Last year, Nancy wrote about easy ways to spruce up school lunch. With so many of brainstorming lunch these days, we decided to republish her super helpful post. (I bought a few of her product suggestions, and I still use everything she recommended, including the joke book — the best!) See her ideas below. Also, for a list of really great school lunch ideas, I’ve been referring to 100 Days of Real Food’s awesome list. That is one creative mom; she does so much with leftovers.
Jigsaw Puzzle Sandwich Cutter
There are lots of cool sandwich shape cutters out there, but I particularly love this puzzle shapes cutter. When your sandwich is a working jigsaw puzzle, it almost doesn’t matter what’s inside!
We discovered these Rei sporks when we received one in a goody bag from a birthday party last year, and since then I’ve gotten a few more. They’re as amusing to the kids as they are useful.
We invested in a Bentgo kids bento box lunch box last fall, and it’s still very much in use. I just bought a second one. There’s something really satisfying and fun about filling all the little compartments with a variety of foods!
Kids’ Lunch Cookbook
There’s no shortage of lunchbox ideas on Pinterest (like the Kitchn one shown at top), but sometimes it’s just easier to have a cookbook in the kitchen that the kids can pore through. The Best Homemade Kids Lunches on the Planet by Laura Fuentes offers a range of nutritious ideas that don’t get too crazy or complicated.
Lunch Box Joke Notes
My kids are both really into the jokes that you find on the back of juice boxes or on Popsicle sticks. So it was perfect when I found these books of tear-out jokes that you can pop into their lunch boxes for fun. I only wish I were there to see them read the notes and share them with their friends!