Get creative with back to school lunches. We have rounded up ideas that are easy, fun and everything in between. Use these ideas to pack a little love in your brown bag school lunches.
25 Best Back to School Lunch Ideas
It is never too early to start planning for back to school! ‘Tis the season for back to school sales at the mall, bins of school supplies lining the aisles of the discount store-I’m gonna stock up on glue sticks! Time to start thinking again about how to keep track of everyone’s backpacks, homework and packing school lunches. It’s a busy and exciting time for families with school aged children.
If your kids are old enough to spend the entire day at school, then another thing that might be on your mind is what they’ll be eating for lunch. While many schools provide cafeteria lunches, there are a few reasons why not everyone wants to count on the school to feed their children (I love Jamie Oliver’s food revolution.. anyone else?).
Saving money, feeding picky eaters, avoiding processed foods, special dietary needs, monitoring what your kids are eating, and preventing lunch time boredom are just a few of the reasons why you may choose to pack a lunch at home to send with your child. The best reason yet is to give your kids a simple reminder in the middle of their school day that you are thinking of them.
(Remember when Justin made me this lunch? I felt so loved! Simple idea for any sandwich… and that is the point of this post. I am sure if you take even part of these great ideas and make it a reality just once a week, your child -or heck, make your hubby lunch- will have fond memories of those lunches too!)
Once you’ve decided to let your child take a lunch from home–whether it’s every day or every so often–the trick is finding ways to keep that lunch fresh and fun. And thanks to great ideas all over the internet, it’s easy to find tips, tutorials, clever products, and easy recipes to do just that. And the best thing is, these ideas work great for moms like me that are trying to think beyond PB&J for their little ones at home, too.
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I love these great ideas for back to school lunches! And remember, if you are still in the swing of summer and are not yet ready to let the last few weeks slip by, be sure to check out the Top 25 S’more treat ideas! You won’t regret it!
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Originally posted 7.31.2012 // Updated 6.23.2021