Packing lunches can be a trying part of your morning routine, especially when you're trying to get your kids ready for school at the same time. Here are a few tips on how to make school lunches a piece of cake for you and a fun activity for your kids:
- Pack the night before. Packing lunches at night will make your mornings much less hectic. If you can get your kids in the routine of grabbing their lunch boxes from the fridge before they head out the door, you can make this activity as hassle-free as possible.
- Plan a week at a time. Make sure you have a pantry fully stocked for packing lunches a week out (two weeks is even better). There's nothing worse than realizing you don't have any sandwich bread left at 10 pm on a Thursday night.
- Get your kids involved. Your kids might not be old enough to make a sandwich by themselves, but that doesn't mean they can't help out. Try making a game out of packing lunches. You can supply the main entree, and your kids can fill in the rest by choosing their favorite snacks, drinks, and desserts. Not only does this save you time, it eliminates any complaints about lunch – they're the ones choosing what goes inside! It's a good idea to set some parameters for them to meet, so we've made this handy guide for your kids to use. Just write in their options and let them have fun! You can even laminate them and write with wet erase markers to reuse them day to day.