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Help Kids Pack Their Lunches with a Lunch Making Station

Posted by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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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 preparationsSet 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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by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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goddess99
by Michelle on Sep. 5, 2013 at 7:57 AM

My dd eats hot lunch every day so we don't pack anything. But before that started and during the summer when she goes to summer camp, I have things for her to pick from in the pantry on her shelf. I always have fruit in the fridge to pick from and salami and crackers or sandwiches to pick from as well.

GagaNTattooS
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 7:59 AM
I keep everyone out of my way...I don't understand how this is so difficult.... make a sandwich pack some other stuff done in 5 mins...
RobynS
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM

This would be great for DS, but DD takes forever making decisions. (she's still in pre-school, so it's not an issue for her yet anyway, but next year...)

RobynS
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 8:42 AM

that's pretty much what I do. ;)

Quoting GagaNTattooS:

I keep everyone out of my way...I don't understand how this is so difficult.... make a sandwich pack some other stuff done in 5 mins...



kellynh
by Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Great idea

alliesmom112
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

I give her choices in the morning while she is eating breakfast and I am packing lunch for her and dh 

alliesmom112
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM


Quoting RobynS:

This would be great for DS, but DD takes forever making decisions. (she's still in pre-school, so it's not an issue for her yet anyway, but next year...)

My dd has trouble making decisions so instead of saying pick 2 veggies I ask her carrots or broccoli? grapes or apples? 

dusky_rose
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 11:19 AM

I ask my 6 year old son what he wants for lunch the next day and pack as much as I can the night before. Then when I get his breakfast ready, I can fill his juice container, grab the ice pack and have to ready to put in his baclpack after I bring him breakfast (he eats in the family room and we are trying to be quiet because daddy and grandpa are sleeping).


NearSeattleMom
by Member on Sep. 5, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Great idea.  Wish I'd done that from the start!

norahsmommy
by on Sep. 5, 2013 at 2:07 PM
I have 5 kids. I don't want 5 kids in the kitchen trashing the place while they make themselves a lunch for the day. I'd rather just set up the stuff, make it fast and get all the dang lunch boxes out of my dinky kitchen.
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