What lunch to pack for fussy 5 year-old?

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Registered: 10-28-2004
What lunch to pack for fussy 5 year-old?
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Mon, 01-26-2009 - 1:27pm
My DS is an extremely picky eater...he'll only eat cereal, scrambled eggs, chicken patty, pancakes, sausages, italian wedding soup and occasionally pasta.
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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 01-27-2009 - 12:38pm
What a cool idea. Lindsay would love that.

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 01-27-2009 - 12:35pm

Lindsay isn't crazy about fruit cups either but she will eat cut up fruit such as apples or strawberries. I'm trying to get her to eat bananas that way so I can send some to school.

Isn't it fun trying to figure out what they will eat? Or even figuring out how to pack what you know they will eat?

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Registered: 06-25-2005
Tue, 01-27-2009 - 12:14pm

My ds used to take cereal for lunch occasionally. I'd put the cereal in an empty margarine or cool whip tub. I'd put the milk in an empty water bottle. It worked out just great! Ds is actually the one who figured out a solution for taking cereal to school since he wanted it so badly!

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Registered: 10-28-2004
Tue, 01-27-2009 - 9:38am

I don't send him to school with a packed lunch, he (SOME of the time, LOL) eats the hot lunch...those are all very good ideas - he won't eat cold cuts though, OR fruit cup (I don't know WHAT I did wrong, I tried turning him onto all good foods when he was a baby, to no avail).

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Registered: 03-19-2003
Tue, 01-27-2009 - 12:48am

What do you normally send in for his lunch?

My dd doesn't eat sandwiches at all. I send in cheese sticks or squares (cracker size), crackers, sometimes turkey or ham slices instead of the sandwich. Cut up fruit, water veggies and a small treat. Occasionally I will send in chicken nuggets or mac-n-cheese in a thermos. It stays hot for quite a while that way. She will eat chicken nuggets cold so sometimes I don't even heat them up and will just stick them in a baggie and since I have ice in the lunch box for the water and cheese/meat already they stay cool.

I've gotten some other ideas from a gf who's son doesn't eat sandwiches either that I have stored away for next year when she will be in school longer and a late snack won't see her through the day. My friend will cut up pieces of last nights chicken or beef and put them in a ziploc container along with tortillas and cheese. Her son will either make himself a wrap or just eat the things separately. She will send finger foods (mini hotdogs, cheese spread on crackers, mini carrots) that he either assembles himself or he can eat and dip in sauces, yogurt, cream cheese, pb. Bagel bits and yogurt. She always includes two kinds of fruit.

If you son will eat the pancakes cold you could send them cut up, along with some sausages (wrapped in tinfoil) and then get those small individual packets of syrup for him to dip the pancakes into. Pack some fruit cut up so he can eat it along with the pancakes and sausages. Just make sure you pack a couple of handi wipes so he can clean up easily if there isn't a bathroom close by where they decide to have lunch.