Lunch for the Littles: Packing Lunch

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School has begun! It’s hard to believe that fall is here! I am sure some of you have been packing lunches like pros, or maybe your little is just starting kindergarten this year. Either way I have some helpful ideas if you pack a lunch (or two or three) every day BUT keep in mind these also work for those of us still home with our little ones.


dollar-store-divided-lunchbox-more-at-madebymeggsAlong my many years of packing lunches for my little ones for playdates, I have found that if I have a divided container I am more likely to pack a healthy variety of items for lunch. So when I pack our lunches to go, I like the idea of a simple tray like container with dividers. There are LOADS of these anywhere you turn, but we found these character boxes from the Dollar Tree a while back, and kids love them, perfect size for their mini lunch. Plus, at a buck, if they get lost or broken I am not too upset. I talk more about these in my first Dollar Store Haul video over on YouTube. While you are there, go ahead and subscribe to my YouTube channel to see more fun stuff from me in the future.


Now coming up with ideas outside of the standard PBJ everyday, is difficult. As parents we have so many tasks to complete & making Pinterest styled lunches is daunting! I am not saying you should make your kids a masterful piece of art, let’s just feed them a varied diet? Sound good? Ok, keep reading 😉

Below I have compiled posts I found on Pinterest that I find very helpful in the EASIEST way possible. There is something for everyone here I promise, and if you want more check out my board on Pinterest dedicated to Lunches.

tiredofpackingjustsandwichesforschoollunch-checkthisoutdozensofeasynon-sandwichschoollunchideasfromwhatlisacooksNO sandwich ideas
– This is a great list from What Lisa Cooks , for those of you who’s kids don’t prefer sandwiches, or for diet reasons you avoid eating sandwiches. Over a 100 great ideas, which means you won’t run out of ways to pack for your kids any time soon!!


The Chart System – This is a great idea, from A House Full of Sunshine, it is perfect for people who like to have a bit of everything on hand, but not really “plan ahead.” This handy (& printable) chart is helpful to have right on the fridge, and then just choose from each category and done! Even older kids who can read, would be able to pack their own lunch (SCORE!).

cold-lunches-happymoneysaverCold Lunch Packing System – I love this post full of ideas and tips by Happy Money Saver on how you can get lunch prep done in advance. Everything in bins ready to go & much like the chart system an easy “pick, pack, and go” means you get out the door in no time! Even older kids can help with ideas and packing up all on their own! WIN WIN!

So that’s it! Good luck to the kids in school & the parents supporting them. I hope in some small way I have made your morning mad rush (or mid-day madness) a bit easier. Let’s start our fall and our mornings off on the right foot this year! If you have your own ideas or “hacks” please share in the comments below! I love to hear what you guy think!

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