Around this time of year, I think we all get bored with the Lunch Box; either I’m running out of ideas or the kids are bored of the same old ideas in their school lunch each day. I strive to make their lunches fun, exciting and even a little surprising now and then, just a little way for me to remind my kids I love them each day. I love that no matter what kind of day they are having, a simple packed lunch can put a smile on their face. Overall I pack their lunches to meet the needs of all food groups but I do not forget a little treat now and then, like their favourite pudding cup flavours from Snack Pack Canada. It is rare that the kids every come back with leftovers or having traded lunch with another and trust me, Miss Priss, the Queen of rules, structure and right and wrong, would let me know.
Kids are creative with great imaginations and naturally love to play with their food; make your child’s lunch box fun with creative ideas. Some ways I have encouraged my kids to play with their food are with celery sticks with Tapioca Pudding and raisins (ants on a bumpy log), grapes(rocks) to drop in chocolate pudding (mud), apples to dip in Butterscotch Caramel Pudding.. For other creative ideas to keep the lunch box exciting head over to the Snack Pack Canada Facebook page.
The sandwich cutters made their sandwiches join the rest of their lunch in the excitement for a full scenery of creative play and on occasion I surprise my kids with little love notes to remind them how special they are. For me the prep and cleanup is something I do not look forward to each day but these sectioned reusable containers make it easy for me to make the kids lunches fun with various lunch additions all in one container, offering less garbage, less chance of the children forgetting to bring containers home and only one dish to wash.
Tips for Creating a “No Tradesies” Lunch:
1. Can’t get your kids to eat their fruit? Adding Snack Pack to the mix turns fruit into a tasty, dip-able adventure. Try the Caramel Apple, all it takes is some apple slices and a Toffee Caramel pudding.
2. Sandwich Shape-up: Even a favourite sandwich can seem boring and routine when it shows up in the lunchbox day after day. Keep things interesting and kids engaged by breaking out the cookie cutters and cutting the sandwiches into fun shapes.
3. Kebab it up: skewering some bite-sized veggies on a kebab with a side of veggie dip is a different and fun way to make sure veggies are not coming home at the end of the day.
4. Utensils are key: let your kids pick out their utensils, napkins and lunchboxes. They definitely won’t be reaching for the aluminum, and giving them a say means they will take pride in their lunch pack. Have bright, colourful spoons on hand so kids can choose whether it’s a yellow, blue or orange kind of day!
Disclosure – I am participating in the Snack Pack “No Tradesies” blog tour by enCompass Media on behalf of Con Agra Foods. I received compensation as a thank you for participating and for sharing my honest opinion.