Packed lunches can be very stressful for a busy parent and often the easier option is to order a school dinner. But what do you do if you have a little one is not keen on those? My 3 children prefer packed lunches (even my 3 year old who eats lunch at home) , I think in part due to not having to queue and wait for food and because they get a wider variety of things they really like in the lunchboxes. The only way to make it less stressful for you, is to be really well organised.
I like to divide my lunch list into categories. I pick 5 items per day for each lunch box and it varies what goes in daily. I decant large bags/boxes of fruits etc into small snack pots* ( or ziploc bags if you prefer- I use pots because I don’t like disposable throw away items) and put them in a large drawer I have specially designated to lunches and snacks. That way I can just throw a pot into their lunch bag without doing any prep on the day. I also stack up little pots of carrot/cucumber/grapes etc in the fridge so they are ready to go.
I even do this during holidays so that when the children want a quick snack they can help themselves or if we head out to the park, all I do is grab a few pots per child and we are ready to go!
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A typical lunch could be as follows:
*I use the little pots usually designed for baby food …even for my 8 year old…so don’t throw those out when your baby is all grown up!
For those who have asked: I will post some pictures of our snack drawer as soon as I get a chance, that’s a promise!
I am a preschool and primary school teacher and mum to 3 children. I have been involved in education since 1997 and have trained in a variety of educational specialist areas. It is with this expertise that I write articles to help parents and educators provide quality learning experiences for the children in their care.