Family Time Calendar: Decorated Lunch Bags and Boxes

Are your kids heading off to school with their lunches packed in plain brown paper bags? In honor of National School Lunch Week, encourage youngsters to create some "bag art" to celebrate good nutrition.

Even unadorned thermal totes or lunch boxes provide blank canvases for budding artists. Kids will have no trouble finding their lunch bag in the pile of brown bags, and lunchtime will be a colorful experience!


What you'll need:

  • Plain brown lunch bags or a plain lunch box or thermal tote
  • Crayons or markers (use permanent markers for lunchboxes)
  • Stencils or cookie cutters
  • Rubber stamps and stamp pads
  • Stickers

What you'll do:

For paper lunch bags: Imagination is the key tool here! Kids of all ages can use crayons and markers to add graphic details to plain brown bags. If desired, use stencils (or cookie cutters) to outline fun shapes. Try a different art medium -- set out rubber stamps and stamp pads in assorted colors. Stickers provide even more of a colorful punch. Don't stop at just a few: Create a big bunch for all those days of lunch!

For plastic lunch boxes and totes: Use permanent markers when creating designs (regular markers usually smear on plastic.) If you use rubber stamps, switch to permanent ink pads.

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