5 Lunch Ideas for Kids

Olivia started going to “school” when she was only 2 years old and I wanted to create a blog post about lunch ideas for kids since we have been packing one for her ever since! We have this amazing school program for only a few hours in the morning and it has been great to teach her structure and she has been learning so much! It was difficult for me in the beginning trying to pack up her lunches because they don’t heat up their food at school. So “cold lunches” weren’t something that I was used to. Thankfully I have begun to get the hang of it and I thought I would share a few of the lunch ideas that I have been using throughout the last two years for her! 

5 Lunch Ideas for Kids // Easy Lunch Ideas that you can put together for your child once school is back in session!

5 Lunch Ideas for Kids

Lunch Idea #1

Sandwich skewers with turkey, cheese & pickles // GoGo squeeZ® applesauce pouch // pretzels

5 Lunch Ideas for Kids // Easy Lunch Ideas that you can put together for your child once school is back in session!

Lunch Idea #2

Pepperoni slices, cheese squares & crackers // GoGo squeeZ® applesauce pouch // Blueberries

5 Lunch Ideas for Kids // Easy Lunch Ideas that you can put together for your child once school is back in session!

Lunch Idea #3

Hard Boiled Eggs // Cheese Stick // Grapes // Crackers with PB

5 Lunch Ideas for Kids // Easy Lunch Ideas that you can put together for your child once school is back in session!

Lunch Idea #4

Chicken salad finger sandwich // Carrots with Hummus // Apple Slices (soak the slices in water to prevent browning)

5 Lunch Ideas for Kids // Easy Lunch Ideas that you can put together for your child once school is back in session!

Lunch Idea #5

Heart Shaped PB & J // Cucumbers & Carrots with Hummus // GoGo squeeZ® applesauce

5 Lunch Ideas for Kids // Easy Lunch Ideas that you can put together for your child once school is back in session!

 

Olivia’s school that she is in now doesn’t allow peanut butter so typically I will omit the “peanut butter sandwich” for egg salad, chicken salad, or turkey and cheese! She loves when I use our cookie cutters to create shapes for her sandwiches! J GoGo squeeZ® applesauce pouches are super easy to add into any lunch and I love that they are made with 100% fruit and there is no artificial anything! They are healthy and delicious and come in a variety of flavors (like AppleBerry & AppleBanana).

Another tip is that if you want to send your child off to school with a “hot” lunch, purchase thermal holders that keep your food hot for up to 5 hours! It’s perfect if you wanted to send pasta or soup with your kids to school and they don’t have access to a microwave! Typically I just make Olivia cold lunches, but having this option is nice so we bought one last year and it works really well! 

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66 Comments

  1. August 14, 2017 / 9:26 am

    oh these are great ideas!! i’m so glad you shared. i’ve never had mine away from me for lunch before, but she’s starting pre-k this week and i literally almost panicked at the thought of packing her a lunch and trying not to screw it up. this has been on my mind!! thanks for the inspiration!! hope you’re relaxing and enjoying the best best newborn cuddles. 🙂 🙂

  2. Deidra
    August 14, 2017 / 10:25 am

    I have just started doing lunches- my first just started preschool last week. So far we’ve been sending turkey and cheese sandwiches, pretzels or goldfish crackers, an applesauce pouch, and either a pack of fruit snacks or vanilla wafers.

  3. mami2jcn
    August 14, 2017 / 10:44 am

    Yogurt, applesauce, and crackers plus a sandwich and drink make our typical lunch.

  4. mami2jcn
    August 14, 2017 / 10:57 am

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  5. Julie Wood
    August 14, 2017 / 11:48 am

    I make a healthy lunch with whole grain tortillas, with their favorite toppings, fruit and drink.

  6. Julie Wood
    August 14, 2017 / 11:49 am

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  7. Natalie
    August 14, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    I typically pack healthy lunches including apple slices, grapes, string cheese, nuts, granola bars and wraps for her lunch.

  8. Cheryl B
    August 14, 2017 / 2:43 pm

    We focus on the healthy lunches, so We make our own versions of lunchables, We use sandwiches, fruits, yogurts etc.

  9. Brie Havrilla
    August 14, 2017 / 3:06 pm

    I do very similar lunches for my girls and they are 6 and 10 years old. Boiled eggs are a favorite, i also do meat and cheese skewers, pb and j, i try to always add in a fruit, usually apples, cuties or something that won’t go bad or get smooched easily. Popcorn or nuts are also good sides. I have one kid with a milk allergy, so i usually buy her the mini almond milks and the other gets horizon milks which i love because they have multiple milk flavor options.

  10. Erica
    August 14, 2017 / 3:51 pm

    We’re gearing up for kindergarten! Love those lunch boxes – I just bought the bentgo kids and I have high hopes for lots of healthy options and no leaks! I’m in the process of typing out our snack/lunch options that way I can help my son pick through the lists and mix and match his lunch (hoping if he’s involved then he’ll eat it all!) I’ll be sure to send it your way once it’s completed!

  11. Jessica To
    August 14, 2017 / 4:34 pm

    My son usually wants a ham and cheese sandwich or cheese crackers.

