with peanut butter or cream cheese. They also love sliced up apple with peanut butter.

Cathy February 21, 2018 - 11:37 AM

At the moment (because kids are fickle right? And change their likes from day to day, week to week), our favourite go to is baked bean toasties. Baked beans keep them full until dinner time, and they love the crunch of toasted bread with melted butter.
They love maggi 2 minute noodles though and I never thought of giving this for afternoon tea. Thanks for the suggestion! They will think I’m the best mum when I offer this!

Sharni Connolly February 21, 2018 - 11:38 AM

My kids are loving Choc chip hot cross buns after school at the moment but they go through phases. I always try and have something home baked ready for them like bliss balls or a slice

Michelle February 21, 2018 - 11:39 AM

Frozen yoghurt and nuts during the warmer months, but cheese toasties would have to be the winner for the cooler months as soon as they come in from the cold!

Hazel Morgan February 21, 2018 - 11:40 AM

My kids are loving ‘flies on a log’ at the moment. Celery sticks with peanut butter and sultana ‘flies’. An oldie but a goodie!

Nicole February 21, 2018 - 11:40 AM

My boys love to eat maggi 2 minute noodles with vegemite and grated cheese mixed through or crackers with cream cheese dip plus fruit on the side

Naomi cartwright February 21, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Home made sausage rolls in cooler weather and fruit platter in warmer weather.

Renae Randle February 21, 2018 - 11:41 AM

Without word of a lie my kids love Maggi 2 min Chicken noodles. I like the fact there are some whole grains in them and the kids don’t know the difference!!

Amanda February 21, 2018 - 11:42 AM

My kids love cocktail sausages wrapped in cheese slices or bread. (and I love it as they can prepare these themselves now).

Ana February 21, 2018 - 11:43 AM

2 minuets noodles either cooked or raw, apples and glass of plain milk or with milo.

Natalie Daggar February 21, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Mine love sorbet made from pineapple and frozen watermelon in the cooler weather or crackers with tomato and bree when the weather is kinder.

Maria Randall February 21, 2018 - 11:45 AM

My kids love snacking on cucumber and carrot sticks with rice crackers and hummus dip. Or pizza scrolls, or homemade cupcakes as a treat.

Kelly February 21, 2018 - 11:45 AM

My son loves and apple after school.
But if he’s still hungry after than, he’ll grab a museli bar or a bowl of cereal

K February 21, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Vegemite scrolls with a mango and strawberry smoothie…. fills them up every afternoon!

Teegan February 21, 2018 - 11:47 AM

My son loves cheese and vegemite scrolls or yoghurt and fruit usually as his after school snack. He generally has 3 courses haha

sarah beeck February 21, 2018 - 11:47 AM

Watermelon and grapes with a banana smoothie are great snacks after school

Toni Rowland February 21, 2018 - 11:47 AM

My daughter loves when I blend frozen mangoes and raspberries together to make ‘ice cream’.

Tracey February 21, 2018 - 11:48 AM

My kids love frozen watermelon slushies!

Penny Chilcott February 21, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Almond butter sandwiches, in fun shapes cut out with cookie cutters and capsicum with corn relish dip

Sarah Holland February 21, 2018 - 11:48 AM

My children’s favourite after school snack is crepes. We have a quick crepe recipe that doesn’t need to stand. They love them with Nutella or lemon and sugar or ham and cheese when they are starving!

Kirsty February 21, 2018 - 11:48 AM

Depend’s on which kid but my daughter loves tuna on salada’s or all 6 of them love a chocolate cake or carrot cake.

Erin February 21, 2018 - 11:51 AM

My daughter loves watermelon, so juicy and refreshing

Natalee February 21, 2018 - 11:52 AM

On the weekend My Kids Hubby and I make a batch of bacon and egg mini pies and leave in the fridge to be heated up for the week we use 4 sheets puff pastry, bacon , 4 eggs, 1 Cup Milk, Grated Cheese – 12 hole muffin using a cookie cutter cut to muffin hole size, cook bacon until crispy, whisk milk and eggs, then add cheese, cook for 20-25 min 🙂

Cara February 21, 2018 - 11:52 AM

My kids love milkshakes, it fills them up just enough until dinner time.

Pinky February 21, 2018 - 11:53 AM

Maggie noodles – super easy, tasty and quick

Nadia February 21, 2018 - 11:53 AM

They love fruit or anzac biscuits with milk at the moment.

Belinda Smythe February 21, 2018 - 11:54 AM

Cheese and bacon rolls always win the fave afternoon snack prize in our house. Easy to make and easy to buy. Win win ???

Lisa Kennedy February 21, 2018 - 11:54 AM

One child likes rice crackers and avocado and the other likes rice crackers and homus. They both love apples (one likes green and the other likes red).

Leisha February 21, 2018 - 11:55 AM

Thanks for the snack ideas, Kat! Another great option is to make up an salad and top with chopped peanuts, coriander and crumbled uncooked Maggi 2 Minute Wholegrain Noodles. For an easy and wholesome salad dressing, squeeze a lime (or lemon) and mix it with and splash of sesame oil. Toss the dressing over some rocket leaves, halved cherry tomatoes, sliced spring onion, spiralised or grated carrot, and for protein add sliced marinated tofu, tuna, chicken, beef or lamb. Try making it with prawns and avocado – a superb lunch option for kids and grown ups!

Rachel Donlevy February 21, 2018 - 11:56 AM

My kids love sliced apple circles with peanut butter on top, and then sultanas sprinkled on the peanut butter! Its a great one for them to make themselves around the table while we chat about the day.

joni February 21, 2018 - 11:56 AM

2 minute Noodles with veges and bacon pieces or my home made date loaf made in the breadmaker

Lauren February 21, 2018 - 11:56 AM

They will eat everything! Just can’t seem to fill them up some days, although they do have days where they don’t want much.

A milo some days is always a winner, apple slices with peanut butter & chia seeds on top is a current fave, and always popular is pikelets and crackers, and some days they will have chicken 2 min noodles.

Rosie Arcella February 21, 2018 - 11:57 AM

My son loves homemade fruit ice blocks (so we can control the sugar content) and a fruit salad with Greek yogurt!

Jennifer February 21, 2018 - 11:57 AM

Homemade hummus with celery and carrot sticks plus watermelon and frozen grapes.

Helen February 21, 2018 - 11:57 AM

My kids love apples, apples and more apples….and banana bread!

