It’s time for Ask Octavia and Vicky, round 2!
I was just thinking that there is soooo much info on the web about kids lunch boxes and what to/not to pack for them, and how to say no when they ask for “LCMs” etc. However, my little man is not likely to munch on carrot sticks like some websites suggest.
I thought you may have some practical ideas/advice as a teacher of little ones, and I was wondering if you could do a blog about it.
My son starts school in a few weeks and I’m starting to feel very afraid about packing 5 lunchboxes a week.
I hope you are enjoying the sunshine!
I wish I had an easy answer for you! I think school lunches is one of those things that drives parents round the twist. No matter how hard you try to pack a delicious and nutritious lunch, something will inevitably come back uneaten. Then just when you think you’re on to a winner, your lovely child decides that they now hate their favourite lunch box choices.
I see lots of different lunch boxes come through the classroom, but I thought one of the best ways to get ideas for lunches is from kids themselves. Chatting to the five and six year olds that I know, I was quite surprised by how simple they like their lunch. Here are the favourites:
- Sandwiches, rolls and wraps
- vegemite and butter
- tomato and ham
- ham, cheese and mustard
- butter and ham
- mustard, fritz and sauce
- ham and cheese
- fritz and sauce
- chicken and lettuce
- Other lunch box favourites:
- cold pasta with chicken and tomato
- crackers with butter and/or cheese
- sushi (lots of mums make home made sushi!)
- cruskits and juam
- salad (tomato, cucumber, lettuce)
- pizza (homemade or leftovers)
- Favourite snacks for break time
- chocolate custard (homemade)
I suggest going straight to the source for ideas. Give your child a range of things to choose from and ask them to pick what they would like for lunch. If you want to limit ‘treats’ and pre-packaged food perhaps have a 1-per-day rule. Try to keep it simple, for you and for them. They don’t need to have a different lunch every day – no need to get all Martha Stewart on yourself!
If you’re looking for more lunch box inspiration, try these ideas from other Aussie mums:
What’s in your child’s favourite lunch box?