The New Year has officially begun and with it comes the responsibility of creating fun school lunches my girls will want to eat. Our school is quite strict and won’t allow the children to trade lunches but we’ve often experienced school lunches coming home half eaten because the girls “didn’t like it”.
This month I’ve involved the girls and with the help of a package given to us by Snack Pack it’s gotten easier.I was invited to be a part of Snack Packs “No Tradesies” blog tour and they sent over some tools to help us:
- two delicious flavors of Snack Pack pudding
- Lunch Punch Sandwich Cutters
- Happy Spoon
- mini portable travel speaker
- lunch bag consisting of a cooler bag and four leak-proof, compartmentalized food containers
Let’s get real here folks, it’s not simple to come up with healthy, entertaining and delicious school lunch ideas. I think I’ve finally found the key, getting the kids involved! It didn’t hurt that they had music playing while they were helping…but hey I can get into that as well.
Sydney really enjoyed choosing the shape her sandwich would be cut into, especially when she got to use some brute force!
If you don’t have the special sandwich shape cutters we’re using you can easily achieve a fun shape using cookie cutters. This really is a treat for the kids when they aren’t expecting it in their school lunches.
Each girl has chosen their school lunch, right down to type of bread. I was impressed that they put time and consideration into the balance of fruit and veggies.
The Snack Packs make a tasty treat to finish off their lunches and thankfully they didn’t argue over the adorable Happy Spoon because we had 1 other special mini spoon.
They made use of all the space in the lunch container, explaining to me they didn’t like when strawberries touch the bread and make it pink. BRAVO!
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Haylie Langwald says
I make a big batch of smoothies and pour them into the small Glad rounds. Throw them into the freezer and in the morning take one out. By lunchtime, it’s thawed!
An awesome school means a lunch that I didn’t throw together last minute! So we prep the night before and make sure to include healthy and fun snacks.
I separate out the fruit, snacks, and etc into small baggies for the entire week. That way in the morning it’s either to throw it all together.
Debbie W says
Notes are always fun.
cut the sandwiches with cookie cutters
Tabitha P. says
we do lunch meat wrapped in tortillas
Brandi Y. says
To make my son’s lunch awesome for school, I always include a little note or a picture to make it even more special ;)
We always prepare lunches night before gets costly when all 3 kids dont like the same things …. Need some new ideas
Love those ideas above me! I have to agree though that a make ahead lunch is always the better lunch around here. I have the silicone muffin tins to seperate the finger foods in a sandwich holder. Home made and healthier lunchables.
belinda mcnabb says
Have your child help make their lunch. If they help they are thrilled with what they have packed and less trouble getting them to eat it
Cathy Tougher says
I always put a note in my kids lunch bag…Love ya, Work hard, Good luck on your test…or a joke or funny comic . They loved it.
leave a little encouraging note. my little one especially loves this
Diane Morgan says
I precut up my fruits and veggies on Sunday for the lunches.
I make a menu plan every Sunday and get groceries for the week – much less stressful each day!
Shari K says
Leave a little note for your child! :-)
angela m says
Write notes and make sandwiches that are shapes
Fruit lots of fruit, they love fruit.
Stephanie LaPlante says
Be creative. If it looks cool, they’ll eat it.
The kids love “themed” lunches…. e.g., the TOMATO lunch consists of spaghetti, grape tomatoes, and ketchup chips.
I invested in mini-cupcake and loaf pans. On the weekend, the kids and I will make mini cupcakes or banana/raisin/plum/peach/etc. bread and that’s what they take for lunch as dessert. Since they helped make it, they have ownership on it and I’ve only had empty lunch boxes coming home since doing this!
Homemade frozen yogurt!
jen s. says
instead of just a regular sandwich, use pita bread, or roll it up in a soft tortilla – it helps keep things a bit more interesting and fun – especially when the kids help make it and/or choose the sandwich ingredients
Anne Taylor says
Have the kids make their lunches with you!
Angela Mitchell says
One fun treat for lunch are apple sandwiches. We use our apple peeler to core and slice two apple pieces and then we put peanut butter inbetween.
I like to decorate their sandwiches with veggies so they resemble a face. I also take the kids shopping for lunch stuff and ask them to help make them with me.
I let my son help make his lunch
Brianne Hager says
I homeschool, so my kids have never had a school lunch, but they still enjoy it when I make their food fun to eat. They really like dipping apple slices into peanut butter.
Doris Calvert says
Let them help choose from options you provide.
janice budgell pollard says
A good tip I use is to let them pick what they want to pack for lunches.
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Julie G. says
Kids like things in interesting shapes. I cut cheddar cheese into fun shapes with cookie cutters.
Make the lunches look interesting, always put on new ideas, have theme lunches
Erika E says
Have the kids help shop for their own lunch items, especially the treat portion.
