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A Is for Ants-Go-Munching

Snacks for letter A - Ants Go Munching

Your kids are going to LOVE this fun (and kind of gross) snack idea!

Like most of our ABC Snacks, this one pairs healthy yet yummy eating with a hands-on recipe that preschoolers can help create. Include foods from every food group and Appetizing Ants-Go-Munching can become a tasty lunch instead of just a snack.

The built-in flexibility of this snack makes it a great one for children with allergies and food sensitivities. There’s plenty of room for creativity—and of course, there’s lots of room for fun.

Nobody likes to have uninvited guests at a picnic, but this is one lunch that won’t be ruined by the ants!

Ingredients for Ants Go Marching snack Children sorting through fruit and veggies

Appetizing Ants-Go-Munching

Print Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need to make this snack for one child:

  • Muffin tin with six compartments
  • Six kid-friendly food options: lunch meat, mac-n-cheese, cheese slices or cubes, carrot sticks, celery sticks, ranch dip, peanut butter, apple slices, grapes, berries, cookies, apple sauce, pudding, pretzel sticks, etc.
  • Ants: any small, dark food like raisins, craisins, sunflower seeds, mini chocolate chips, blueberries, etc.

Directions:

  1. Place a muffin liner in each compartment of the muffin tin.
  2. Fill each compartment with a single food option.
  3. Create a munching army of ants using the ant of your choice from the list above. Make sure your ants munch their way through all your food options.

Variations:

  • Be creative! Any food can be substituted for the foods suggested above.
  • This recipe can easily be altered to fit special food needs and personal preferences.
Children assembling ABC snack Children adding chocolate chip "ants"

Teaching Tips

  • As you and your child arrange your army of ants, practice saying /ă/–/ă/–appetizing ants together.
  • Can your preschooler create the letter A out of your imaginary ants?
  • Sing the traditional “Ants Go Marching” song together as you work. Here’s a book that might help.
  • Download ABC Snacks: Tips for Working on Pre-Reading Skills for more teaching tips.
Children enjoying snack

Want More Snacks for Letter A?

Find snacks for letter A and more with the ABC Snacks Cookbooks series that includes more than 40 snack recipes for your preschoolers!

Free ABC Snacks Cookbook

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Marta

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What cute idea! I really appreciate the additional ideas you all share on the blog. We love this program!

Robin E.

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I’m glad you enjoy the blog, Marta! Thank you.

Jeanne

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This is such a cool idea! They learn letters, music, art and more!

Amber

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So much better than ants on a log! my kids will love

Robin E.

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Thank you, Amber!

Meggie Weston

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Love this idea! I will definitely use this with my kindergartner!

Amanda King

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This looks like fun, we might try it out this year!

Robin E.

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I hope you enjoy it, Amanda! 😊

Rachel Bradley

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LOVE this idea! I am always trying to find creative ways for my kids to eat healthier! Thanks for the tip!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Rachel! I like that this “recipe” can be easily adapted for different foods depending on what is in season or what your child likes.

Kristen

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How fun! 😀

Pauline

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We make a similar snack at our house with an ice cube tray. Next time I’ll try putting the raisin around as 🐜 ! Great idea!

Robin E.

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Glad you like it, Pauline!

Bri

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What a fun idea! Looking forward to trying this with my little ones.

Cassia

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Such a fun idea, thank you

Judith Martinez

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This is so much fun! I was amazed at how much my 8 year old loved “ants on a log.” I’ll bet she’d enjoy this as well.

Robin E.

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Yes, if a kid enjoys ants on a log, this will be a big treat! Enjoy!

LeeAnne Contreras

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Love this idea! My first son loved the PreReading set and I know my second son will too! I am definitely trying this idea because we love this song!

Annalisa

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I like the idea of adding a food component…which can lead to cooking and measurement!

Stephanie

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My kids would love this activity!

Clarissa Hiciano

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My children would love this!

Nadya

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Love these tips! Thank you for sharing :)

Sarah

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My preschooler would love this idea!

Nicole G

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I love this idea, but I’d hate to wash 4-6 muffin pans.

Maureen

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We’ve enjoyed the snack ideas and pairing them with the alphabet.

Angela Gay

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So cute! Can’t wait to make this for my girls.

Stacey Barr

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Love your boOKS :)

Julia Cosgrove

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My sons absolutely love this and it was a good start for my son whose name begins with A.

Aimee

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My children want to try all the foods in your alphabet series! These are great ideas for winter boredom, too!

Rachel

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Thank you for this great resource!

Jessica

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This looks like a fun and yummy dish to make with my child! Thanks for sharing!

megan dolson

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This looks so yummy. The kids will love it, can’t wait to try!

Joanie

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We will have to try this!!

Barbie Castor

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Such a cute idea. My kids would love this.

Mumtaz

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I love your idea.

Judith Martinez

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These are so fun! I pinned the main page so I can go back and refer to it. Thank you for sharing!!

Lael Boyce

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Very cute idea!

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