Aug 20, 2014 Post By: Children's Health

How to Make Butterfly Clothespin Snack Bags
Children's medical curiosity Center Dallas has a way you can encourage healthy snacking by letting your kids decorate wooden clothespins to create fun snack bag clips

After school is out, many kids head straight for the kitchen for an afternoon snack. Cookies and ice cream are always enticing, but what if you could find a way to offer a healthier alternative that’s fun to make?

Local Certified Nutritional Chef Alyssia Webb Birnbaum from Mama’s Gotta Eat says that with a few art supplies and a little creativity, your kids can make a butterfly clothespin (or a whole kaleidoscope of them) to use to create fun and functional snack bags. Really, any creative design will do, so get inspired.

That way next time your kids are tearing through your kitchen looking for an after-school snack, they may look forward to deconstructing their project from the day before.

Creating a Butterfly Clothespin Snack Bag


  • Dry snacks, like crackers, popcorn dried fruits or pretzels
  • Fresh snacks, like baby tomatoes, grapes, orange slices, strawberries or carrot sticks
  • Wooden clothespins
  • Art supplies
  • Snack-sized bags


  1. First off, these butterflies are going to look like moths unless your kids get to decorating these clothespins with markers, glitter glue (I’m sorry, but it’s necessary) and googly eyes.
  2. Once the decorating's done, fill the snack bags with the ingredients, separating the fresh ingredients from the dry ones on either side of the bag.
  3. Now, clip the butterfly clothespin work of art in the middle of the bag.
  4. It’s that easy!


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