Leia February 21, 2018 - 11:58 AM

Smoothies!! Helps get daily fruit and veg into them aswell.

Kristy February 21, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Vegemite and cheese on a rice cake is usually my kids go to snack. If I am organised i will sometimes make up a snack platter with fruit, veggies, rice crackers and whatever else i may have in the house for them. I find if it is displayed on a platter they will eat more healthy options rather than if they have to get it out themselves.

Barbara February 21, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Homemade fruit smoothies. Or two minute noodles.

Carli February 21, 2018 - 12:00 PM

My son always wants a treat of some sort but we usually settle on watermelon!

Caroline Hodder February 21, 2018 - 12:01 PM

My 4 kids go to’s are making 2 min noodles, crackers & tuna, popcorn or a toasted ham & cheese wrap. In summer I also try & have some icy poles made up with fruit juice, cordial or milo milk ?

Susie February 21, 2018 - 12:01 PM

My younger one is into fruit – she’ll help herself to just about any fruit in the fridge and has frozen watermelon and grapes. The teenager has rice cakes, buttered with a tamari seed mix sprinkled on top. I do loads of baking but they don’t seem to want that for afternoon tea!

Jessica February 21, 2018 - 12:02 PM

My son enjoys ‘Nuts and Bolts’ – I usually have a big batch made up in a screw-top lid so its makes it easier to grab a handful to snack on.. so morish!!!

Kerrie February 21, 2018 - 12:02 PM

My daughters favourite after kindy snack is (not quite at school yet ?) veggies and dip. The dip is usually hommus and the veggies usually depend on what is on hand at the time! Sticks of carrot, zucchini, celery, cucumber, beans, sugar snap peas….so many options and thankfully she is open to all of them. (Ps. Love rrading the comments. So many great ideas to add to our repetoire!)

ROSEMARY HARRIS February 21, 2018 - 12:03 PM

Olives and cheeses served straight from the fridge in summer or melted over corn kernels in the cooler months.

Peta Ariel February 21, 2018 - 12:05 PM

It varies depending on what’s in the cupboard. Usually crackers and cheese, fruit or homemade muffins or biscuits.

Stephanie Veljanovski February 21, 2018 - 12:06 PM

I have only started making these recently and they are date balls all that you have to do is blitz together oats, medjool dates and walnuts , roll them in balls and into some coconut. They are so easy to put together and my kids really love them

Angela February 21, 2018 - 12:08 PM

My daughters’ favourite snack is a smoothie made with almond milk, hemp seeds, chocolate pea protein powder, chia seeds and supergreens (or should i say that this is my preferred snack for them lol)

Peta Hills February 21, 2018 - 12:09 PM

My son loves anything after school that is easy and quick. His two favourites to choose from are bananas or two minute noodles.

Judith Clark February 21, 2018 - 12:11 PM

I make My Own Chicken Noodle Stir Fry with Maggi 2 Min Chicken Noodles which is full of veggies and shredded chicken it’s great dish for afternoon snack after college for my growing teenage daughter or anytime of the day or even lunch or for dinner & it’s very filling too, but minus the sliced omelette in it for her
My family absolutely love my recipe to bit’s

Carol February 21, 2018 - 12:12 PM

Spread a banana with peanut butter, then roll it in crushed nuts and freeze. Yummo!!!

Tracie May February 21, 2018 - 12:13 PM

My 14 year old loves it when I make an açai bowl or smoothie, my 12 year old loves dry 2 min noodles broken up with a drizzle of ice magic – total opposites!

Ruth February 21, 2018 - 12:13 PM

I have our Grandsons after school every Tuesday, for sleepover. We love to have slices (that their Mum used to eat when she was their age) as these are frowned upon in their school lunch boxes – we will often then make one slice (together as an afterschool activity) this week to freeze to enjoy next week.

Christie Corse February 21, 2018 - 12:13 PM

My girls love Cruskits with vegemite & Cheese as a go to for afternoon tea!

Stephanie Jarred February 21, 2018 - 12:13 PM

Mango or banana with dash of vanilla extract, IceCubes & milk all blitzed up

Jean February 21, 2018 - 12:13 PM

My 2yo son loves to have a banana after daycare. As he gets bigger and hungrier I’ll keep Maggi 2min multigrain noodles in mind.

Amanda February 21, 2018 - 12:15 PM

My 3 boys love hummus and rice crackers, chicken noodles, homemade muffins or fruit

Danielle February 21, 2018 - 12:17 PM

My kids love some smashed avocado dip with cornchips and carrot sticks.

Emma February 21, 2018 - 12:17 PM

My 8 year old daughter loves a banana smoothie and my 6 year old little man loves banana berry smoothies with chia seeds. So yummy and easy to make.

Rachel February 21, 2018 - 12:17 PM

We make smoothies with milk, frozen banana and chocolate or coconut protein powder – yum! Sometimes they will want a bowl of cereal, cheese and crackers or popcorn. They always seem to be hungry when they get home from school so it’s great to have some extra ideas to keep the tummies from rumbling.

Karlie February 21, 2018 - 12:18 PM

My son definitely LOVES carrots dipped in hummus and a fruit smoothie! DELISH! 🙂

Kirsten February 21, 2018 - 12:18 PM

Fruit fruit fruit! My son loves it. We do a platter with watermelon, pineapple, strawberries, grapes etc. But have to limit it or he’ll just keep eating!!! ?

Renèe Zammit February 21, 2018 - 12:20 PM

My kids do a lot of sport so they need something that is going to give them energy and keep them full.
They fav is 2 min noodles cooked as per packet, and drained.
Then I mix through beaten egg, grated veg and a shredded meat, and sometimes grated cheese.
I fry in the frying pan until cooked
And then serve.
It has proteins to feed the muscle, carbs to help with energy production and veg to add to the 5 serves of veg a day.

Carolyn February 21, 2018 - 12:20 PM

I pack healthy lunches with no treats so once they are home from school they like to have a homemade cupcake, muffin or biscuit. Although with this heat wave we’ve just had they’ve been too hot to eat so I’ve been making them apple juice ice blocks which have been going down very well!

