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Lunch ideas for my 1st grader

Can you guys help me out with some lunch ideas for my almost 7 year old. He likes ham sandwiches but thats about it beside cooked food. Any ideas for lunches that don't have to be heated up. So far I only have hard boiled egg, & ham and cheese.

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Asked by mlmsm928 at 12:10 PM on Aug. 28, 2013 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • You can buy ham and cut it into little squares, cheese too. Add some carrot sticks or grapes, banana, apple slices or some fruit he likes. Whole grain crackers or pretzels. Yogurt if he likes it.

    Answer by QuinnMae at 12:15 PM on Aug. 28, 2013

  • Get him a thermos so he can still enjoy hot cooked foods. Then you can just by whatever he likes.

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 12:28 PM on Aug. 28, 2013

  • I have a first grader too. She takes her lunch on days the cafe serves things she won't eat, like corn dogs. Here is my list.

    Cheese cubes, crackers, pepperoni, string cheese, ham and lettuce wraps, pinwheels, fruit, Greek yogurt cups, carrots, celery, pasta salad, cornbread, smoothies, garden salads,grape tomatoes.

    Answer by PandaGwen at 12:55 PM on Aug. 28, 2013

  • I send lunch with my kids everyday. Some of their favorite things are graham crackers and peanut butter, cheese sticks, fruit smoothies, ham and cheese roll ups, yogurt and granola, and fresh fruit.

    Answer by SleepingBeautee at 1:05 PM on Aug. 28, 2013

  • Pinterest Baby! I honestly don't know how I survived before Pinterest!

    Bento Boxes are great ideas, then you can put a little bit of a couple different things. Here is a list of LITERALLY 1492 ideas for bento boxes


    Answer by cassie_kellison at 1:13 PM on Aug. 28, 2013

  • The biggest thing to remeber is, keep it bite-sized. My sister has taught elementary school for a long time, and she says you wouldn't believe the number of whole sandwiches and whole uncut fruit that get pitche in the trash every day. Kids will eat more if it's presented in small pieces.

    Answer by Ballad at 1:50 PM on Aug. 28, 2013

  • my 7 and 8 year olds love cream cheese and peperoni

    Also since ham is a favorite just shake it up with bread choices. bagels, mini bagels pretzel rolls kaisers croissants etc etc

    Answer by hibbingmom at 2:54 PM on Aug. 28, 2013

  • I never thought of ham and cheese squares ~ that's a great idea!

    Here's a recipe for cheese stick wraps I found on the Thriving Family website:

    Cheese Stick Wraps

    1 tablespoon mustard or mayo
    1 flour tortilla
    2 slices roast beef or other lunch meat
    1 mozzarella cheese stick (two if the tortilla is large)
    optional extras: pickles, onion, banana pepper

    1. Spread mustard on a warmed - our tortilla and place slices of meat over the mustard.
    2. Set the cheese stick on one side of the tortilla.
    3. Add lettuce and optional extras as desired.
    4. Roll tortilla around the cheese stick. Wrap in plastic to hold together.

    They have some cute ideas for lunchbox notes, too:

    Bon Appetit! Hope your little guy enjoys first grade!

    Answer by grammieann at 5:17 PM on Aug. 28, 2013


    This website is amazing for school lunch ideas. This lady gives suggestions, which I have used with great success, on which containers to use and all kinds of fun ideas for school lunches. This site is well worth your time. Trust me! 


    Answer by CaseyErin at 8:41 PM on Aug. 28, 2013

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