Top lunchbox ideas

Sometimes, trying to figure out what to make the kids for lunch can be a hard task, so we’ve put together some of the best lunchbox ideas to get the kids excited about their lunch.

  1. The three bowl approach: fill one bowl with fruit, one with treats and one with dairy (such as tubs of yoghurt or cheese sticks or carton of flavoured milk or a pottle of yoghurt . Let the kids make their own lunches by selecting one item from each bowl. Just add a sandwich, a bottle of water and lunch is ready.
  2. Slice, wrap and fill:Make the most of the different varieties of bread including multigrain, rolls and buns. Try bagels, wraps, pita bread and hot cross buns or, for a treat, scones or pikelets.
  3. The surprise factor: Okay, so your kid will not budge from the Marmite sandwich. Introduce the unexpected by cutting their Marmite sandwich with a cookie cutter. It may well be their first step in understanding that variety is the spice of life.
  4. The leftover lunch: Cook a little extra dinner the night before and save for lunch the next day. Roast chicken, pasta salad, quiche, homemade pizza slices and sausages are just a few examples that are delicious cold for lunch.
  5. The lunchbox:If you use a lunchbox that keeps food chilled, you can send tubs of yoghurt, small containers of dip or cottage cheese mixed with pineapple pieces to school without fear of salmonella poisoning. Make your own chilly pack by freezing a pottle of  dairy food – it will slowly defrost while keeping the other lunchbox ingredients nice and cool.
  6. Perfect packaging:hard boiled eggs, small tins of baked beans or tuna and the resealable bag are a sandwich’s best friend – no spills; no soggy sandwich.
  7. Filling fillings:banana and honey; mashed egg and mayonnaise; ham, cheese and tomato; cream cheese, tuna, cucumber and carrot.
  8. The love note:add a little message from you to brighten their day, and their lunch if they’re not going to be happy with what you snuck in!
  9. No sneaking things in:Kids will be more likely to eat their lunch if they have had a hand in preparing it. See idea 1.
  10. Find something new:Check out the Kidspotlunchboxrecipe section for new kid-friendly ideas.

 

 

8 Comments

  1. danielle2211 27/02/2018 at 9:31 pm

    I think the bento lunchboxes are a great idea gives you all those spaces to have a variety of choice. Getting the kids involved in making there lunches is a great way to get them to eat it too. Having a note in there is great way to show your love to your child and helps them with their reading too!

  2. kymmage 26/02/2018 at 3:20 pm

    We use almost a Bento style box. It has three compartments and has a little screw top container as well. My youngest likes to have a yoghurt so I send a cute spoon too. A little surprise – will it be the bunny one or princess one? I also theme some food but only occasionally. I have cookie cutters for Halloween, Easter and Christmas sandwiches.

  3. SarahBlair 13/02/2018 at 4:47 pm

    I think that I will have to get some fun lunch boxes and drink bottles, and definitely plan the lunches better! They might be enticed to eat if I do!!

  4. Mands1980 18/01/2018 at 2:54 pm

    I love the bento lunch box’s with the separate little areas but the chilled packit lunch box’s sound great especially over the hot summer months. We got the kids new drink bottles with insulated covers and can put ice in the morning and it stays chilled most the day.

  5. Bevik1971 17/01/2018 at 10:51 am

    My partner who has been stay-at-home Dad for our daughter will be making all the school lunches for our daughter who turned 5 on Boxing Day, so all new for him! He is a chef by trade and has always ensure she eats as healthy as possible. They will be brainstorming together in regards to her lunches as there is no point putting food in there she won’t eat (and she’s fussy). Some of the items mentioned above sound great, especially the Stainless steel items 🙂

  6. MuddledUpMolly 14/01/2018 at 2:32 pm

    It has been great to see how far and how progressively the humble school lunchbox has come! My son is almost 8 now and I think it’s time to get him a little more involved in making his own lunch.He just loves making his own food and having extra responsibilities as he grows older 🙂

  7. Shelz69 12/01/2018 at 5:53 pm

    The packit lunch bags sound like a brilliant idea. I also loved school lunch with nutritionist Kate Di Prima’s, easy five-day plan. Its just what I need to get organised.

  8. Jen_Wiig 12/01/2018 at 4:34 pm

    Omgosh love the sound of those packit bags deff buying these for my boys lunches. I haven’t really done the note thing before but like this idea too… I think my boys would appericate it esp as when I start work again and leave before the get up.
    We have purchased sistema bento lunchboxes for the boys again this year just upgraded to the larger ones… Love how they are waste free and don’t have babyish prints on them 🙂 I’ll be introducing making own lunches too esp as my eldest now at Intermediate i just hope he will make it healthy too haha

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