Kietta Allen February 21, 2018 - 12:20 PM

Our favourite it fresh fruit smoothies or ‘smoosies’ as my son calls them! Such a filling and easy snack to whip up 🙂

Keira February 21, 2018 - 12:21 PM

My 4.5yo old loves my homemade hummus with veg sticks or jatz (and once a week a naughty treat like a chocolate or ice cream)

Emily D February 21, 2018 - 12:23 PM

My children love yoghurt with fresh fruit or 2 minute noodles depending on the weather

Tash February 21, 2018 - 12:23 PM

My boys love fresh fruit and some no bake slice. Hard boiled eggs are always on the menus and in summer here in qld- frozen yoghurt and fruit ice blocks are always an afternoon snack!

Megan February 21, 2018 - 12:23 PM

Frozen blueberries with vanilla yoghurt- it’s the one thing both kids will eat happily!

kelly February 21, 2018 - 12:26 PM

Celery and peanut butter

Madonna February 21, 2018 - 12:26 PM

I have an 8yo girl who loves fruit and vegetables – she loves to eat mango, apples, plums, a salad or kiwi fruits. Frozen fruit like grapes is also a favourite after school. But my 10yo boy would rather be hungry than touch any of these options. He opts for dry salada biscuits, toast or pretzels. On a good day he’ll enjoy a berry smoothie with Greek yoghurt as a favourite…..but the mix has to be done right!

Labrini Illes February 21, 2018 - 12:27 PM

I have two girls, 13 and 15 and as soon as they come home from school, they go straight to the fridge. I make sure I always have hummos in the fridge with ready cut up carrots. It takes the temptation away from getting junk food. Once their healthy is eaten I do allow them a mini ice cream, depending on the weather.

Melissa Fawcett February 21, 2018 - 12:28 PM

My daughter loves baby cucumbers and mini tomatoes

Sonia February 21, 2018 - 12:29 PM

My son is a fussy eater. So, fresh fruit and vegie smoothies is my go to snack/meal for my little 2yr old. Fills him up and I know he is getting all the nutrients he needs. We love having our smoothies together.

Marysia February 21, 2018 - 12:32 PM

My son’s loves to have a homemade ice block when he gets back from school on summer days. It’s packed with frozen fruit (berries, mango, acai or banana), but I also squeeze in some healthy greens such as spinach or kale. Full of healthy stuff, so happy son and happy mum 🙂

Jo February 21, 2018 - 12:36 PM

2min noodles have always been a easy quick go to in our house especially before afternoon sport but also love rice cakes & peanut butter as can’t take that spread to school!

Hayley February 21, 2018 - 12:36 PM

My boys love apple slices with peanut butter, blueberries and yoghurt or mini quiches.

Stella Heslip February 21, 2018 - 12:38 PM

Our eldest has only just started Prep this year, so our afternoons lately has her pretty worn out. I tend to make a little platter of food (mostly whatever I have on hand, handmade goodies, leftovers) ready in the fridge before I head to pick her up, then when we get back we can just sit there and talk about her day. It’s something special when she hasn’t been home with her younger brother and sister all day.

Lydia February 21, 2018 - 12:40 PM

I have 4 growing boys. They are CONSTANTLY hungry! I can’t believe the amount of food they can eat! After school snacks are hard for me because they take a good variety of food to school so when they come home I don’t have anything different to give them. HELP PLEASE!!

Girija Stewart February 21, 2018 - 12:41 PM

My son loves Crackers with vegemite and cheese. Also vanilla yogurt. He has this almost everyday and loves them

Lisa Ferrando February 21, 2018 - 12:41 PM

My six children aged from 4yrs to 16yrs are all currently addicted to my corn flake biscuits (made with wholemeal flour). I love that Maggi have brought out a wholegrain range. Trying to get nutrient dense foods into my kids can be challenging!

Joanne February 21, 2018 - 12:41 PM

Cheese & crackers!

Hawaa Dajan February 21, 2018 - 12:44 PM

My kids favourite after school snack is reduced sugar banana chocolate muffins I bake at home with a cup of milk, it’s filling and quite healthy 😀

Amanda Solomon February 21, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Pikelets or homemade ice creams in summer. Yummo!

Cindy February 21, 2018 - 12:47 PM

My children seem to be ravenous after school so I tend to give them an early dinner(4-4:30pm) before we head off to afternoon activities. I will then sometimes give them a snack a bit later if they are hungry…..cheese toasties, peanut butter wrap, miso soup or cruskits and some milk.

Fiona Stevenson February 21, 2018 - 12:47 PM

My girls love 2 minute noodles the chicken flavour. Spaghetti and toasted muffins with cheese and ham. They rarely go for sweet foods usually need something to fill up they’re empty bellies when 3.30itis hits.

Linc February 21, 2018 - 12:47 PM

We love nuts (especially pistachios) ..
Homemade banana bread
Apples with peanut butter

Jamie February 21, 2018 - 12:47 PM

Rice crackers with cucumber, cherry tomatoes and camembert (circle cheese as my son calls it)

Mel February 21, 2018 - 12:48 PM

My Boys, eat me out of house and home when they get home from school, so we always have a stash of homemade choc coconut balls on hand in the freezer to snack on as well as pre cut fruit/veg in the fridge to have with yogurt dip. Thanks for your tips. Always helpful to me.

Rebecca Wellburn February 21, 2018 - 12:52 PM

My 2 year old loves wholemeal Saladas with different toppings like vegemite, peanut butter, cheese or humus.

Sandra February 21, 2018 - 12:54 PM

well well, what is my daughters favorite after school snack? anything that can be added to 2 minute noodles. she makes them herself which makes her feel grown up as she believes this is all cooking is about. (yeah right!)
she experiments with herbs and spices and adds any left overs to it, then we get names made up. from soups to casseroles and salads.

Gaynor Anderson February 21, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Frozen Grapes!

Gemma Lovriha February 21, 2018 - 12:55 PM

Homemade chocolate chip & banana muffins are a hit with my two boys and of late, they’ve been getting in to the old classic my siblings and I loved growing up after school – weetbix! Their big sister prefers a jelly cup in this summer weather or rice crackers with cheese. Their school in the NT is fabulous at encouraging them healthy snacks throughout the day so my youngest, in Transition, takes a piece of fruit daily for a morning share platter, whilst the two older kids take a ‘sip and snack’ container of fruit or veges. It gives them a little more energy between the big breaks where they just want to play!

