HOW-TO PACK AN EASY, HEALTHY LUNCH TO SEND WITH YOUR CHILD TO PARENTS DAY OUT.
Lunchtime is a crucial part of your child’s day at PDO or Preschool day at Claire’s Day School, giving them the extra boost to refuel after an eventful morning of learning, projects & crafts, and playtime. But what do you put in your child’s lunch so that they are getting all the nutrients then need as easily, and mess-free as possible? We’ve put together a list of some good options to pack in your child’s lunchbox, as well as some references for lunch ideas and packing hacks.
Building A Basic Lunch
The mom behind Modern Honey put together a great list of items you can mix and match to make new lunches every day. Her tip was to let your kids help choose their lunch so they are more excited to eat it. For kids too young to make an organic decision, let them choose between two or three options instead of just picking for them. It will make mornings easier and lunchtime go much more smoothly.
For The Picky Eater
Do your kids get bored of sandwiches quickly? Check out these go-to’s from Happiness is Homemade to get out of the sandwich rut and into a creative, exciting lunch for your child. Our favorites are the mac n’ cheese muffins and pizza pancakes – sure to capture the attention of the pickiest eaters!
Lunch Pack Hacks
This mom got really creative in packing her children’s lunches by adding fun elements that keep her kids from getting bored at lunch time. We love the snack butterfly and cutout cheese slices in heart shapes! Because keeping kids entertained and interested in their lunch is half the battle.
Pinterest is a great source for researching new and exciting lunch and snack ideas for your kids. Leave a comment below or on our social media with any lunch packing tips you use for your family!
Please Help Us Out!
Whichever lunch option you choose, please make sure that it is cut up and ready to serve, with clearly marked instructions for heating if needed. If it is something that needs to be chilled, please send an ice-pack, or let us know so you place it in one of the cafeteria refrigerators. Please keep messy foods minimum!
Also, if your child has any food allergies, please must be sure we have a health form filled out by your child’s physician. We often have Parent’s Day Out or Preschool parents wanting to bring treats to celebrate a child’s birthday, so this is always critical information!