Back to School Lunch Ideas and Tips

Back to School Lunch Ideas and Tips

Ever start thinking of school lunches and wonder what the heck you’re going to pack? Well here are some great back to school lunch ideas and a few tips that might help you out!

My son isn’t quite ready for kindergarten yet but will be there next year and we’ve already exhausted a few great ideas for toddler lunches at home. So I’m trying to gather a bunch of ideas and tips so that when I am packing his lunch I can pack something that he’ll enjoy and actually eat. Good thing I have a whole year to figure this stuff out, right?

Ok, I’m not going to spend the whole year working on this. But I did start practicing by packing lunches for us to take with us on his days off preschool. When we’re heading out to the zoo, playing at the park, or heading to the beach, I’ve been able to pack lunches for him and his sister that they both enjoy. And here’s what I found… (some of the links included are affiliate links to Amazon)

Back to School Lunch Ideas and Tips

Back to School Lunch Ideas and Tips - cheese & crackers

Include fruit and veggie kabobs for a fun way to enjoy food!

Get Creative with the Presentation

Gone are the days of plastic sandwich bags and plastic pudding cups. With an effort to provide my kids with tasty school lunches that are also somewhat healthy (with the added treat thrown in every once in a while) I’ve started to think outside of the box when preparing their meals.

I’ve started to use BPA-free containers to pack everything up together so I don’t have to use bags. And when I do use bags I use the cloth ones. I have also been using cupcake liners to hold snacks and whatnot next to their main meals inside the containers.

Another great way to make fruit and veggies more appetizing is to create fruit and veggie kabobs. I made some peanut butter and banana sandwiches and used a blunt tooth pick to hold them together. The kids LOVED it and ate all of their fruit.

Back to School Lunch Ideas and Tips - ham sandwich

Use a sandwich press to make pocket sandwiches

Make Meals Fun

My husband and I were at Big Lots a few days ago and I found the most awesome tool for sandwich prep… a sandwich sealer! You know, the kind that makes homemade uncrustables? Pocket sandwiches that keep everything in so the contents don’t slide around and get on everything else. No one wants jelly on their cheese stick. The best part? It was like $1.20!

I’ve also invested in a few sandwich shape cutters like this cute dino cutter as well as a few other shapes. But a friend of mine, Jen of My Leilaland, started using cookie cutters to cut her daughter’s sandwiches. How genius is that? And so easy! So when my daughter wants her sandwich cut into a heart I don’t have to go searching for a heart sandwich cutter. I just grab the cookie cutters for Valentine’s Day.

Back to School Lunch Ideas and Tips - peanut butter dinos

Freeze your juice drinks to act as ice packs

Freeze Juice Boxes and Yogurt Tubes

Afraid perishables won’t stay chilly with just one ice pack? Freeze juice drinks and yogurts and use them in addition to your ice packs to assure that everything stays the temperature it should be. My kids love the slushy effect freezing their drinks has while the drink thaws out throughout the day.

Worried it’ll stay frozen? Pack water! That way they can drink their water with lunch and enjoy their juice later in the day. And if the yogurt stays frozen no one will complain. Who wouldn’t want frozen yogurt in their lunch?

Back to School Lunch Ideas and Tips - pepperoni roll ups

Think outside the box when it comes to sandwiches – tortilla roll ups are a huge hit in our home.

Need more great ideas? Here are some articles from fellow bloggers to help make your kids lunches the best!

And don’t forget a sweet note to tell them how much you care! Download this cute lunch note printable and include a personalized message to let your child know you’re thinking of them throughout the day.

What is your child’s favorite lunch item?

This post was originally published on August 23rd, 2013

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  1. Ok first, her HAIR is the cutest EVER! Oh and I love the lunchbox, too.. 🙂 My boys are good ‘ol pb&j fans but I bet they would go crazy over those pepperoni and cheese roll-ups!

  2. Great ideas! My kids would love these ideas. Especially the dino sandwiches. Too cute!!

  3. Those look like great lunches! I kind of miss packing lunches for Laila.

  4. I love how you make lunch so fun and healthy! PB&J will always be popular at my house, but I try to mix things up a bit.

  5. That looks like a great, tasty lunch. My daughter is 16 and she still loves any kind of cheese stick as well as fruit for lunch.

  6. Love these ideas. Although my boys are not in school yet these are great for here at home too. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Looks healthy and what the kids would eat! I love the mickey cheese. Too cute!

  8. The peanutbutter dinos are so cute. You’ve got a lot of great ideas here, pinned for later. Thanks 🙂

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