Making the same kids lunch every day can be a bit tedious – especially since we have approximately 200 days of school a year.
Times that by 8 primary school years (including Pre-Primary and Kindergarten)
That is approximately 1500 school lunches we need to make in our children’s primary school life.
Mixing it up a little with a different lunchbox or sandwich cutters can help make the school lunches fun, healthy and inviting to eat every day!
Here are our top tips for choosing the best lunchbox for your child
How to choose the right lunchbox?
Are they a nibbler? Do they like lots of little things – then the more compartments the better! Like the Yumbox Original or the Munchkin Bento Toddler Lunch Box (the number 1 best seller on Amazon for kids lunch boxes) or Stuck on You’s Large personalised Bento lunchbox – all leakproof inside lunchboxes.
Or do they like sandwiches every day? Then try the Yumbox Panino Leakproof Bento Lunch Box
Morning Tea Container
Ensure you have a good Morning Tea container – Stuck On You Mini Personalised Bento is great for fruit, cheese and crackers and dips, plus you can personalise it with your child’s name.
Crunch and Sip (Fruit time)
This is just a small piece of fruit they will eat either in the morning or late afternoon. Baby Bento’s Freezable Lid Containers are great as you pop the lid in the freezer to keep the container cool all day!
Choose an insulated lunchbag that will hold an icepack, lunchbox and morning tea (if you need to have your morning tea chilled), to keep everything cool for several hours. The Fridge-to-go INSULATED LUNCH BAG or Animal Friends Insulated Lunchbags are popular ones to hold more than two containers.
Choose an easy to open but leak-proof water bottle. In summer months add ice cubes or freeze and wrap in a tea towel. Stuck on You have a cute range of drink bottles which you can personalise with their chosen image and name.
How to plan each week for lunches!
- Write a list of each child’s favourite sandwich toppings, fruit, vegetables and snacks – Check out Little Bento World’s Printables for your fridge.
- Pre-cut fruit and vegetables and pop them in airtight containers in the fridge the night before.
- Dip fruit like apples and banana’s in citrus juice (like an apple or orange juice) or soda water to prevent browning.
- Bake in bulk and freeze savoury and sweet muffins, scrolls, pikelets, scones for quick lunchbox snacks.
- Chill cooked foods (like hard-boiled eggs) before packing the lunchbox.
- Pack leftovers straight into the lunchbox the night before (corn cobs, pasta).
- Cut food into appropriate bite-size pieces to encourage maximum food is eaten in the limited time they get to eat.
The very last and most important tip on Lunchboxes!
Ensure they can open and close their lunchbox – as lunches won’t get eaten if they can’t open their lunchbox. Sit them on the ground and practice before school starts!
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