  12. Elsa
    August 14, 2017 / 4:43 pm

    My kids love turkey and cheese wraps with a side of apples and some pretzels. I even make that for my lunch

  13. Elena
    August 14, 2017 / 5:20 pm

    sandwich or turkey wrap + baby carrots + apple slices

  14. Elena
    August 14, 2017 / 5:22 pm

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  15. Jenny
    August 14, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    Making lunches is one of the most stressful parts of my day😑 My oldest is super picky, but luckily my youngest will eat or try most things. Our school also does not heat things up, but they’ve gotten use to eating chilled spaghetti or other leftover. I try to pack a fruit (always a win) and a veggie (hit or miss) and then and applesauce or yogurt. Some of our favorites are quesadillas and apple sandwichs (thinly sliced apples with peanut butter in between).

  16. Will G
    August 14, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    A sandwich, fruit, and veggies.

  17. Mary Ann Coker
    August 14, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    My kids love turkey rolls and cheese sticks!

  18. August 14, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    I love these ideas. I definitely takes creativity to come up with cold lunch ideas. My little guy loves the go go squeez pouches too!

  19. Shannon Elmore
    August 14, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    Love switching up regular bread with croissants for sandwiches!

  20. Jennie
    August 14, 2017 / 7:27 pm

    Yogurt, cheese sticks, pbj sandwich. Juice box and always a note from mom…..wishing my son an awesome day!! He loves to find the note to see what I have to say!

  21. Monica hoekstra
    August 14, 2017 / 7:35 pm

    I am a nanny of 3 kids so I pack lots of lunches! They always love tortilla shells with melted cheese and pizza sauce on them, ham and cheese roll ups, uncrustables(super easy!), yogurt with granola and a fruit, pickles with ham wrapped around them and a cheese stick!

  22. Jessie C.
    August 14, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    We usually have fruit, Greek yogurt, mixed nuts and sandwich.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  23. ashleigh
    August 14, 2017 / 11:43 pm

    we are starting preschool this year and i’m spending waaay too much time researching fun ideas, but so far i am thinking shredded chicken, lots of fruit, lots of dehydrated fruits/veggies. trader joe’s makes this crunchy dehydrated broccoli that both my kids LOVE. i’ll be using those gogosqueeze pouches because my boy is obsessed.
    also going to make some almond butter type lunches as our school is peanut-free as well.

  24. Molly Lannen
    August 15, 2017 / 1:53 am

    We make little “corn dog” muffins. Corn bread with a chunk of a turkey dog in the middle made in a small muffin tin, watermelon hearts, homemade lunchables, noddles with peas and parm.

  25. Julie
    August 15, 2017 / 12:08 pm

    Cream cheese and veggie sandwich, tortellini (room temp is fine) w/sauce and parm, bean and cheese quesadilla, using soft pretzel bites on skewers, breakfast for lunch – french toast strips, yogurt and fruit. I’m working on a huge list of ideas right now for my oldest who starts kindergarten in two weeks. Yikes!!

  26. Kelly D
    August 15, 2017 / 8:49 pm

    My daughter likes bringing yogurt, cheese sticks and grapes to school a lot of the time.

  27. Suburbia Mom
    August 15, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Cucumber, pepper sticks, and hummus are always a hit.

  28. Chrissy
    August 15, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    I typically start of the week strong with some great pre-cut fruits and veggies all neatly labelled in cute dishes and by the end of the week she’s eating sandwiches and pouches. That being said, some of the fun things we really enjoy and that have expanded her palate are falafel, moroccan carrot salad and curried chicken bites with rice. I’ve really tried to introduce a lot of unique flavors in the hopes that she will be a less picky eater. She just started refusing to eat blueberries though so apparently I haven’t been as successful as I would like!

  29. Faith
    August 16, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    Great ideas! We send lots clementines a lot- she loves that she can peel them herself and also send the Go-Squeeze yogurt pouches. They don’t have to be refrigerated so that’s a plus! I love the idea of using the cookie cutter for the sandwich I might surprise her with that someday soon!

  30. Madeline
    August 17, 2017 / 7:15 am

    I like to put some of the following in our lunches: cashews or almonds, a banana, and red pepper slices.

  31. Mita
    August 17, 2017 / 11:26 am

    Vegetable cheese sandwich or cheese crackers.

  32. Margaret Smith
    August 19, 2017 / 2:29 pm

    Mostly fresh fruit. My kids also like sliced carrots and yogurt. This GoGo Squeez is a great idea. We’re going to give it a try. Thanks so much.

  33. Rachel
    August 21, 2017 / 5:59 pm

    I typically send my niece to school with yogurt, apples or grapes, a turkey and cheddar wrap and on occasion hummus with pita chips.

  34. Madonna
    August 21, 2017 / 9:11 pm

    My days of school lunches are over but I used to send yogurt, fruit usually strawberries or bananas, string cheese and sometimes baked fish or chicken.

  35. Vincent
    August 23, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    We typically pack meat & cheese with crackers or hummus with pita, veggie, fruit and sparkling water.

