I saw this in The Stir - Do you ever pack non-edibles for your kids?
I probably shouldn't admit this: but as much as back-to-school time puts a song in my step, I was dreading having to pack my daughter's lunch for school. We're committed to the "lunch from home" thing to make sure she gets something healthy, but sometimes even I'm bored by what I put in her bag.
Oh gee, look what it is! Another apple/box of raisins/string cheese/turkey on wheat? It's no wonder my husband and I tend to "forget" that it's our turn to make lunch so the other ends up on the hook. We need to liven things up -- for her sake and ours!
I'm committed to actually make this whole school lunch making thing a little more enjoyable. I've started a list of goodies to slip in the lunch bag to brighten her day. Feel free to borrow for your kiddo's lunch!
What do you put in your kids' lunch to cheer them up?
My daughter loves to hang these off her backpack, and a new one to sport on the ride home can be a converstation starter with their seatmate on the bus.
Most elementary schools have banned food sharing, but your kiddo can engender a little goodwill at the lunchtable with some of these instead. I have it on good authority (aka my 7-year-old) that the glitter tattoos are especially hot right now.
Money for Snacks
Don't pack snacks: surprise them with the chance to buy ice cream one day!
Great for sharing, or they can put them on their shirt to show off for the rest of the day.
If they brown bag it, put it right on the bag, make a design with safe dyes on their bread, or doodle on their sandwich bag -- the sky's the limit. The dad behind Lunch Bag Art has some incredible ideas to give you inspiration.
A Cute Joke
You might be raising a little chatterbox, but it can never hurt to have something to get the conversation going at the lunch table.
They have to keep their hands clean somehow! But why stick to the same old, same old? My friend Laurie likes to slip a new napkin into the mix every once in awhile; whether she buys them on Etsy or makes them out of cool pieces of fabric.
Whether it's a silly moment with a friend or your family's favorite vacation spot, taping a photo inside the lunchbox will put a smile on their face all day.