19 Ideas to Make School Lunch WAY More Fun
1. Origami Notes: We used to love getting notes from mom or dad in our school lunches, but now you can up your note game by using patterned paper and folding those notes into origami shapes!
2. Fruit Stickers ($1): Promote healthy eating by slipping some of these stickers into your kiddies’ lunchboxes. After they eat their daily fruit, they can proudly walk around with one of these puppies stuck to their shirts!
3. Loveable Lunch Money: Fold that lunch money into an origami heart to send your kids off to school with a little extra love.
4. DIY Alphabet Crackers: Bust out that edible ink and get to writing on those Wheat Thins! These alphabet crackers will have your little ones practicing their spelling even during their lunch breaks.
5. Puzzle Sandwich Cutter ($16): All kids (and even adults) love a good puzzle. Cut their sandwiches into puzzle pieces using this crust-removing sandwich cutter and we bet they eat the whole thing.
6. Fairy Bread: This fairy bread is made with peanut butter (or Nutella) and sprinkles. Talk about magical!
7. Minion Lunch: When all else fails, a minion-themed lunch will pump up the fun. After all, those minions are anything but boring.
8. Optical Illusion Lunch Box Notes: These optical illusion notes will have your kiddies and their friends seeing all kinds of fun and weird things!
9. Fruit Roll-Up Fortune Cookies: Fruit roll-ups are a blast on their own, but to make lunch exponentially more fun, write tiny fortunes and fold those roll-ups into bright red fortune cookies for a sweet surprise!
10. Printable Lunch Box Brain Teasers: Keep those young minds at work, even over lunch!
11. Confetti Paper Hearts: How fun is this?! Send your little cutie a paper heart and imagine their joy when they rip it open and confetti flies out!
12. Lunchbox Jokes: Lunchbox jokes are a great way to get your little ones socializing over lunch. They’ll start telling these jokes in the cafeteria, and before you know it, they’ll be the class comic!
13. Cheese Monsters: We love these little Babybel cheese monsters! They are so cute and super easy to whip up.
14. DIY Lego Lunchboxes: If you have a little engineer in the making, DIY this LEGO lunchbox so they can practice their building skills over a nice PB+J.
15. Printable Lunchbox Notes: These printable notes are an easy way to add a little something special to your kids’ lunches.
16. DIY Lunchables: We all remember those sodium-laden Lunchables we begged our parents for. If your little ones have taken up the plea, DIY this pizza lunchable to help satisfy their craving!
17. Lunch Bag Drawings: A great cartoon goes a long way, especially when it’s drawn on your little ones’ brown bag lunches! We bet they don’t throw those brown paper bags away after all the food is gone.
18. Banana Notes: Leave a positive message on your kiddies’ bananas to remind them they can do anything they set their minds to!
19. Lunch Survey: We all benefit from a bit of feedback. Why not tuck this lunch survey into your kids’ lunches to find out how you’re doing with those sammies and such?
32 Fun School Lunch Ideas
I know… coming up with yummy and interesting school lunch ideas every single day is hard. That’s why I'm here to help! Here are 32 seriously delish treats your little ones will gobble right up. Not only are they easy to make, but most of them are also pretty darn healthy, too. Hey, we won’t tell if you don’t!
20. Monster Sandwiches: A ham and cheese sandwich is a classic option, but why not change things up and turn that ham + cheese sammie into a monster, complete with olive eyes?
21. Veggie Hummus Wraps: This good-for-you hummus wrap is super tasty and packed with veggies. Pair it with some fresh fruit and whole wheat crackers for a healthful school lunch.
22. Sandwich Kebabs: Forget the typical sandwich format. Instead, skewer squares of whole wheat bread, heart-shaped cheese chunks, lettuce, tomato and your kiddies’ favorite protein to create these fun deconstructed sammies.
23. Coconut Oat-Crusted Chicken Nuggets: All kids (and most adults) love chicken nuggets. Next time your little one has a craving for some nuggz, try this better-for-you oat-crusted nugget recipe, complete with pomegranate dipping sauce.
24. Peanut Butter, Banana and Strawberry Quesadillas: These sweet quesadillas are an awesome alternative to the classic PB+J. For an extra special treat, spread on a layer of Nutella!