  36. August 23, 2017 / 9:47 pm

    My kids like things they can assemble, like Lunchables.
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  37. Allison Swain
    August 24, 2017 / 12:50 am

    I like doing fruits + veggies, sandwiches, wraps, hummus, nuts.

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  38. amber
    August 24, 2017 / 9:25 pm

    turkey wraps and yogurt

  39. Stephanie Phelps
    August 26, 2017 / 8:17 pm

    We usually do turkey and cheese roll ups, cheese sticks, pretzels and apple or oranges!

  40. Jen
    August 28, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I like to pack a banana, a ham and cheese sandwich, string cheese, and animal crackers for my daughter.

  41. Elle
    August 28, 2017 / 12:26 pm

    I usually go with grapes, a small water bottles, crackers like Goldfish and a sandwich of some kind like turkey or bologna.

  42. August 31, 2017 / 1:31 pm

    My kids had been asking for turkey and cheese sandwiches for lunch. I usually make some fun and cute characters with the bread and add some fruit and veggies on the sides as well. Oh…and they love GoGoSqueez as well. 🙂

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  43. Lisa Brown
    September 6, 2017 / 2:31 pm

    Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, yogurt, strawberries, blueberries, applesauce, pudding, cheese sticks, bananas.
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

  44. Steve Weber
    September 6, 2017 / 10:20 pm

    ham and cheese pinwheels!

  45. Janice Cooper
    September 7, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Ham & cheese sandwich and fruit

  46. OFG
    September 8, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    yogurt, fruit and cheese are staples in our house.

  47. Natalie
    September 8, 2017 / 6:40 pm

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  48. kjasus
    September 9, 2017 / 8:28 am

    my son does not like sandwiches so i pack lots of fun snacks like fresh popcorn, fruit, veggies..

  49. CR Williams
    September 11, 2017 / 10:47 pm

    I usually give my daughter a ham and cheese sandwich, with fruit snacks, a bag of pirate booty and a drink. Oh yes and water, that is a must.

  50. Sarah Feit
    September 13, 2017 / 1:01 am

    Great ideas above! My 7th grader just started at a very small school with no cafeteria. this is my first time having to contemplate school lunches for weeks on end. I bought a small thermos so she can have warm food and a bento box with a snap in icepack that fits inside a LandsEnd lunchbox. A typical week includes: day 1) warm soup with cheese and crackers with a fruit; day 2) spaghetti and cheese toast; day 3) a sandwich with pretzels and fruit; day 4) a tortilla rollup (meat or pb&j); and day 5) frozen burrito that I warmed up earlier in the morning, and stays lukewarm in the lunchbox. Fruit always. I’m learning as I go what gets eaten and what doesn’t. If dinner is an immediate hit, I try to save some for lunch later in her week. Fruits that work are clementines, grapes, apples, cantaloupe, and cut peaches. Good luck everyone! Its tough making lunch at 6:45 in the morning.

  51. Ellie Wright
    September 17, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    We keep it pretty simple. Sandwiches, chips or crackers and Jello or fruit cups.

  52. hannah
    September 17, 2017 / 9:06 pm

    We do fresh fruit and veggies in every lunch. Another favorite is deli meat and cheese rollups – just take 3 or 4 types of meat and cheese and roll them up. It’s like a sandwich but without the bread.

  53. Stefanie G
    September 17, 2017 / 10:34 pm

    we love pb&j sandwiches, carrots, and a banana in our lunches!

  54. Barbara Montag
    September 18, 2017 / 12:07 am

    When the kids were in school they ate the school lunch.
    We had crazy hours and it worked the best.
    thank you

  55. Tamara
    September 21, 2017 / 9:13 pm

    I like to add either fruit or yogurt in the lunch pack, the kids usually like that.
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  56. Emily N.
    September 24, 2017 / 5:02 pm

    Organic grapes and baby carrots are great for lunch boxes.

  57. latanya
    September 26, 2017 / 1:20 pm

    we do turkey sandwiches and apple slices

  58. Linda C.
    September 28, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Ham and cheese roll ups.

  59. Betty Curran
    September 29, 2017 / 1:46 am

    I don’t have children in school now but many years ago when they took lunches peanut butter was fine. None of my children can remember anyone in their school being allergic to nuts of any kind. They oftn took PB&J or cheese sandwiches with plenty of fresh fruit.

  60. Sarah L
    September 29, 2017 / 6:18 pm

    No kids. I like having fruit and cheese sticks and crackers.
    Thanks for the contest.

  61. Leela
    September 29, 2017 / 9:41 pm

    My kids love snack packs, cupcakes and nutella sandwiches.

  62. Thomas Murphy
    September 29, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    My son like ham and cheese sandwiches with chips.

  63. Jerry Marquardt
    September 30, 2017 / 3:41 pm

    My fun options to send my kids to school with include getting them some very chic clothes that they enjoy wearing and also some gourmet lunches.

  64. sarah k
    September 30, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    nut butter sandwiches with jam are favorites and also a fruit bowl or pouch and freeze-dried vegetables.

  65. Susan Christy
    September 30, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    Homemade Lunchables – cheese, crackers, turkey cut into small pieces with mandarin oranges or a banana.

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