Tanya February 21, 2018 - 12:58 PM

These ideas are fantastic – thanks! A favourite at our place is turkey & avocado on thin rice cakes – we make triple decker ‘sandwiches’ with loads of each filling in each layer 🙂

Grace February 21, 2018 - 12:59 PM

My kids looovvvvve to have a fruit/cheese platter & a fresh young coconut (one loves the coconut water & one loves the flesh )

Vivienne February 21, 2018 - 1:00 PM

Never mind the kids! My husband’s favourite after school snack is a 2 minute noodle sandwich! Bread + butter + noodles + the seasoning = awesome (apparently).

The kids meanwhile are all about Zooper Doopers at the moment!

Cassandra February 21, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Always sandwiches with either vegemite, cheese or peanut butter & fruit. Makes it easy for mum

Wendy February 21, 2018 - 1:02 PM

My son loves Hommus on vita-wests with a cold green tea

Shannon February 21, 2018 - 1:04 PM

My son is unbelievably fussy, so getting him to eat fruit and vegetables is a chore. In saying that his favourite after school snack is a “secret smoothie”, full of fruit, kale, spinach, and some V8 breakfast juice, with a dollop or two of ice cream. He loves them and has no idea what is in it (hoping I can keep this up past 5, but im sure he will catch on soon lol)

Kirsty De roach February 21, 2018 - 1:07 PM

Our quick easy delicious go to snack is crackers with a square of cheese round of cucumber and half a cherry tomato on top. We jokingly call them ‘boobs’

Tiani February 21, 2018 - 1:07 PM

My kids NEVER stop eating, so if its in the fridge or the cupboard they eat it, including the wholegrain 2 minute noodles.

Emma February 21, 2018 - 1:07 PM

A surprise plate – cheese and crackers and whatever else is in the fridge at the time; olives, gerkins, cold meats, carrots, cucumber…

Lauren Thompson February 21, 2018 - 1:09 PM

My kids love homemade iceblocks, I just blitz up whatever fruit we have on hand with either water, milk or juice (depending on the fruit variety) and freeze them in iceblock molds. They love them and request them even in winter 🙂

Eliza February 21, 2018 - 1:12 PM

Banana & mango smoothie (I sneak in a handful spinach leaves too and they love it!)

Nicole February 21, 2018 - 1:14 PM

Afternoon tea in our house starts with anything not eaten in the lunchbox! Then we mix it up with crackers and toppings or a fresh muffin (if I have had a chance to bake) or a piece of fruit. Love the list of ideas though Kat!

Sally-ann Caligari February 21, 2018 - 1:16 PM

rice crackers and homemade olive tapenade (they make it themselves)

Sarah H February 21, 2018 - 1:16 PM

Frozen banana ‘pops’ – dip banana in honey and roll in crushed nuts or desiccated coconut and freeze. Or for a ‘naughty’ treat – dip banana in melted chocolate and crushed nuts and freeze. YUM!

Vicki February 21, 2018 - 1:16 PM

My 9yo twins are always, “I’m starving!” after school so I often whip up a “Picky Plate.” I use the old Tupperware ‘Serving Centre’ (aka UFO!) & fill it with “brain food” such as sliced fruit, vegetable sticks, cheese cubes or healthy dip, wholegrain crackers or air-popped popcorn plus a treat, like marshmallows or Tiny Teddies. It’s always a winner & they often like to help choose & prep foods to put it together. It’s also easy to transport to after school activities!

Amy Daly February 21, 2018 - 1:16 PM

I still can’t help but make my 4 and 6 year old faces on their plates for afternoon tea!
Tomatoes for the eyes, a carrot nose and capsicum mouth. And Maggi Wholemeal 2 minute noodles make the perfect hair. I cut them short to make a crew cut or a fringe and leave them long for Rapunel style hair. My girls love it!

Amy Daly February 21, 2018 - 1:17 PM

Rapunzel! Thanks autocorrect 😉

Samantha February 21, 2018 - 1:17 PM

My boys are always hangry at the end of the day! I make sure I’ve got a piece of fruit for the car ride home, then they love banana pikelets or veg sticks and hommus when they’ve unpacked. Frozen grapes are a winner at the moment too!

Jodie February 21, 2018 - 1:18 PM

Typically it’s an ice block (homemade with frozen fruit and coconut water), slushie – frozen fruit and ice blended, or cake and biscuits fresh from the oven! I make sure I keep some in the freezer too!

Natalie February 21, 2018 - 1:21 PM

My girls love their 2 minute noodles with cream cheese stirred through, yummmy!

Jennifer Naude February 21, 2018 - 1:22 PM

I recently made mini frittatas with left over noodles, vegetables and egg. Yum!

Teresa February 21, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Favourites here include freshly popped popcorn or carrot cupcakes (carrot cake made into muffins).

Rhiannon February 21, 2018 - 1:29 PM

With Kids, It changes all the time… but at the moment… My youngest (8) likes to have home-made cookies with milk, or Turkish toast with ham or vegemite & my eldest (10) likes to have 2 min noodles, which he makes himself or home-made Jaffles. Remember them??? I’d forgotten about them too, until my mum reminded me, now it’s all about “what else can we put in them?”
We’ve even come up with dessert type flavors, like banana & cinnamon, or home-made hazelnut spread with banana 🙂 :-p

Lyn February 21, 2018 - 1:31 PM

Generally a piece of fruit, on the extra hot days a Bulla mini yoghurt ice block, cheese & crackers or sometimes a bickie with a cup of tea…is what my ratbag has for afternoon tea!

Kate February 21, 2018 - 1:32 PM

Good ol’ English muffins with pizza toppings 🙂 – salami, ham, olives, cheese, spinach leaves, tomato paste. They all LOVE them!

Madeleine February 21, 2018 - 1:35 PM

My kids love the Black Sesame & white chocolate pikelets that I make with my own recipe. They are Especially yummy when eaten with sliced strawberries ^_^

Jacoba Evans February 21, 2018 - 1:35 PM

Toasted ham, cheese and tomato sandwich.

Rachelle stewart February 21, 2018 - 1:36 PM

My kids literally have 2mins to eat before we walk out the door again to dancing. Noodles are great or smoothies. What ever is fast.

Alison Nicholson February 21, 2018 - 1:39 PM

My 11 yr old son makes 2 minute noodles for himself and his 4 yr old sister when they get home from school. Only thing is, they fight over whether beef or chicken noodles are the best. LOL.

Mary-Jane Walton February 21, 2018 - 1:41 PM

2 minute noodles with and egg scrambled through just before you serve! Thickens the soup and they love it! ?