25. Homemade Fruit Roll Ups: Bye, bye, artificial dyes! These homemade rollups are made with only two ingredients — fresh fruit and sugar.
26. Blueberry and Pomegranate Smoothie: If your little one doesn’t like snacking on whole pieces of fruit, think about whipping up a sweet fruit smoothie, like this antioxidant-packed blueberry and pomegranate blend, in their thermos.
27. Raspberry Oatmeal Cookies: These cookies look so darn good that we just might make them for our own office lunches!
28. Homemade Lunchables: The allure of Lunchables may be strong, but this unhealthy lunch option isn’t going to make it into our kiddies’ lunchboxes no matter how much they plead with us! Instead, we’ll be creating our own Lunchables-inspired pack, complete with whole wheat crackers and fresh fruit.
29. Veggie Spaghetti: Those spaghetti noodles are made from zucchini! We can’t believe it either.
30. Veggie Nuggets: These veggie nuggets aren’t made with any mystery ingredients. Plus, they’re an easy way to sneak some broccoli and cauliflower into your kid’s diet!
31. Name Fruit Kebabs: These are too cute. Time to invest in some letter cookie cutters!
32. Cold Italian Pasta: Don’t forget to add some color and design to your little ones’ midday meal to encourage them to eat every last bite. This cold pasta meal brings some brightness thanks to the peas and fresh nectarines, and how great are those fruit leather flowers???
33. Healthy Sour Watermelon Gummies: Not all sour gummy candies are bad for you. Make these sour watermelon men at home so you can control what you put in your kids’ sweet and sour treats.
34. Green Mac and Cheese: Mac and cheese is a foolproof option, but next time, add in some spinach, broccoli florets and peas to create a green mac and cheese that is both delicious and packed with nutrients.
35. Homemade Goldfish Crackers: That’s right—you can make your own cheddar goldfish at home sans preservatives.
36. Rainbow Shell Pasta: Rainbow shell pasta is a fun alternative. Top it with your little one’s favorite marinara or cheese sauce.
37. Vermicelli With Green Peas and Potatoes: If your kiddie has more adventurous taste buds, send them to school with this vermicelli, made with mustard seeds, turmeric and cilantro.
38. Crescent Roll Hot Dogs: Okay, so these crescent roll hot dogs may not be totally nutritious, but they are delicious!
39. Pizza Buns: These made-from-scratch pizza buns will have everyone in your family smiling from ear to ear come lunchtime.
40. Sandwich Skewers: These mini bite-size sandwiches are super cute, and they’re easy to share! Add some pretzel and carrots sticks to your little one’s lunchbox to complete the meal.
41. Chicken Cordon Bleu Wraps: For a healthier option, opt for grilled chicken instead of chicken fingers.
42. Peanut Butter, Banana and Honey Sandwich: Peanut butter, banana and honey is a classic combo every kid is sure to love. Don’t forget the carrot sticks!
43. Prawn and Veggie Skewers: These prawn skewers will taste even better with some ranch dip!
44. Avocado and Cream Cheese Sammie: This veggie sandwich is finger-licking good. Slip in a few slices of tomato for a little something extra!
45. Light and Healthy Tuna Sandwich: Fun-shaped bread will liven up even the most basic tuna sandwich.
46. Mini Pita Pizzas: Mini pita pizzas are super easy to make in a short amount of time, so keep this recipe in your back pocket for those days when you’re running late.
47. Multigrain Waffle With Nutella: A homemade multigrain waffle covered in Nutella is a scrumptious and nutritious treat to surprise your little one with!
48. Chewy Choco Chip Granola Bars: Forget the pre-packaged Chewy bars. Let’s make our own!
49. Homemade Fortune Cookies: Homemade fortune cookies are a fun addition to any school lunch. Don’t forget those handwritten fortunes!
50. Mini Cheese Donuts: These cheesy mini donuts make a great snack. Don’t be stingy… pack a handful.
51. Sunbutter Oatmeal Cookies: These cookies are peanut-free and loaded with chocolate-covered sunflower seeds. It’s probably best to just make them in bulk ;)
How do you like to add some fun to your little one’s lunch?
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