Easy ways to pack school lunches!
- We all know the dreaded “what to pack the kids for lunch” moment! After many years of packing lunches, we compiled of list of 12 Tips for Packing School Lunches to make your life a little bit easier. Whether you are a new parent or a seasoned pro, there’s nothing wrong with picking up some new tips and tricks. You can read the full list below, but I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorites 😉
Buy snacks in bulk & portion out!
- One of my favorite things to do is buy snacks in bulk. It saves you both time and money from having to go out every week to re-stock. When you buy in bulk, make sure that you spend a few minutes organizing the snacks and portioning them out as soon as you get home! This way you don’t create extra stress when the morning rush starts and all the snack are already pre-portioned. I like to get the small zip baggies and fill them with the bulk snacks like Goldfish, Trail Mix, Pretzels, or whatever other snacks you get. Now you have snacks that have already been prepared and just be thrown in a lunch box.
Let kids select their own snacks!
- After you have pre-portioned those bulk snacks, you can organize them so the kids can select their own snacks. We have three containers that divide snacks into. The first container is for dry goods like Goldfish, Trail Mix, Pretzels, and other like items. The second container has pre-packaged items like Fruit Cups, Apple Sauce, Yogurts, and things like that. Finally, the last container is for treats like Candy, Brownies, Cookies, and all those other fun things. We make our kids choose one thing from each bin to put in their lunch. That way they get control over what they want to eat each day and all YOU have to worry about is the “main dish”. This method has worked so great for us that I wish I had heard about it sooner!
What are your favorite tips & tricks???
- Now that you know a few of our favorite tips, go ahead and read the entire list below to find out the rest of them. The trick to making school lunches less stressful (at least for me) is to plan ahead and stay organized. Those are by far the most difficult things in the entire world, but when I can do them it makes a huge difference. Hopefully, you can use a few of these tips and tricks we have listed below to make your routine more efficient and easier. We’d love to hear about the tips and tricks you all already use to make packing lunch for your kids easier!
12 Tips for Packing School Lunches!
- Prevent chips from being crushed by filling the zip bag with air using a straw before sealing it
- Use frozen beverages as ice packs
- Instead of buying individually portioned snacks, save by buying in bulk and portioning it out at home
- Stop a sliced apple from browning by wrapping it in plastic wrap
- Be prepared by making and freezing PB&J sandwiches ahead of time
- Write a message on a banana peel with a toothpick
- Stock your pantry, and let the kids choose what items they want in their lunch
- Freeze a sponge and use it as an ice pack
- Use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes out of cheese, tortillas, and sandwiches
- Make caterpillars with grapes, chocolate chips, skewers, and icing
- Make your own Lunchables with divided disposable containers or muffin liners
- Create snack butterflies with decorated clothespins
That way they get control over what they want to eat each day and all YOU have to worry about is the “main dish”. This method has worked so great for us that I wish I had heard about it sooner! Also, check out some cool gifts for kids at Funtastic Toy.