Whether school has already started in your area or is starting soon, one thing other than school supply shopping is always on our minds as parents, packing an exciting lunch that our kids will actually eat. I don’t know about you, but my kiddo is one of the pickiest around. He would have the same lunch every day if I let him so I have had to get creative. And, no I don’t just mean with the ingredients! Before you pack the same you pack the same old PB&J sandwich, take a look at the top 10 creative school lunch options we found to help you find some inspiration of your own.
10 Creative Back to School Lunch Ideas
Send in a delicious Kid Friendly Turkey Sandwich with a secret message! If your little one never sees your lunchbox notes, this is a creative way to get noticed. That’s what what Living Sweet Moments did for her kindergartner and she loved it!
Try sending in a Kid Approved Pasta Salad that they can assemble themselves like Shaken Together. – Sending something your kiddo can assemble and customize themselves is a great way to get them to eat something you may not even know they like let alone love.
Pepperoni Pizza Bites, need we say more?! – This recipe from Dinner then Dessert is a cross between a pizza bagel and a pizza muffin so you know it will be a hit. Plus, what kid doesn’t like having pizza for lunch?!
Change out PB&J without being to drastic. – If you have a really picky eater that really only like PB&J try sending it in a new way to change things up. This Peanut Butter, Strawberry and Banana Quesadilla from Texanerin might just be the change you are looking for without going to far.
Try sending in a fun shaped sandwich to break up the norm. – Sometimes it’s as easy as changing up the shape of your kiddos traditional lunch to make the feel like its brand new. These Hungry Hippo Sandwiches from Two Healthy Kitchens are cute enough (and healthy enough) to do the trick!
If you forgot to make something the night before for your kiddos lunch, Pizza Dippers are a great option that you can throw together in the morning! – When you have an “Oh no, I didn’t make anything.” moment, Pizza Dippers from Finding Zest are going to be your new best friend! Your kids will love them and can even help you get them together in the morning!
Speaking of that “Oh no” moment, wouldn’t it be nice to just have something to throw in the lunchbox right from the freezer? – Homemade Uncrusables are not only great to customize with whatever your kids love (like peanut butter & honey, Nutella, and more), but they are a lifesaver because you can make a whole batch and just toss them into the freezer until you need them! They are also way cheaper to make yourself then buy in the store!
Making sure your little one has a lunch they will actually eat and enjoy is essential to their successful school day. Sometimes it can be as simple as cutting something in a fun shape to make your kiddo more likely to eat it. Change up the old routine and try one of these 10 creative lunch ideas today!
Have something fun you do with your kiddos lunch? Show us in the comments below!