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Guys. The sun is shining. It’s beaming in the windows in my house, and while spring might not be quite upon us yet, it’s just over the horizon. I’m not sure I’ve ever been in such dire need of a few minutes outside with my kiddos. No screens, no phones–just a fun, sunshiny day with some simple feel-good moments starring one of our very favorite snacks–Goldfish® crackers! When I was at Walmart grabbing our snacks yesterday, I even picked up a bag of bouncy balls so we could turn snacktime into activity time with a good old-fashioned game of back-porch Jacks!
The Snack That Smiles Back®
Why do we love Goldfish® crackers so much? Well, not only are they the perfect go-to for snacking and even mealtime, but they come in so many flavors and varieties to keep life’s little moments wholesome and fun. There are few snacks that can spark joy, one smile at a time, in so many different ways – from a simple pocket-friendly snack at a soccer game, to the perfect party snack mix, and even an activity that provides a little quality screen-free time along with a few giggles for the whole family.
Goldfish Cracker “Jacks”
Do you remember Jacks? A quick and easy childhood game that teaches fine motor skills and hand/eye coordination, while keeping kids focused on fun instead of on a screen.
What you’ll need:
- clean, flat surface like a cutting board or placemat
- one small bouncy ball for each player
- Goldfish Colors crackers
Toss a coin to decide who goes first. Spread Goldfish crackers out on the flat surface. Player 1 tosses the ball into the air, picking up one cracker and catching the ball after it bounces one time. Continue picking up crackers one at a time. Your turn continues until you miss the ball, fail to pick up a cracker, or drop a cracker. Your turn is then over and the next person goes.
Each player keeps the crackers they pick up, and snacktime is ON!
For a fun variation on the game, choose each player’s favorite color and let them try to “catch” only those. The best part about this game is that Mom or Dad can decide the portion sizes, and kids get to enjoy gametime with Goldfish. Sharing is encouraged!