Make Your Own Lunch: A Guide for Children
We don’t start school for another month, but this summer we’ve been practicing some skills I’d like the kids to use when school starts up again. And one task I definitely won’t mind having them take over is the ever so lovely job of making lunches! (Sarcasm font intended) We are still at the phase where it tends to take a lot longer and result in a much bigger mess when the kids are in the kitchen, but I also think it’s a good idea for them to start making some of their own decisions when it comes to eating! I created a chart so that they could see the different kinds of things they might want to put in their lunch, and choose appropriately. Because, if I left it entirely up to them (and someone gave them money and took them shopping and didn’t supervise them), this is probably what their lunches would look like…
My chart has some slightly more reasonable options… It was easy to make using a spreadsheet, and I can always update and print it again as I think of more things. You also might want to check out this list of “real food” ideas from 100 Days of Real Food.
We have a set of lunch containers that I bought on Amazon, and we’ve had a pretty good experience with them. The tubs and lids stayed nice all year long. They didn’t get stained by the food we put in them. My only complaint about them is that the lid did not always seal tightly between the parts of the container, which caused a problem a couple of times when I packed one compartment with something that was a little more “soupy”.