I will tell you right now that I am a lunch-packing hater. I want my kids' lunches to taste good, be nutritious, look appetizing, and (most of all) get eaten. But I do NOT want to hold myself to some crazy standard of the photo shoot-worthy lunch box still life.
I admire those who get creative with lunch packing…as long as they are doing it because they enjoy it. But it's not required. Many kids actually like lunchtime repetition. (When I was little I ate a peanut butter sandwich every day of the school year.)
THAT SAID, some kids appreciate variety, and it's fun to surprise them with a little novelty every now and then. I'll let Sandi in Ottawa kick off the ideas:
When making my 7 year-old son's lunch, I try to be creative and make it fun. To mix a caesar salad at school I send along tiny tongs that are normally used for serving meat or pickle appetizers.
I also put ketchup in a small container and send him with a syringe (recycled from the kids' antibiotic medication) to squirt onto his hot dog.
- Lunch box notes
- Cheese or melon (or tofu!) cubes with toothpicks
- A goofy straw
- (Help me out here…like I said, lunch isn't my strong suit.)
What are your ideas for fun-but-not-fussy additions to kids' lunch boxes?