Make crafty Butterfly Snack Packs to save 50% on packaged kids food

I was chillin’ in my grocer’s produce section the other day ’cause it was hot outside (and I like fresh vegetables). I bet you’ve done this too. While passing by the bagged salads, fresh fruit cups, and tubed yogurts I couldn’t help but notice an entire section devoted to individual packages of carrots, snap peas, and apple slices. It all looked like cute kid snack food to me.

Intrigued, I glanced at the pocket-sized produce prices. I must admit that these little single servings of fruits and veggies were pretty darn cute, and shockingly expensive. A single 65g snack pack of carrots costs $0.99, while a 5-pack of apple slices whacked my wallet for nearly $5. That’s a lot of cash to shell out for miniaturized food.

butterfly snack

There’s another way. A fun way. Ok, a very silly way to encourage the kiddlets to eat healthy snacks while cutting daily lunch box food costs. Why not make your own single serving snack packs and craft them into butterflies, monsters, or funny faces?

butterfly healthy snacks

This is silly, I know. But buying fruit, vegetables, cereal, nuts, or whatever in bulk is at least 50% cheaper than paying for pre-packaged portions. Even including the cost for the craft, you’re saving money in your food budget while getting your kids involved in a fun weekend project.

I didn’t invent these butterfly snack packs — I probably saw them flying around Pinterest.com or something. However, I am probably (one of) the first to price out these insect clips and suggest them as an alternative to pricey snack packs. Making them is simple — even a kid could do it. 😉 Here’s what you need:

healthy snacks for kids

Butterfly Snack Pack Materials:

TOTAL COST: Spend around $0.25 on crafty materials and turn a boring snack into a fun (and frugal) experience. Plus, you’re treating the kids to a reusable craft project they can take to class. Add in the cost of food, and you’re still spending about 50% less than pre-packaged snack pack portions.

snacks

Instructions:

STEP ONE: Dab some glitter glue on one side of a clothespin. Stick wiggle eyes onto gluey side of clothespin. Let dry.

STEP TWO: Fill a snack-sized Ziplock baggie with your kid’s favorite treat. Distribute snack to corners of the baggie.

STEP THREE: Clip the clothespin over the snack. Stick antennae-shaped pipe cleaner into jaws of clip. Easy.

butterflies

Now add these butterfly snack packs to your kid’s lunch box and turn their midday meal into something special. Puts butterflies in my tummy, that’s for sure.

Your two cents:

  1. Tiffany September 19th, 2011

    Great ideas and you are so right those little snack packs are really expensive. However I must confess I would probably make these little snack packs for myself verses our 11yr old son. Don’t think he would like it too much if I packed him some fruit in a cute zip lock! lol

  2. Dawn September 19th, 2011

    LOVE IT!

  3. cherie September 20th, 2011

    Totally doing this as a brownie project in conjunction with discussion about healthy foods. They’ll love it and I’ll see if I can score cheapie snack bags to send home some with each girl.
    cute idea!

  4. John September 20th, 2011

    Peanut butter and banana pinwheels look good, filling and nutritious, but I though peanut butter was virtually banned from schools these days. It seems if one kid in the school has a peanut allergy they won’t take the slightest chance that kid will come in contact with it, at least that’s the way it was in my grandson’s elementary. Otherwise lots of great ideas.

  5. Jennifer November 9th, 2011

    Totally going to do this for my day of providing snacks in my Kindergartener’s class. Question…you painted the clothes pins with the glitter glue? I’ve never even heard of glitter glue! I am new to crafting! lol I will have to see where I can get some of that! 🙂

  6. rhonda February 10th, 2012

    im gonna do it for the class at valentines day and at a card that says you give my butterflies valentine

  7. Lisa August 25th, 2012

    Seriously the most fun I’ve had with my future step-son!! Thanks!! We ended up making alien looking ones that ended up being ‘one eyed flying purple people eaters’…. which led to a whole new fun discussion!

  8. Terry-Anne September 4th, 2012

    Thank you so much for getting right into the breakdown of cost and for this better than great picture tutorial! It’s my daughter’s week to bring healthy snacks to her Montessori class and your butterfly snack packs were a hit and no brainer choice for my little girl! We’ll link to your page here when we make them and blog about it on her site this week. Thank you again.

  9. cam September 19th, 2012

    I will put masking tape on the clothespin instead of glitterglue it will be easier. ( Excuse my english )

  10. Cheley August 23rd, 2013

    Plan on using this for treats for my first graders birthday at school. the teacher as asked for fruits and veggies not cookies or cupcakes

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