Besides art class, my favorite subject in school, was lunchtime. It’s sad, but true. And to be honest, it really didn’t have much to do with the actual food part. I enjoyed it the most, because that was the time when you really made friends. Sitting around, sharing food that your Mom or Dad had packed, eating, laughing and socializing.
As a kid, my lunches were always made for me. I don’t think I ever realized how much work actually went INTO making my lunch, until I became a Mom myself. This year my kiddos will be going to school ALL day. This means that I’ll have to start doing a little more planning and prep work on my part, if my kids want to take lunch to school, instead of buying it. So I’ve gathered up a few fun AND useful ideas for parents who pack their kids’ lunches!
Lunch Box Planner & Smart Snack Shopping List:
These two printables are great to have on hand. Talk about perfect planning! The best part about these two ideas, is that you can get your kids involved, no matter what age they are. By sitting down with them at the beginning of each week, and jotting down a meal plan and shopping list, the guess work of what will be in your kids’ lunches, is totally taken out of the equation. I love that!
Creative Food and Cute Lunch Boxes for Young Kids:
If you haven’t caught on to the “creative lunch food craze” then you’re missing out. Mom’s all over the web are sharing fun, innovative, healthy ways to get your kiddos interested in their food. From PB&J Sushi Rolls to Sandwich shish kabobs, there are lots of different ideas to get creative with everyday lunch items.
For those Mom’s and Dad’s who have LOTS of extra time on their hands, check out these eatable works of art!
For younger kids, having a fun, cute lunchbox to carry all of their goodies in, is most of the fun! Personalized or funky shaped lunch boxes make lunchtime that much more exciting.
Thinking Outside the Bun and Chic Lunch Totes for Teenagers:
Sandwiches are great, but once kids get to a certain age, a PB&J just isn’t as satisfying as it used to be. Making grown up kids yummy, protein packed lunches like rolled up roast beef and cheddar, chicken salad pitas and Tuscan pasta with chicken and a green salad, can really help squash their hunger, and keep them fuller longer.
And just like our taste buds mature as we grow up, so does our style. Finding cool, trendy, yet functional bags for teenagers to carry around, can be the difference between taking lunch to school or not, and skipping it all together, which is never good.
Happy Meal Reminders:
No matter what age your school-goers are, including a fun, meaningful or happy personal message for them in their lunches from time to time can really put a smile on any kids face. It’s the small and simple things that help kids remember how loved and special they are. So whether it’s a handwritten note, or simply cutting their sandwich into the shape of a heart, know that those little extras never go unnoticed or forgotten.