Lunch Box Ideas: Girl in a Car

For her lunch box, M had asked for “Cinderella’s carriage with a princess in a long dress”, but this is what she got instead — a silly spaghetti-haired girl in a little car….

For the sandwich I used cheddar cheese for the wheels, a mini buttered roll for the car, part of an organic turkey wiener for the girl, spaghetti for the hair and a food writer to draw on the eyes and mouth.

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Lunch Box Ideas: Pencil Shaped Sandwich

Something fun for the girls’ lunch — a pencil shaped ham and cheddar sandwich, an orange-cranberry muffin and some fruit.  I made the pick using some ABC washi tape and black card stock.

Fun Finds: Fluf Lunch Bag

I was in CB2  over the summer and spotted this great little lunch bag from a Canadian company called fluf.  I thought the design was so adorable I just had to have one….  I love the fact that it’s made with organic cotton, is lead, BPA and phthalate free, is machine washable and has a snap closure to keep all your goodies inside.   If you go to their website at fluf.ca, you can see all the fabulous new designs they have out.   Here are some of my favorite ones:

Cute, aren’t they????

First Day Back

For M’s first day at preschool — an apple shaped sandwich with the words “Back to School” imprinted on it…..

And for H’s mid-morning school snack —  a little bunny peeking out of a strawberry field….


These are just examples of how you can spruce up any lunch box by using simple items such as sushi grass dividers and fun food picks.

Fish Shaped Fruit Skewers

I made these skewers back in June for a preschool class party, but thought I would share them with you as an idea for school.  Wouldn’t these be a fun treat for kids to find in their lunch boxes?  I’m not talking about making these everyday, but maybe for special occasions or holidays? Or even if your child is having an off week, surprising them with a little something special and out of the ordinary could help to brighten their day.

Mini cookie cutters are perfect for cutting out fun, bite sized shapes for kids.   If you don’t own any yet and would like to get some, start off with some basic shapes — stars, circles, hearts, flowers…. I use these shapes all the time for cutting fruits, cheese, sandwiches and of course, cookies.   If you’re looking for a variety of different shapes, you can get some really cute ones online from Foose Cookie Cutters or from Fox Run (Amazon.com).  Have fun with it and get the kids involved — kids tend to enjoy their snacks much more if they’ve taken part in creating it.

Too bad it’s almost time to say “good-bye” to summer…..

Chalkboard Lunch Box

When my oldest daughter was in preschool last year,  I left little notes in her snack box every now and then just as a reminder that I was thinking of her.  For this upcoming school year, I thought I would incorporate a little message board right inside her lunch box using some chalkboard decals.

All you have to do is trace the lunch box shape onto the decal, cut it out, and adhere it on.  These decals can be found at any craft store and can be applied to plastic or metal.  They’re also a much cleaner and safer option than using chalkboard paint inside your kid’s lunch box.

Here’s something I always want to ask my daughter at snack time…..

A Mix of Emotions

My oldest child will be starting full-day kindergarten in September.  With that comes a mix of emotions for me — EXCITEMENT, as I’m thrilled she’ll be off to start a new chapter in her young life… SADNESS, as I sit and wonder where the time has gone…and DREAD,  as I think about the inevitable morning chaos and the daily lunches I’ll have to pack!

I can’t offer any advice on how to make it through the mornings without turning into Cruella De Vil (I’m still trying to figure that one out myself), but I might be able to provide you with some lunch box ideas that will hopefully inspire you, or at least make you and your child smile.

PS  My girls couldn’t wait to eat up these fun faces I made using Babybels and seaweed.  I’m pretty sure they’ll be seeing more of these in their lunch boxes this fall….

(Inspiration source: Family Fun Magazine.)