21 Ideas for Awesome School Lunches

Breakfast for a school children - ready to eat - sandwich with a green apple

For some reason in January I noticed there were a lot of searches on the blog for snack ideas and school lunch ideas. Usually I see those searches at the beginning of the school year but since people seemed to be looking for inspiration, I decided to put together a post with all sorts of lunch and snack ideas for the kiddos.

I do put some effort into lunchboxes. I usually spend 15-20 minutes per night making them for my girls and then I make something very similar for my husband and myself.  I want my girls eating good food so they have energy to get through the day and so they can concentrate and focus on schoolwork in the afternoon.  It is also important that they are excited to eat lunch- those of you with little ones know what a big deal lunch and snacks can be for children.  Mine get extremely excited to open up lunchboxes and see what waits inside.

I usually pick my battles with food for the kiddos- dinnertime is when we arm wrestle over what they will eat- for lunch I prefer to stick to things I know they like. That eliminates waste and also they haven’t reached the stage yet where they just throw things away and pretend to have eaten it :) I can see exactly what they eat and for the most part these lunchboxes come home completely empty.  Sadly my girls don’t like so many things– lunch meat (with the exception of salami or roast beef), avocados, most vegetables… the list goes on and on.

Oh and this school year the kids have been really excited for lunch– they actually open it in the car on the way to school and it is so fun to hear them chatter.  “Oh look Addy we got watermelon today!”  or whatever and I can hear them already sneaking a few bites of this or that.  So I do feel the small amount of time at night really pays off.

Some things I take into consideration- I don’t pack things that will potentially get soggy like quesadillas or things that really are better hot like English Muffin pizzas.  I also try not to pack things that will take too long to eat.  The kids like to hurry through lunch to get to recess time so nothing fussy or they miss recess.

Anyhoo– these aren’t perfect lunches (we eat cookies and crackers and chips in moderation) but they are examples of things I have packed over the last month or so.  I do wish I could have lunchboxes filled with broccoli and avocado and beets and tell you my little ones ate every bite- but sadly I tend to stick to cucumbers and carrots as I know they will for sure eat those.  One of my kids is allowed peanut butter and one is allowed peanut butter but she has to sit in a specific section of the cafeteria so I try not to use it in her lunchbox.  Otherwise, we don’t have any food allergies or other dietary concerns.

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Easy Salt Dough Ornaments (Perfect Holiday Craft for Kids)

How to Make Salt Dough Ornaments- perfect children's holiday craft!

 

I have been wanting to make salt dough ornaments with my children for a few years now and we finally had a chance last week.

The ornaments were really easy to make and you can let your imagination run with this as there are so many fun ways to customize your ornament.

We actually made two batches because I made some mistakes with ours so I will share what worked and didn’t so yours (hopefully) turn out perfectly.

How to Create Salt Dough Ornaments- so fun for children!

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Fun Sight Words Practice for Kids

Fun sight words game for kids

 

Well can you believe my little darlings are still not in school?  I feel like the last man standing here as we have one more week of summer vacation.

I have really been cramming in the sight word practice for both my 5 year old and 7 year old the past few weeks so they are fresh and ready to start school.

But you can only do flashcards and writing it out and spelling aloud so many times and it gets so boring for them.  So I decided to have a little fun with some words and make it a game to try to get them interested in learning.

If you have little ones that are trying to memorize lists of sight words, this might be something you consider trying with your kiddos.

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Sharpie Dyed Coasters- Fun Children’s Craft!

Sharpie Dyed Coasters- easy children's craft project!



Here is another fun and pretty easy little children’s craft project.

This is a very inexpensive craft and I think the results are both pretty and functional.

You can use Sharpies to create beautiful designs on coasters or trivets in whatever color scheme you like.

This is one of those easy rainy day projects to file away as a possible gift idea for the Grandparents!

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Easy Children’s Craft: Swirling Snail Art

Children's Craft Swirling Snail Art



Here is a fun and cute and really simple children’s craft.  The kiddos can make these cute little snails and I bet they get a real kick out of making these.  This would be especially cute to make if your child likes the movie Turbo.  They could make this craft while you are getting dinner ready and then maybe catch Turbo after dinner for family night.

My girls actually did a similar project at the gym one day and they didn’t have time to finish the artwork so after a lot of pleading, I decided to just make the snails again with them at home so they could finish.

Since my girls enjoyed it so much, I thought your kiddos might like this craft as well.

Swirling Snail Art

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100 Children’s Books to Read in a Lifetime

100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime



Do you have little ones? Well I have a great list of books for you!

Here is a list of 100 Children’s Books to read in a lifetime. I think this is an excellent list to save for when you need baby shower gifts, birthday gifts or Christmas gifts.

We have mountains of books in our house- we just love them- so I think these always make great gifts.

Here is the list- note this was compiled by Amazon and Good Reads- there are chapter books and picture books so something for children of all ages.

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Easy Sand Art for Children

Easy Colored Sand Art- very fun craft for children



The girls and I had so much fun the other day with this project.  It is incredibly easy and very inexpensive and a perfect craft to do with your kids.

Plus you should have something pretty to display once you are all finished!

You only need a few things to do this sand art.

Basically you color plain salt with chalk and use that to create layers and patterns in a container of your choice.  The salt is super cheap (mine was $.77 at Target) and it looks very pretty- just like sand.

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How to Make a Children’s Tent

How to Make a Children's Tent - so easy and so inexpensive!



So my little girl turned 5 in May and we wanted to make her a special gift this year that she would really love.  I have seen the idea of creating a little collapsible tent in the past and I really wanted to make one for her birthday gift.

My little girl loves to read so I thought this would be a special spot for that and also what kid doesn’t like forts and tents and little secret places to hide?  I knew this was going to be a big hit.

I can tell you my husband made this really quickly- in just an afternoon and it was very cheap and easy to do.  He built the frame and then I bought some fabric and really that was about it.  We added a few extra accessories and now about 2 months later- both of my girls use this tent all the time.  We mostly use it for reading books, occasionally coloring projects and we have taken it out to the park on a few occasions for fancy tea parties.  When the tent does make a road trip to the park, we usually get swarmed with kids that want to come and check it out.

So if you have been considering making one of these for your kiddos- let me share the tutorial we used and some of the little extras we did to spruce up our tent.

I forgot to keep all the receipts for the project but I believe the materials were about $20.  I bought fabric at Hobby Lobby with a coupon and I want to say it was something Like $8.00.  So this is a really inexpensive project and when you are done it folds up and can be tucked into a closet or in the garage!

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