Did I always make fun lunches? No. I would look at them on Pinterest and dream. I thought they would be so hard to make, take too much time, and thought they used expensive tools to do it all.
When my daughter started having lunch at preschool, I began my journey. It’s hard! Silly, I know, but it’s hard to decide what to use for a lunch box and how you are going to pack everything.
They had ice packs that could clip into the kids and I thought that the different shape options would be great! Well, after a few times of my daughter using them, we were both frustrated:-/. She couldn’t open them on her own and I couldn’t clip the ice packs in and out:-(.
So I started researching again. I started to follow a mom on Facebook called ‘100 days of real food’ and she would always post amazing pictures of her kids lunches. She also had reviewed a ton of different lunch box containers. Being a mom of a preschooler, I wasn’t about to make a $60 investment in lunchbox, so I opted for the Ziplock divided containers. It was $10 for 4 containers. They are leak proof between sections too which meant that I could send her applesauce and other things all in ONE CONTAINER. Having volunteered at preschool before, I know as a grown up at lunch time a lot of the time is filled with opening containers and packages for kids. If you can do it all yourself you get more time to eat. To my relief, my daughter could easily open AND close we ziplock container.
I also stepped into the world of making her lunches fun. It was after Easter, I as at a local craft store and they had mini cookie cutter sets on sale for $0.75. I figured for that price I could try. Mini cookie cutters work perfect for cutting cheese and thin veggies like cucumbers and carrots:-). Packing lunches became fun for both of us!
Then my daughter made the move I elementary school. I decided not to switch lunch containers simply because ours were working so well.
For lunches starting fall of 2013, we added some fun food picks, more mini cookie cutters I had picked up sale over time, a sandwich press (target $0.99), and a rice panda mold my husband had gotten on travel. My daughter LOVES rice! We also added a thermos so she could have the option of soup or warm foods.
Here are some of the other containers and accessories I have gotten along the way:
Although we use the ziplock container 99.9% of the time, sometimes she may just want a small amount of food. Some of the containers came with various bags I’ve bought for other reasons:-). I also use JUMBO silicone muffin holders as opposed to regular sized ones, and food picks(not toothpicks;-)
I have collected all of these things over a long period of time.
I’m just so happy that now my daughter is doing this herself now!!!
She thinks it’s fun!!!! Yay!!!
Remember…They Will Love Your Effort<3!!!