Jill Ball February 21, 2018 - 1:43 PM

My kids love smoothies. I use double fermented kefir, frozen fruit, stevia, and spinach. The kids do not know I add spinach. ?

Annie Towner February 21, 2018 - 1:45 PM

My kids love a weetbix with butter and vegemite or butter and honey. Watermelon is also a favourite as is yoghurt.

Emma Bunn February 21, 2018 - 1:52 PM

my kids love homemade chicken veg and noodle soup,strawberry jam on coon cheese and weet bix!

Jodie February 21, 2018 - 1:52 PM

Nutella on toast with sometimes banana

jo moreton February 21, 2018 - 1:52 PM

My daughter loves left over nasi goreng made with maggi noodles

Lauren February 21, 2018 - 1:52 PM

My son loves Milo balls after school!

Anne February 21, 2018 - 1:53 PM

My girls love fruit, especially strawberries dipped into warmed up Nutella. Sweet treat!

Emily February 21, 2018 - 1:54 PM

Our favorite snack is bbq sacata’s with creamed cottage cheese! Quick, easy, tasty and healthy ?????

Kara Hammell February 21, 2018 - 1:57 PM

My kids love a smoothie in the arvo to get them through -usually frozen mango and passionfruit (I buy the canned passion fruit and freeze little portions) or the frozen berry mix just with milk, blitz it and done! Yummo! ps Thank you for all these ideas! Printed laminated and stuck on the fridge!

Helen February 21, 2018 - 1:57 PM

Fruit, glass of milk and corn thins with vegemite

Brenda Bridle February 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

My boys and I love cheese and crackers, popcorn and museli bars after school and kindy

Carla February 21, 2018 - 2:00 PM

Zucchini slice is always nice, stir through some softened noodles before baking to make it go further and up the fun factor

Kristine Henderson February 21, 2018 - 2:01 PM

My son loves a fruit muffin, or a two minute noodle muffin – filled with vegetables, some bacon and eggs, perfect for before swimming or when dinner time is going to be a bit later.

Nicole Sharkey February 21, 2018 - 2:05 PM

Wurst Noodlen (Austrian) -this is chopped Ham and chopped onions and depending on who is eating some italinan herbs and a little garlic fried up in a little bit of butter and mixed with noodles and Maggi sauce (the yellow lid one), a great snack and they also love it for breakfast

Nicole Sharkey February 21, 2018 - 2:06 PM

Wurst Noodlen (Austrian) -this is chopped Ham and chopped onions and depending on who is eating some italianan herbs and a little garlic fried up in a little bit of butter and mixed with noodles and Maggi sauce (the yellow lid one), a great snack and they also love it for breakfast

Sarah-May February 21, 2018 - 2:06 PM

3 packets of 2 minute needles between 2 kids is a regular in our house…..that’s only because I refuse to let them eat 2 packets each lol. Nachos is also a favourite along with cinnamon and sugar on toast.

Kathryn February 21, 2018 - 2:07 PM

My 2 daughters love yogurt when they get home from school

Denise Bing February 21, 2018 - 2:12 PM

My son loves either a vegemite sandwich or chicken Maggie noodles! They have always been a fave of mine too, mum used to say I might turn into a noodle I loved them so much ???

Brooke February 21, 2018 - 2:13 PM

my daughter loves biscuits and dip!

Cath Julius February 21, 2018 - 2:18 PM

My 10 year old son loves to scramble 3 eggs while his Maggi 2 minute noodles are in the bowl with the boiled water. Once the eggs are cooked he serves them over the softened noodles and sprinkles the flavour sachet over the top. I am still teaching him to add diced veggies!

Stephanie Walker February 21, 2018 - 2:24 PM

My granddaughters love me to make them Anzac Biscuits for an after school snack when they come to us :>)

Ria Rinaldi February 21, 2018 - 2:28 PM

I have just started making my boys some fruit icy poles in these long silicone molds I found. My boys love them, they are easy to eat and oh so refreshing in this heat!

Serena February 21, 2018 - 2:31 PM

Noodles pasta and fruit i have 2 boys and a girl in yr 7 give them a carb hit then off to swimming squad, tennis, dance and footy . 2 minute noodles are a saviour.

Kassandra carter February 21, 2018 - 2:37 PM

My kids love peanut butter and jam sandwhiches or a homemade smoothie ice block in summer

Yvonne February 21, 2018 - 2:39 PM

Master 12’s after school snacks vary from day to day – everything from fruit to leftovers, pikelets, cheese and crackers, tin of tuna, milo, or his own “noodles deluxe” recipe (2 min noodles with corn, peas and carrots) – which he loves to make on his own.

Elle February 21, 2018 - 2:44 PM

My 3 year old daughter just started her new Kindy and she loves it when I bring her a blueberry, banana, kale smoothie in the afternoon. Her little sister is 2 and has to have the same one as her big sister!

Katie February 21, 2018 - 2:46 PM

Home made pancakes with toppings. Our all-time favourite raspberry jam.

Angela February 21, 2018 - 2:48 PM

Mt kids love “piggies in blankets” cocktail Frankfurt wrapped in pastry with sauce (sometimes I use tiny bread rolls and grated cheese) Quick and easy!

Angela M February 21, 2018 - 2:52 PM

Fruit and nuts!!

Karina February 21, 2018 - 2:54 PM

My kids love 2 minute noodles, homebaked goodies or homemade dip and vegies and the best part is that they are all capable of serving themselves 🙂

Katie Gerber February 21, 2018 - 2:55 PM

My kids like noodles with bbq sauce and cheese. They put the grated cheese at the bottom of the bowl so the noodles melt it.

Linda February 21, 2018 - 3:07 PM

My kids have to eat what’s left over in their lunch boxes first then they can eat one snack of either fruit or popcorn. 2 minute Noodles are a favorite on a weekend for lunches.

Penelope White February 21, 2018 - 3:08 PM

My daughter has noodles, the ones in the pot
She cooks them in microwave till they are hot
Then it’s:
“I feel like dip, with carrots and beans” …I say
“Just have some crackers with tomatoe & cheese”
I yell from the bedroom; the laundry; the loo
“Don’t eat Dads chips he’ll be wanting some soon”
“Well what’s for dinner, tonight mum, I’m hungry”
“You’ll be making your own, if your that lucky”
“But I want something sweet & I feel like a roast”
“Then all you’ll be getting for dinner is toast”
“If you pester me more you won’t get a jot”
“Then I’ll just have those noodles, they’re still piping hot”

Larissa February 21, 2018 - 3:15 PM

My kids like Paul’s Chocolate Custard or plain vanilla yoghurt with coconut flakes or sprinkles on top.

