What I’m Making: Cupboard Clean Out Mix

With childcare, the kiddos are always wanting things to be fair.  I don’t blame them, I wish things could be fair too.  But, it can’t always happen and that is just part of life…


I figured out how to make snacks fair.  I had two boxes of cereal that didn’t have enough cereal in either to feed the kids.  I wanted to get it used up so for a snack one day I pulled out the cereal and some other goodies.
I put the cereal in a ziplock bag.  I added some of the other goodies…animal crackers, Reese’s pieces, marshmallows, and chocolate chips.  You can really add any combo of things.   Once in the bag, I shook it up…

I served it in bowls like this…

The kids had no idea they were eating leftovers.  The “snacks” looked entirely fair although one kiddo thought they didn’t have as many marshmallows as another…kids will be kids.

I’ve done this for years.  It’s a great way to use up anything that only has a little bit in it.  I’ve added popcorn to the mix or crackers.  Really anything that’s dry and snack type food works.  You’re going to get a few kids that pick out and eat some things but not others.  But, for the most part, this is always a big hit with the kids!

You’ll have to give it a try.

7 thoughts on “What I’m Making: Cupboard Clean Out Mix”

  1. I do this with my daycare also, but, I use a big bowl. The kids help me dump all the almost gone goodies in and then they get to take turns stirring with my big wooden spoon. The kids think it’s lots of fun.

  2. We call this gorp. Back when we could have treats at school, each child would be assigned a snack food to bring in and we would mix it up in a big bowl and them use paper cups to serve it in. The children loved it. We would make this for class parties, the 100th day of school, or on class movie day. Now because of food allergies, we can’t share food. They can only bring a snack for themselves.

  3. Cheryl in St Paul

    You do such a wonderful job of childcare. You are so clever and there’s so much love in your heart and home. Would you have an opening, for a girl who plays nicely, isn’t a picky eater, is potty trained, likes to nap and would benefit from your environment? She is 71 and she is me!

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