Make School Lunches Fun for Little Kids

Making school lunches fun

( Do you have young children just starting school this fall? Here are some lunch gear items that are child friendly, to help ensure your kids can actually enjoy the yummy foods you have spent so much time and energy preparing.

Fun Products for Young Kids' School Lunches

Bright Bin

bright bin lunch boxWorried about the kids' school lunch containers coming home without lids? This may just be the product for you. The two-level lunch box eliminates the need for matching lids because everything is attached. The top container is roomy enough for a hearty sandwich or leftovers, while the bottom container is split into three sections to separate snack items. This easily fits into an insulated lunch bag with an ice pack to keep food cold.

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Contigo Kids Stainless Steel Food Jar

Does your child prefer hot lunches? This vacuum-insulated stainless steel food jar keeps food hot for five hours. The big plus that sets this food jar apart is the grip handle: a great idea to help prevent the tragedy of a spilled lunch, especially for younger children, because it helps them maintain a good hold on the container while eating.

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This utensil is a spoon and a fork, all in one. There are also 3-in-1 versions that include a knife, but for most children the 2-in-1 is more than enough.

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Easy Lunchboxes

This is a three-compartment lunch box with a lid designed to be easy for a preschooler to open. Therefore, it works well for sandwiches, but runny or wet foods may leak and should be packed in a separate leak-proof container. A package comes with four containers, making it easy to prep a few days' worth of food in advance and keep it in the fridge until needed.

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The Bottom Line

Besides saving you money, packing your own school lunches puts you and the kids in charge of what fuels their bodies and minds! In addition, many schools are now encouraging litterless packaging as a way to be kind to the environment. Be sure to take the lunch gear for a "test drive" to make sure your child can open and close the containers easily.

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