Kristin Dare February 21, 2018 - 3:16 PM

This summer my kids are loving icypoles made with leftover fruits blended with coconut cream. Mango is especially popular.

Tanya February 21, 2018 - 3:18 PM

My kids love “crunchy noodles” they eat the 2 min noodles straight from the pack. Very messy so they have to eat them outside and go for a play afterward to let all the crumbs fall off before I let them back in the house!

Kasia Radke February 21, 2018 - 3:19 PM

My kids absolutely love a good serving of vanilla yoghurt topped up with crunchy cornflakes and a handful of blueberries. Refreshing and healthy after school snack – especially in this hot and humid weather we are all experiencing at the moment!

Louise Vasey February 21, 2018 - 3:21 PM

My girls 6 & 8 love frozen fruit, cheese & biscuits & noodles after school!
If they are really lucky they might score an icy pole in summer!

Anne Conroy February 21, 2018 - 3:21 PM

My kids love watermelon wedges, but they have to be cut like a Xmas tree

Elizabeth Hegarty February 21, 2018 - 3:27 PM

My daughters go to after school snack is noodles if she wants something hot, or either fruit or a peanut butter & jam sandwich. If we’ve baked, it will be whatever we’ve made. Usually banana bread or banana muffins.

Kelly February 21, 2018 - 3:32 PM

My Grandkids love 2 min noodles, chicken or beef, cooked or uncooked!
Or a pizza they make with pita bread, sometimes both! ?

Reaksmey Pirotta February 21, 2018 - 3:33 PM

Bliss balls!

Beth A February 21, 2018 - 3:40 PM

My toddler loves a fresh vegetable juice, with a little added fruit for sweetness. A great way to get extra veges into him.

Pramila February 21, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Who does not like noodles? big of small all enjoy them. It is easy to cook with add on’s or just enjoy the noodles!

Simone February 21, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Berries for the teenager, and cheese for the toddler.

Peta-Lee Bartlett February 21, 2018 - 3:52 PM

A Fruit platter, for my little humans that matter. A collection of fruits cut up ready to eat, add in some cheese and crackers and maybe a sweet treat. Popcorn is also always a winner, filling them up until it is time for dinner.

Nicky Jellesma February 21, 2018 - 3:54 PM

Love homemade icecream. Some times nuts

Kristy Britt February 21, 2018 - 3:56 PM

My girls favourite afternoon snacks are
Veg sticks and dip, home made muffins and crackers 🙂

Joanne Elvers February 21, 2018 - 3:56 PM

Pita bread home made pizzas where they can choose their own topping have always been a big favourite

Sarah Graham February 21, 2018 - 3:56 PM

My eldest plays a lot of sport and loves having a banana smoothie before going to training. My 6 year old prefers homemade cookies or apples (he eats about 4 a day!) and my 2 year old likes anything sweet 🙂

Fiona margery February 21, 2018 - 4:00 PM

My kids favourite after school snack is definitely bananas. They disappear very quickly in our house!!

Bec Crosbie February 21, 2018 - 4:01 PM

Afternoon tea is lots of fun, for kids with energy and on the run. We prep on Sundays with bliss balls and fruit, carrot sticks and muffins all to boot. They need it to be quick for homework and dance, so nothing to hard and all done in advance. 🙂

Nadia February 21, 2018 - 4:06 PM

Maggi 2-minute noodles, of course! Their favourite is the beef noodles and they either have it plain or with some egg that they drop in to make it egg noodle soup…my daughter’s speciality! The 2-minute noodles are great to introduce them to cooking and some independence in the kitchen. They also add in some chopped veg, drain the water, and almost make a stir-fry without the frying! The kids love the variety of the noodles and that they can make it as a quick snack after school.

nat February 21, 2018 - 4:09 PM

crumpets with butter and honey!

Meredith February 21, 2018 - 4:15 PM

Cheese and bacon bread rolls.

Gina February 21, 2018 - 4:16 PM

We double the dinner recipe sometimes so we all have lunch the next day.
Also on Sunday’s I make batches of Spaghetti Bolognaise, Chicken and Mixed vegetables, Stir frys with noodles, Beef and Potato Stew and freeze them in Meal size portions which can be taken for lunches or used for dinner when we are all too busy too cook. Delicious and Quick Homemade takeaway.

Ashleigh Mcardle February 21, 2018 - 4:18 PM

My Three hungry boys are ravenous by the time they finish school, they love anything they can get there hands on!! Having a 9 and 7 year old twins I never thought I’d still be keeping a pantry lock on the cupboard.
But here I am dreading the teenage years ?
Their most favourites are fruit and yoghurt, crackers and a jar yep a full jar of salsa and any home baked goodie I have made for the week.

Jo Steel February 21, 2018 - 4:21 PM

Smoothies! Our afternoon snack is 1/2 frozen banana, 1 full banana and 1 cup milk. Blitzed then, walah! my 3 year old and 16mth old love it, and very healthy!

Kamilia February 21, 2018 - 4:24 PM

Savoury crackers and popcorn are my kids’ favourite snacks.

Hilary February 21, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Ours is nice and easy at the moment – crusket and cream cheese. Easy and delicious.

Fiona February 21, 2018 - 4:32 PM

My boys normally have a bowl of muesli & yogurt or weetbix after school. I used to bake snacks but then found it too time consuming. We also have an early dinner too.

Tiffany gough February 21, 2018 - 4:35 PM

My son loves to have an icy pole every day after school. He also has a packet of chips or cheese and biscuits or a muffin

Michelle Kennett February 21, 2018 - 4:38 PM

My girls love Tick Tock Eggs – which is just French toast cut into little squares and put around in a circle on a plate and the cut of crusts are the arms of the clock! Also learning how to tell the time! Fun & yum!

Joni Carnell February 21, 2018 - 4:45 PM

My boys love home made yoghurt ice blocks especially with this heat around.

Sarah Havenaar February 21, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Celery sticks with almond butter

Nusrat Aga February 21, 2018 - 4:58 PM

My girls love mejdool date and nut balls.
I just grind the dates and roll them into spheres and then we roll them in roasted and crushed pistachios , almonds and macadamias.
They also love walnuts roasted and dipped in dark chocolate. Always in the fridge.
Any fruit or just a bowl of yoghurt at times.
We usually spice our yoghurt with pink salt ,cumin and chilli powder. Yummy for spice lovers. Makes a great dip with nachos

Angelina February 21, 2018 - 5:01 PM

My two boys love fruit or shapes and dip as an afternoon snack.

