Help Kids Pack Their Lunches with a Lunch Making Station
Simplify your mornings by getting your kids involved in making and packing their own lunches. Just a couple simple steps and they'll be out the door with a nutritious lunch in tow.
Kids as young as kindergarten and first grade can help make themselves a healthy lunch with a few simple preparations. Set up a couple spots in your kitchen where your child or children can easily access lunch supplies. I have designated the lower shelf in the pantry with some simple lunch making supplies like individually wrapped hand wipes, napkins, and zip top bags. Then I have four plastic trays that house simple food choices - applesauce, cereal bars, fruit cups, milk, crackers. In the refrigerator I have sandwich supplies and fresh fruit and veggies that I've washed and prepped. The freezer I store lunch box cold packs for cold lunch storage, string cheese, muffins, and yogurt. I like to have a few choices so there's some variation in the lunches. Give your children some guidance in what goes in the lunch and then let them choose. For instance, in our house, a healthy lunch includes:
- milk or water
- 2 fruits or veggies
- cheese or yogurt
- sandwich or muffin
How about you? What do you do to make lunch making a little easier?
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