Printable Family Meal Planner

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Printable Family Meal PlannerThis post is sponsored by Digital Parents

We have been using a new family meal planning system and it’s going great!  Dinner time got a little out of control over the holiday season and Pebble spent a couple of weeks eating a lot of her favourite foods, and not much else. With Christmas out of the way and no more work to think about (hooray, maternity leave!) my brain found some space to take some control of the situation.

First I asked Pebble what her favourite dinner foods are (I may have given her some reminders of things that she’s tried and liked). We ended up with a good list of ten meals that she enjoys. Then I made a menu planner with days of the week cards and printed them out along with photos of Pebble’s favourite dinners. I laminated the lot and stuck them on the pantry wall.

I needed to make sure that the meal planner was stuck securely, but also that each day of the week and each meal was easy to move around each week. I used Scotch Restickable Tabs, which have worked perfectly. The menu stays put on the pantry door, and Pebble can easily grab each meal and put it where she wants to. There are no sticky or oily marks on the paint, and the best part is that the tabs can be washed with soapy water, rinsed and air dried to restore their stickiness. Keep reading to find out how you can win Scotch Restickable Tabs to try for yourself.

Printable Family Meal Planner Printable Family Meal Planner

Pebble was quite excited to see her new menu on display. She loved that all her favourite foods were shown, and also enjoyed looking at the days of the week. It was just like the calendar on Play School! She chose the foods that she wanted to put on her menu and on which days. Giving Pebble the control over the process has really helped her to embrace the change.

Printable Family Meal Planner

Pebble is eating a much wider range of foods and much less processed foods too.  I make my own ‘chicken nuggets’ (chicken breast schnitzels) and Pebble is now eating REAL tomato sauce on her pasta – made from TOMATOES! I serve up either salad or vegetables on the side, for Pebble to pick and choose from. Of course we still have our busy days when things don’t go as planned, but overall it’s working really well.

Scotch Restickable Tabs Giveaway

Thank you to 3M for generously giving me the full range of their Scotch Restickable Tabs to Giveaway to one reader.

To enter please leave a comment on this post telling me how you would like to use the Scotch Restickable tabs.

I also have 15 trial packs to giveaway to the first 15 commenters on this post.
*Australian addresses only

Update: Congrats to the winner of this giveaway: Bertha!

Product information: The Scotch Restickable Mounting range is a unique and innovative light weight mounting product which can be washed with soapy water, rinsed and air dried to restore stickiness. Scotch Restickable tabs are available in a variety of sizes, tabs, strips and sheets from Office works and Bunnings stores national wide. RRP $4.95.

Download your printable family meal planner

Three styles to choose from – click on the style of your choice to download:

Printable Family Meal Planner

Printable Family Meal Planner

Printable Family Meal Planner

Download your printable ‘Today Is…’ cards

Three styles to choose from – click on the style of your choice to download:

Printable Family Meal Planner

Printable Family Meal Planner

Printable Family Meal Planner

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45 Comments

  1. How clever! Just love them and thanks for providing the free download as well.. and with style options. too good! Those sticky tabs are handy aren’t they!
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  2. Fabulous printable and great idea to involve the whole family.
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  3. I came across your post on pinterest. This is such a wonderful idea! I’m definitely keeping it in the bank for my two year old!

    And the scotch tabs look like such fun! I’d use them on laminated pages for a quiet book without the sewing! It’d be perfect! Or, as a primary school teacher I can see them to be a great resource to stick labels up in the classroom!

  4. Thanks for the great printables! I can’t wait to try those scotch sticky tabs to keep my staples list inside the pantry door.

  5. What a great idea! It teaches the day of the week, how to read a menu, how to plan, and encourages an interest in food. I think I might just adopt this idea for our house too!

    And the Scotch Restickable Tabs look fabbo too! I think I might use them to spell out JJ’s name (which in real life is longer than JJ :) and try to encourage her to learn the order that the letters go…
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  6. What a wonderful idea! Looking forward to try this with my extremely fussy 3 year old. Hope it gets her to eat more of the things she now refuses to.
    Would love to win too!

  7. What a great idea!
    I’d use the tabs to display photos on the fridge, notes on the kids’ whiteboards, and reminders for myself in my home office!

  8. Loving your meal planner Kylie!! What a fab way to get the kids involved…this might be a good idea for the twins!! Thanks so much for your printables…they are going to come in very handy!
    Love those restickable tabs too…they would be just perfect for using with some laminated story cards on the feltboard i just made…genius! Also good for displaying the girls artwork!
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  9. Sooo love this planner. The restickables come in handy don’t they! This will also save on the grocery bill!
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  10. Very neat idea!!! I would probably use them for a calendar with my daughters ever changing schedule!!!

  11. Ooo things that make things re-stickable? That’s on par with the awesomeness of duct-tape (which we’re pretty pretty sure binds a whole lot of the universe together). We would use our Scotch restickable tabs to place our zillion photos anywhere and everywhere… and because we can restick it, we can change the photo or the place where we stick the photo. What a lovely way to keep things fresh :)
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  12. This is a fun and creative way to get the kids involved in meal planning! Love the idea of using the Scotch Restickable Tabs to change out the meals. The uses for these tabs are endless…. playtime, match-up games, kids’ chores, schedules, etc. Thank you for sharing the free downloads.

  13. What a great idea! My kids would have a blast with this and it might even help them be less picky. Pinning now!
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  14. Thanks for sharing great idea of making the family dinner plan. The restickable tabs looks like a great idea too for every family who definitely has many things to stick on. :)

  15. I’d use them for something just like this
    (only I’m hoping to pick a night or two when they cook!!)
    x
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  16. What a cute and cleaver idea! My boys would love to get involved with planning our own weekly menu, although admittedly it would be with a very limited repertoire… Thanks for sharing your printables – you’ve given me the inspiration to *finally* start menu planning!

  17. You are so clever! What a great way to encourage healthy eating choices! xx
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  18. Great idea to give Pebble some control over the dinner plans, I wonder if that would help Dino Boy to eat more? Some nights the meal is a hit, but not every night that is sure!
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  19. Oh wow! Love these scotch tape stick ons and love the printables!
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  20. I absolutely adore this idea, I’m pinning this and think we’ll be implementing this with The Boy over the new few weeks.
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  21. I would LOVE to have the sticky tabs to make something similar to this. I think it’s a brilliant idea!!! :-D Thanks for sharing it with all of us.

  22. Hi just wanted to let you know I linked to this post over on my blog http://threefootcooks.blogspot.com.au/

  23. Thanks for these! I just printed & laminated the days of the week & the “Today Is” to put up, to help my daughter to learn the days of the week & their order better. :)
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  25. thanks so much for this my son is autistic and struggles really bad with food and we use a visual timetable and this is absolutely perfect for him to relate he can now be involved and help me thanks so much life saver :) xx

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