Keir February 21, 2018 - 5:02 PM

My kids love boiled eggs and bread fresh from Woolies bakery. Super quick and best of all, healthy 🙂

Shell February 21, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Cold leftovers are a favourite here. Especially if it’s marinated chicken legs or sausages. Grapes are the next best thing.

Brittany Scott February 21, 2018 - 5:16 PM

Hi my son loves vegetable sticks and homemade dip.

Vanessa Kinsey February 21, 2018 - 5:16 PM

My Kids absolutely love my wholemeal choc chip muffins! they are really healthy as there is no sugar.

Natasha Garland February 21, 2018 - 5:22 PM

My Little Men and Hubby Love a Platter for afternoon tea. I usually add some fruit, meat and cheese, some crackers and a little treat ??

Tash Kaka February 21, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Leftovers or crackers in our house.

Heather February 21, 2018 - 5:40 PM

It would have to be something homemade – we have a ‘cake on the go’, or ‘COTG’ as it is affectionately known, and some fruit.

Michelle February 21, 2018 - 5:45 PM

My teen boys love chopped watermelon and sushi or vegetable rice paper rolls.

Rosy February 21, 2018 - 5:51 PM

A cheese and fruit platter, popcorn, 2 mon noodles mixed with tuna or homemade brownies are the favourites

Michelle Collet February 21, 2018 - 5:51 PM

Pancakes! My daughter loves to warm up frozen mixed berries with maple syrup. My son loves 2 min noodles, bit boring if you ask me, I’d prefer the pancakes!

Rosy February 21, 2018 - 5:52 PM

A cheese and fruit platter, popcorn, 2 min noodles mixed with tuna or homemade brownies are the favourites

Kristy Davies February 21, 2018 - 5:57 PM

Mango Smoothies! With lots of mango, natural yogurt, milk and ice. I then squeeze a little honey around the inside of the glass. It looks fancy and tastes delicious! Summer in a glass!

Tara February 21, 2018 - 5:59 PM

Being homeschoolers we don’t really do the usual ‘after school’ snacks, but what they do like to eat are bliss balls they’ve concocted themselves. They can and do contain anything found in the pantry and or fridge.
Another favourite is corn and bacon muffins with added flax seeds. Yummo!

Jodi Neville February 21, 2018 - 6:08 PM

Homemade frozen mango sobet. Yummo

Samantha February 21, 2018 - 6:16 PM

Lately its been plain corn chips with salsa dip/

Elisa February 21, 2018 - 6:17 PM

Of course my two children like different things for after school snacks. My son loves Hummos with Mission chips and has it everyday (occasionally with a piece of fruit thrown in for good measure). My daughter’s favourite is a Zooper Dooper and cheese on Jatz aswell as popcorn.

Allyson Ackerley February 21, 2018 - 6:19 PM

My mums toast & margarine (I don’t make it right lol)

Leah Bishop February 21, 2018 - 6:21 PM

I blend equal parts of soft tofu and mixed berries, with a dash of honey to make a delicious high protein frozen fruit snack. My kids love it. Easy, quick and exceptionally nutritious.

spog777 February 21, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Aaron always goes for a noodle cup when he gets home which is great as they are easy to create and have a variety of flavours

Nicole Baans February 21, 2018 - 6:39 PM

My kids love salada biscuits with cheese and vegemite, or simple watermelon slices.

Katherine Edgar-Truong February 21, 2018 - 6:46 PM

Homemade yoghurt, berry and spinach smoothies or crackers and cheese. Depends on the day.

Nicole Schmid February 21, 2018 - 6:52 PM

my 2 L??VE the bliss balls that I make

Nicole Schmid February 21, 2018 - 6:54 PM

bliss balls

Ally February 21, 2018 - 6:58 PM

My teen likes salad wraps and my 10yr old likes the new corn chips I found at the local health food store

Miranda February 21, 2018 - 6:58 PM

My kids love to dip the ends of bananas in Nutella then freeze on a sheet of baking paper to have as a cool, yummy snack after school on a hot day ?

Rebecca February 21, 2018 - 7:10 PM

Toasted cheese sandwiches when it’s cold and lots of fresh fruit when it’s warm. Are my teens and little ones favourites.

Christine February 21, 2018 - 7:29 PM

My kids love making a smoothie or when it’s hot they make icy poles, yoghurt and mango is their favourite. Otherwise it’s often crackers with cheese and dip.

Megan February 21, 2018 - 7:36 PM

My kids will eat just like it’s a meal if they could get away with it! We try & make sure they eat fruit followed by something filling & limit the sugary snacks

Cinnamon February 21, 2018 - 7:39 PM

With 5 kids it’s first come first served to any leftovers, fruit, crackers and cheese or 2 min noodles, sometimes cooked sometimes just crunched on straight out of the packet!

Karen February 21, 2018 - 7:41 PM

My kids love eating frozen peas… They don’t mind a carrot or cucumber too… But we have also started just whipping up some frozen fruit — and they think they are getting ice-cream!!!

Sarah February 21, 2018 - 7:52 PM

I wish my nearly 3 year old had a favourite snack. Apparently he eats everything at childcare (sometimes even has seconds) but wont eat any of the food i offer to him when he gets home!

MEL February 21, 2018 - 8:02 PM

Anything homemade – usually gluten free brownies or some protein balls is all they need.

Kimberley Owens February 21, 2018 - 8:04 PM

My kids love strawberry and banana smoothies as a special treat or yoghurt mixed with raspberries and oats. Delicious treats!

Nancy Mackenzie February 21, 2018 - 8:06 PM

My kids always have their favourite fruits (watermelon, rockmelon, mango & grapes) followed by a homemade muffin (usually apple cinnamon or raspberry white chocolate) and then cheese & crackers.

F Little February 21, 2018 - 8:06 PM

Varies between banana smoothie; kabana, cheese and cocktail onions; homemade slice or crumpets.

Andrea Murley-Anderson February 21, 2018 - 8:14 PM

Frozen blueberries! One morning our son ate an entire pack from the freezer – so we added a padlock 🙂

Tina February 21, 2018 - 8:18 PM

My girls love crackers and dip, usually French onion. Otherwise they just do two minute noodles as usually cannot wait for anything more difficult.

