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With so many of us Australians focused on back to school I thought I would share some lunchbox inspiration for planning lunches and the fun stuff like lunchbox notes and jokes. My kids love when I put these in amongst the meusli bars and bananas!
How I plan lunches
I have compiled a list of food ideas over the years and keep adding to it as we try new foods so thought I would include a School Lunchbox Meal Planner here in case you are looking for new ideas. Click the link to download the printable.
I then use a paper planner to organise the kids lunches in advance (as much as possible) the same way I meal plan dinners. This year I am having them select items themselves each Sunday so I know (hope) things get eaten.
Here are 2 to choose from:
Bianca at A Little delightful created a cute planner where you note the child’s name, date and food choices.
I find monthly meal planning works best for me so am using this monthly planner and seeing how it goes. Then when I bake I can schedule those items and know when I need more baking done
Notes from you to the kiddos
Make and takes has a cute version that includes prompts so you can share memories or special things you love about your kids.
Chickabug also has very cute notes with prompts including for you to tell them why you are proud of them or why they are wonderful.
This “Love in a lunchbox” post is fabulous from Sun Scholars and includes DIY and links to more note sources.
Buttoned up really can do no wrong with printables – their lunch notes are cute and fresh and funny!
I wish metal lunchboxes like this were common here – I loved picking out a new one every year! Adding chalkboard paint to the inside lid is genius! Write notes, reminders or draw a cute picture for your child.
Jokes and Puns to brighten up their day
All for the boys has a page of great jokes and some blanks for you to fill in with your own favourites or a simple note.
If you are a pun lover you will enjoy these cute notes with sayings like “Orange you cute!”
Do you have any great tips for school lunchboxes or a favourite recipe / food to include – share in the comments and help all of us parents who hate lunchboxes (especially those of us with less than easy going eaters)!
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