This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Disney. All opinions are entirely my own. Back to school is an exciting time but getting back into a routine can be a bit of work. Figuring out how to make packing lunch for school easier is the key to getting the school days off to a great start!
If you’re looking for ways to make school lunches easier and to get your kids more involved, check out these easy tips! They work in our house!
PACKING LUNCH FOR SCHOOL
School lunch is just part of family life. My son is a picky eater so he doesn’t ever buy lunch at school. The magic all has to happen at home. Carrigan doesn’t have the option to buy lunch at school yet, so she’s also packing lunch every single day.
Two lunches to pack each day means we need ways to make it easy and ways to keep it interesting too! I’m working on getting the kids to do most of packing lunch for school on their own which means I have to get them involved!
GET THE KIDS INVOLVED
Get them involved in putting together their own lunch. This takes care of any issues they might be having with what is being sent to school in their lunchbox. If you have picky eaters, this can also help ensure that they’re actually eating most of their lunch.
I speak from experience.
You can let them have as much responsibility as they’re ready for. We have a shelf in our pantry with the things for lunch on it and the kids know to pick one thing from each area to add to their lunches.
They do the same thing with refrigerated items too. It means that both kids can help with their own lunches while I do things like sandwiches or heating up food to put in Carrigan’s thermos.
MAKE LUNCH THE NIGHT BEFORE
I loved having the kids help out but sometimes mornings can be a little chaotic, so doing as much as we can the night before has proven to be the best approach to making lunch for school easy.
Being flexible is definitely the key to making lunch packing easy while still getting the kids involved.
Once you have them involved in packing lunch for school, help them take ownership by giving them options. This doesn’t mean they can just choose anything they want though! (My kids tried to pull that one on me — I’ll make my lunch, mom!) Some of the examples I use include:
- Choice of sandwich
- Choice of crackers/chips
- Choice of fruit/applesauce pouch
- Choice of yogurt/string cheese
- Choice of fruit snacks
- Choice of drink
You don’t have to offer a choice in every area! But giving them a few decisions to make is a great way to keep them involved and encourage them to have input into the lunch making process. It makes things way easier than listening to them complain that they didn’t want what you packed!
MAKE PACKING LUNCH FOR SCHOOL FUN
I know in our house, school lunch can get a bit monotonous. Weston is a picky eater and his school is a nut-free campus so his options are on the limited side. So sometimes lunch starts to feel a bit repetitive. Adding in some pops of fun can be a great way to keep everyone excited about lunch at school.
I find it’s easier to pack the lunches when we have some special things to include and I think he enjoys it when he opens his lunchbox at school.
One thing I like to do is add a little note to his lunchbox. You can find a lot of printable lunchbox notes or even school jokes to print out. Or you can just go the basic route and handwrite a little note.
The other thing I like to do is buy lunch items that feature the things my kids love. When we spotted Disney Frozen® String Cheese at our local store during our recent grocery shopping trip at H-E-B, I knew it would be an easy way to add a pop of fun to lunches. My kids are both huge fans of Disney movies and they enjoy string cheese, so it made perfect sense.
Disney Frozen String Cheese is available in the dairy section or the snacking cheese area of the cheese aisle. We found ours near the other cheese at our H-E-B.
The kids love seeing familiar characters and I love having a great lunchbox option. I also use the string cheese for easy snacks when we’re headed out the door.
Since it’s made with milk, it’s a good source of calcium and protein. I feel great about letting them snack on it and they enjoy their snack! It’s a win for all of us!
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