Kath February 21, 2018 - 8:24 PM


Angelina February 21, 2018 - 8:27 PM

My children like having my home made hummus dip and crackers, or a small tin of tuna and crackers, or cheese and crackers for their after school snack.

LAUREN EVANS February 21, 2018 - 8:35 PM

My kids love 2-minute noodles.. Although sometimes (alot of the time) the girls have them for dinner with veges mixed in! After school they have blueberries, strawberries and peanut butter smoothies

Alex February 21, 2018 - 8:39 PM

Chocolate bliss balls, banana bread or cucumber sticks with Hommus

Melissa February 21, 2018 - 8:44 PM

jam, cheese, pb sandwiches

Erandi February 21, 2018 - 8:47 PM

My kids love a fruit platter, cheese and crackers, popcorn or smoothies. If I’ve got my act together choc chip cookies or pikelets. Other days we crack open a packet of chips…whatever gets you through the after school munchies ?

Louise Woods February 21, 2018 - 8:51 PM

Where do I start….
My kids love coming home to fresh fruit, home made and jam on piklets.
I found a simple recipe for piklets and adjusted the flour to a gluten free flour and I can’t make enough they love them.
My easy 7 minute piklet recipe.

1 cup self-raising flour
1 cup milk
1 egg
butter, for frying

Into a large mixing bowl, add in the self-raising flour, the milk and the egg, and whisk (see tips, below).
Add a small amount of butter (1/2 teaspoon) into a frypan over low/ medium heat. I use a tablespoon to heap the mixture into the pan adding in about 3 pikelets to the pan at a time.
Once you start to see bubbles form in the mixture (after about 1 minute) you can flip it and cook for a further 30 seconds.
Stack and serve as suggested with butter, plain, jam or lemon curd.

I have also found making the mix ahead of time, an hour or so the mix thickens.
Enjoy this recipe as I know my kids love them.

Chris February 21, 2018 - 9:00 PM

Watermelon is the flavour of the month. Some great tips Katrina. Thanks for the printable.

Elizabeth H February 21, 2018 - 9:08 PM

Toast with a spoonful of peanut butter on the side; cheese & crackers or a cheeky piece of cake.

Sally Turner February 21, 2018 - 9:27 PM

A new outdoor twist on an old favourite – crunched up packet of two minute noodles, with as sprinkling of the seasoning sachet added and a packet of sultanas and a handful of Nutri grain mixed through. It a great sweet and savoury, crunch and run snack. Certainly fills them up when followed by a bottle of water.

Missy February 21, 2018 - 9:35 PM

My youngest boy loves getting kale from our garden and as he says, “putting it in the oven for oh… about 5-6mins and they’ll taste like cookies!!”
My eldest boys love watermelon and smoothies. But they are sad the watermelon season is coming to an end.

Lorraine Loughran February 21, 2018 - 9:40 PM

My grandkids just love maggi 2 minute noodles. They follow the simple directions live the noodles and the broth is very tasty.

Nicola Hampton February 21, 2018 - 9:43 PM

My boys loved anything. Precut fruit or leftover pasta.

Melody February 21, 2018 - 10:01 PM

My girls loooovvvve smoothies, anything with bananas in it is a winner & their fave after school snack is Greek yogurt with berries and a little honey!!!

Tamika Oxenbridge February 21, 2018 - 10:01 PM

My kids love seasonal fruit, cracker, veggie sticks and dip, and coconut and mango icypoles

Lee February 21, 2018 - 10:15 PM

My kids love nothing more than coming home to a fresh baked banana muffin. Happiness!

Farah Dyer-Steel February 21, 2018 - 10:38 PM

Hello Katrina. Greetings from Tamborine Mountain *waves*. My 12 yo boy has autism and has a decided preference for fresh fruit and produce that is GREEN in colour. So, summer snacks after school? Crunchy sweet green grapes or sliced green apple. He will actually eat red apple but not if he’s seen you peel the coloured skin!

Louise February 21, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Great after school snack – home made icy poles with fruit juice and berries! Yum!

Hayley February 21, 2018 - 11:59 PM

The teenagers in our household love homemade sausage rolls for an afternoon snack before dinner. I’ve taken to making then freezing them before baking so they can be baked fresh!

Aimee February 22, 2018 - 12:42 AM


Mallory Rakoz February 22, 2018 - 1:55 AM

Believe it or not green beans and ketchup.

Ivy February 22, 2018 - 5:25 AM

My kids love to dip crusty fresh bread into really fruity olive oil and then dip this into a bowl of dukkah.

We used to buy small backs of dukkah as a treat, but it’s so expensive! So now we use the blender to cheaply make big stashed of our own. I also make a nut free version so it can go into lunchboxes too.

Hey, the comments form was really lost at the end of all these comments on my phone. Any chance of placing it immediately beneath the article? So much scrolling to find it!

Jacqui February 22, 2018 - 8:20 AM

My kids love it when I make finger buns!

Mandy February 22, 2018 - 8:39 AM

Master 15 now has his dinner when he gets home from school. He’s has a light breakfast and lunch because he rather play soccer instead and I don’t get home till 7 pm. So my amazing mother make him dinner it works out well because mum and dad like to eat early! We usual just have breakfast at night. You know I’d give her the $150 because with out her we’d both be lost (love you mummy)

Kristy Williams February 22, 2018 - 9:17 AM

My kids love mini pizza for cooler afternoons and fruit salad for summer

Julie collins February 22, 2018 - 10:59 AM

My kids love banana muffins, watermelon, grapes, finger buns or icy poles (on a really hot summer day!)

Jennifer Faggotter February 22, 2018 - 11:40 AM

My children love to have a plate of assorted foods. Some left overs, cut up fruit, cucumber sticks and dip. Other times, they reach straight for the cereal!

Rachel February 22, 2018 - 12:24 PM

2 minutes noodles straight out of the packet! Crunchy and delicious!!

Fiona Webb February 22, 2018 - 5:08 PM

We have 12 hungry children ready for a snack after school so it is hard to decide on a favourite but they get to choose from:

A- Almonds
F – Fruit kebabs
T – toast and vegemite
E- Eggs
R – Roll-ups
N – nuts
O – oranges
O – Oat cookies
N – noodles

T – Thin vegies sticks
E – energy bars
A – Apple

With so many choices its hard to decide on a favourite.


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