Lisa Smith says
Have the kids plan their meals for the week for a week
Elizabeth L says
I used to love finding a note in my lunch from one of my parents as a kid.
Lots of shapes and colours.
jodi frasier says
I cut my daughter’s sandwiches into little shapes. She gets a kick out of it..
Teresa M. says
Usually on Sundays I bake something a little more healthy. Yesterday I made Pumpkin Raisin Muffins. No white flour…only whole wheat flour and wheat bran.
Tammy Dalley says
Let the kids prepare the lunch with you and make cute shapes with their food, all kids love that!
Karry Knisley says
They make their own (with guidance) the night before
Kristi Renout says
Let them choose what goes in the lunch.
Yan D says
use shape cutters!
Jo Ann Moffatt says
For awesome school lunches I have made sandwiches and cut them into fun shapes with a cookie cutter before packing them into the lunch bags.
I try to make different types of sandwiches & wraps and add healthy snacks such as veggies with dip and yogurt and fruit.
Amy C says
They help to pick out what they like to eat.
Tina L. says
have the kids help make their lunch.
debbie s says
i love using cookie cutters for sandwiches
Lori Bazan says
I trim the crusts and cut the sandwiches with cookie cutters
Lisa Bolduc says
let the kids pick out one snack at the grocery store. add this to their lunches.
cathy canton says
I use a panini maker and make Taco Bell style crunchy wraps for the kids and they love it. It is fast and easy and you can change up the ingredients easy so they don’t get bored.
Sunshine G says
Make them look cool!
Andrew B says
Give a few dip options or flavoring options, like various dressings for salads or vegetables, or peanut butter for celery or apples!
Brenda Penton says
Instead of buying Lunch-Mates, you can make your own. It is cheaper and healthier. I make my own version of the pizza ones all the time for the kids.
Karla Sceviour says
The only tip I have is to get the kids involved,let them choose what they want,,my son wants a bologna or cheese sandwich every day,,so I really dont have any awesome ideas! lol
elaine bolduc says
i get the containers with dividers in them from the dollar store and i put several different foods in each spot. sandwiches get boring so i put different food in the lunch and often a thermos is great for something really different. and always a little note of praise goes a long way.
I bought them special cars and Spider-Man Tupperware containers so they enjoy opening and using them in their lunch.
choices, and small portions. I let my son’s be part of the lunch making process so they can help pick what goes in it :)
lori butler says
allow the kids in the kitchen to help prepare their lunches
I let my kids help choose what to pack in their lunches!
Carol Denny says
If the kids help make the lunch they will think its awsome and more likely to eat it.
Florence C says
Have fun littlte them help you to prepare the lunches
I often include short notes or jokes to cheer them up on a boring day.
Victoria Ess says
Change it up and pack one “treat” that your kid likes!
Adriana F says
A fun lunch box
Little Miss Kate says
planning ahead, and getting the kids to help pack their own lunches
I love the sandwich cutters! Anything to make school lunches easier!!!
nichol tone says
leave them a little note
Heather Stanley says
We have a very picky eater so it is always a challenge but better now that he is active in prepping and packing his lunch :)
Kelly D says
My tip is to include a frozen yogurt that will thaw so the child can enjoy it.
Susan Broughton says
I put a small surprise or note to say I love you
kelly nicholson says
Give me a tip for awesome school lunches in the comments
yeah..dont eat the crap the school offers
Jackie Phipps says
I use plastic reusable containers that have sections for different things. I always let them decide what they want to put in their lunch by having healthy options on hand
alena svetelska says
i try to make it fun with cutouts etc…and have them help pack it to ensure they get stuff they want! :)
Jennifer A. says
I pack crackers and I use cookie cutters on hard cheese to cut out shapes also when I cut an apple I use lemon juice and pour it over it and then use an elastic band to keep it together so it doesn’t turn brown.
Shapes like hearts are fun!
yogurt, fruit, and a small sandwich
David Haug says
Ask your kids what they want from a list of healthy items that the LIKE eating.
Jody @ Mommy Moment says
It’s so much fun to get the kids involved in making their lunches!! #NoTradesies for sure :)
Ester G says
Cut sandwiches into funny shapes using cookie cutters
Amber Y says
Small toys can make lunch a little more fun.
Brooke Adametz says
Bring the kids shopping so they can help make decisions on what they want and learn how to make good food choices!
I’ve made monster sandwiches. you cut a mouth in the sandwich top piece, use cheese for teeth, I’ve used sausage for ears, raisin pock marks, etc. I’m not the best creative lunch maker, but this one gets my son to eat things he might not normally eat because it’s a ‘cool’ sandwich.
holly messana says
the best thing is allowing the children to pick out what they want to eat, then nothing gets wasted.