Fun Lunch Ideas for Back-to-School

Whether making lunches for a pre-schooler or a school-aged child, the task can be a daily challenge.  Here are some cool lunch options that will help you keep variety in their lunches as well as inspire ideas.

  • Goodbyn Eco-Friendly Lunch Boxes. Convenient, fun, and earth friendly!  Kids can even customize their GoodByn lunchboxes to reflect their own personalities.
    GoodByn Lunch Box
  • Portable Oven.  It can be a challenge to come up with appetizing cold lunches that aren’t the same old thing every day. Thermos Vacuum Food Jars allow you to send leftovers or other hot foods to school and drastically broaden your options. (Just remember to “pre-heat” the jars by filling with very hot water just before use).

  • Laptop Lunches.  Laptop Lunchesare always an easy favorite.  The separate sections make it a snap to plan and prepare fun, easy, healthy lunches.
  • Just Too Cute.  Step away from the boring and make lunchtime fun for kids. VERY cute butterfly, monkey, frog, and many other adorable lunch bags. (Scroll all the way down the page to see them all).
  • Go Bento. For the creative lunch maker, Bento boxes are ideal! Yum-Yum Bento Box is FULL of inspiring ideas that you can use or adapt to your own needs.  If you’re truly inspired, check out our hand-picked list of accessories to help you put together these mini-masterpieces!
    Yum-Yum Bento Box
  • Shapes. Kids love their food shaped in creative animals, symbols or other shapes.  Try these bread-maximizing Sandwich Cutters or handy Vegetable Shape Cutters.
  • Love Notes. Topping off your lunch with an occasional sweet note can lift your child’s spirit and make the lunch (and their day) extra special!

Whatever method you choose remember to keep it healthy!  Children need the fuel of a nutritious lunch to help them focus and maximize their learning potential!

Feel free to comment and share your own creative lunch ideas!

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9 thoughts on “Fun Lunch Ideas for Back-to-School

  1. Bento boxes have been a lifesaver in my house – I love them because I can pack a variety of healthy foods into them and my kids love all the different compartments and seeing what they get for lunch each day.

    • I’ve never heard of bento boxes before, but that link is awesome! I’ll definitely be incorporating those ideas into my kids’ lunches!

  2. What a fun post! I love these ideas!! I’ve never heard of the Goodbyn lunchboxes or the laptop lunches – I just might have to buy my kiddos a new, fun lunchbox today!

  3. My husband – God bless him – makes the kids lunches for them in the morning and he always is hiding little toys inside or writing out little notes with jokes or funny sayings on them. The kids love it, and I think it’s awesome that he always takes the time to do something fun for them.

  4. My little one is 3 and is OBSESSED with Elmo. I found an Elmo cookie cutter at the store and a couple days a week I’ll cut her sandwiches or pancakes into the Elmo shape for a fun treat. She loves it!

    • You have to check with the school for peanut allergies, but I buy those individual servings of Justin’s Nut Butters and send those to school with sliced apples, carrots or celery. I also do cheesesticks and turkey pepperoni slices, raisins, greek yogurt with a baggie of granola, deli meat and cheese for roll-ups, pop chips or fresh cut veggies and hummus…

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