Make Your Own Mini PB&J Finger Foods Perfect For Toddlers Learning To Feed Themselves!

Mini PB&J Finger Foods perfect for toddlers to pick up and self feed! Great for learning to use that pincher grasp and bite size so they can easily chew them up!
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This year I have found myself in uncharted territory as a mom. I have four children, ages 1 1/2, 4 years, 5 years and 7 years old. My 4 year old has preschool all day, twice a week now which leaves me home 2 days a week with just my youngest child. That has given me the special opportunity to bond with him and have one on one time that we otherwise don’t have. I have savored this uninterrupted bonding time with him and it’s allowed me to be able to focus on these special bonding moments.

One of my favorite times is lunch time with Brady! He usually wakes up from his morning nap and then we sit down at the table and eat lunch together. It’s a fun time where we can focus on each other and have some toddler conversation. Right now he’s working on feeding himself and using his pincher grasp to pick up little foods and put them in his mouth. These mini PB&J sandwiches are his absolute favorite and not only are the perfect bite size for him, but he also gets to practice his fine motor skills while he’s eating!

Mini PB&J Finger Foods perfect for toddlers to pick up and self feed! Great for learning to use that pincher grasp and bite size so they can easily chew them up!

Want to make these fun toddler, bite size sandwiches for your little one? It’s beyond easy to do and doesn’t take much more time than making a regular sandwich does! Grab some Jif Creamy Peanut Butter, Smuckers Natural Fruit Spread, Bread and some mini cookie cutters (I used these and these pictured above).

Mini PB&J Finger Foods perfect for toddlers to pick up and self feed! Great for learning to use that pincher grasp and bite size so they can easily chew them up!

Spread the Jif Creamy Peanut Butter on both sides of bread which helps keep the jelly from squeezing out the top of the bread when you cut them into little shapes.

Mini PB&J Finger Foods perfect for toddlers to pick up and self feed! Great for learning to use that pincher grasp and bite size so they can easily chew them up!

Then spread a thin layer of Smuckers Natural Fruit Spreads onto one side of the sandwich. I love using Smucker’s Natural Fruit Spreads because they are made with non-GMO ingredients from natural sources, real sugar, and no preservatives.

Mini PB&J Finger Foods perfect for toddlers to pick up and self feed! Great for learning to use that pincher grasp and bite size so they can easily chew them up!

Now begin cutting out your little bite size shapes with your mini cookie cutters. Just push down and give it a little wiggle then pop it out.

Mini PB&J Finger Foods perfect for toddlers to pick up and self feed! Great for learning to use that pincher grasp and bite size so they can easily chew them up!

Cut them as close together as possible so you don’t waste the bread.

Mini PB&J Finger Foods perfect for toddlers to pick up and self feed! Great for learning to use that pincher grasp and bite size so they can easily chew them up!

Then serve up your adorable mini PB&J sandwiches to your toddler! Aren’t they just SO cute?!

Mini PB&J Finger Foods perfect for toddlers to pick up and self feed! Great for learning to use that pincher grasp and bite size so they can easily chew them up! Mini PB&J Finger Foods perfect for toddlers to pick up and self feed! Great for learning to use that pincher grasp and bite size so they can easily chew them up!

These are by far much more appealing to Brady than a full size sandwich. The full size sandwich overwhelms him and he has a hard time biting pieces off so he just rips it apart, makes a mess and doesn’t eat much. With these bite size PB&J’s he can eat two whole sandwiches! I love sharing this PB&J moment with him as he babbles away to me just as though he was carrying on an entire conversation in another language. I know he’s telling me important things and wouldn’t it be fun to understand that baby language that is all his own? I cherish these moments for far too soon they will be gone!

How do you cherish moments with your toddler? Have you tried bite size PB&J sandwiches for lunch? 

Head to Smuckers for more fun PJ&J ideas and inspiration! 

Comments

  1. Oh my goodness, those little sandwiches are awesome toddler sized meals! They are cute and nutritious which is a total win! I can tell your little guy enjoys them. 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness, I absolutely love how cute using a cookie cutter to cut out finger sandwiches are! My kids would love little sandwiches like this!

  3. This is such a cute idea! I am sure my little niece she loves pb & j and she would love this little finger food!

  4. My kiddo would still love this! What a cute idea! I wish I would have thought of this when he was a baby! Great idea!

  5. My children are older but I think this is a great idea. The pieces are small enough and they won’t get it all over their face. The cleanup after was always so much fun.

  6. These are so cute! I used to just cut my sons PBJ in squares…how boring was I?

  7. These are simply adorable! What a fun way to make PB& J all up for little kids or even kids like mine who like to have fun with food!

  8. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    These sandwiches are perfect for my friends kids. I will have to make some for them the next time they come over for a visit.

  9. Cute snacks for a toddler play date too. Simple and yum!

  10. These are super cute. I should make them for my kids.

  11. My son would definitely enjoy this one! I Will have to make this for him.

  12. My kids loved PB&Js when they were toddlers, and still do. I would just cut them up instead using cookie cutters.

  13. My 3 year old twins eat PBJ almost daily for lunch – mainly the lick out the peanut butter lol! I bet they would love these though!

  14. Amy Desrosiers says:

    I bet my son would love these! He is so picky and starting to judge food by it’s looks!

  15. Those mini canapes for kids are adorbs. And your son makes the best model for this foodie post.

  16. PB&Js are perfect for kids! Thanks!

  17. Oh these are so cute! I have used the large cookie cutters to make a big one…but never thought to use little ones. Love the idea of bite sized! Fun idea~

  18. That idea is a win-win. I give the kids the cut out pieces and I eat the scraps. I would just want to make sure I coat the bread from edge to edge.

  19. Do you ever make them in advance? If so, how do they do? Dry out? Get mushy?

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