Originally Posted 9/5/19; Updated 8/4/20
Natural disasters are no joke! I originally wrote this post from my basement, as my family and I waited out Hurricane Dorian. We live in Wilmington, North Carolina, which is on the coast. Fortunately the state officials didn't call for an evacuation, but with tornadoes constantly passing through, we were definitely housebound...and basement-bound. Thankfully, we came out of the hurricane safe and with minimal damage! AND we had some amazing hurricane snacks to help us pass the time 🙂
Hurricane Snacks for Bored and Scared Kiddos
In addition to making sure we have all the customary essentials (water, flash lights, batteries, canned goods, etc), those of us with kiddos want to make sure we have plenty of SNACKS. Hurricane snacks for my bored, agitated and hungry kids who might feel cooped up and crazy in the house with no internet or TV.
- NO REFRIGERATION REQUIRED. In the event we lose power, our snacks have to be pantry-stable.
- HEALTHY. We don't want our kids to survive on junk food alone!
- COMMON INGREDIENTS. If you can't get to the store, you need snacks you can make with what you have on hand.
- FUN. For kids who are bored to kids who are really scared, it's helpful to have imaginative snacks that lighten the mood a bit.
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1. Apple, Raisin and Peanut Butter Smiles
This tasty and silly snack is sure to make your kids laugh! Make it even sillier by replacing one yogurt covered raisin with a plain brown one.
Instructions: Simply spread a little peanut butter on the inside to two slices of apples, stick on some yogurt covered raisins (i.e., teeth!), press the slices together, and voila, you have a silly edible smile!
2. Painted Toast!
If you are looking to use up some leftover bread, this is a fun activity and colorful snack that will definitely bring some cheer to the group!
3. Homemade Trail Mix
If you are able to get to the store, you can let your kids pick out the ingredients and make a Homemade Trail Mix. If not, you can probably hodgepodge something together from random ingredients in the pantry!
Instructions: Simply mix all your ingredients together in a large bowl and enjoy! Our original post for this snack can be found here.
4. Peanut Butter, Banana & Honey Finger Sandwiches
If you love having tea parties (like we do), this is a fun snack. Your kids can even do all the prep themselves and feel like they are the ones hosting the tea party.
Instructions: Spread some peanut butter on bread (optional: remove the crusts). Add slices of banana, a few drizzles of honey, and sprinkle with granola. Slice and serve!
5. Tomato-Peach Salsa & Tortilla Chips
We made this delicious salsa for our Baked Cod with Peach and Tomato Salsa dish and ended up dipping chips into the leftover salsa. It's incredible easy to make and requires ingredients that don't need to be refrigerated. We realize peaches aren't something super common to have around the house. So, you can swap the peaches for grapes, apples, or any other sweet fruit.
Instructions: Combine 1/4 t salt with 2 chopped peaches (ripe and pitted), 2 chopped medium tomatoes and one chopped onion. Mix in 3 T of lime juice and some cilantro and you have your salsa! We love dipping Food Should Taste Good Multigrain Tortilla Chips into this salsa!
6. Whole Grain Bread with Butter, Sugar & Cinnamon
This snack is so simple that kids can put it together on their own. Our mom used to make this for us when we were kids and I'm happy to continue the tradition!
Instructions: Spread butter onto some whole grain bread. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon! Note: While we usually keep our butter in the fridge, we know if we lose power because of a storm our butter will be okay at room temperature for a day or so.
Dreaming of winter? This activity will be a great distraction from a hurricane!
Instructions: Pierce a pretzel stick through three marshmallows to form a snowman. Break a pretzel in half and secure the pieces to the side of the snowman to form his arms. Now time to decorate! Use a Mike and Ike or other candy of choice for you snowman's nose, add some eyes and buttons (chocolate chips work great for this!), and voila...your own little Olaf 🙂 Original instructions for this activity can be found here.