Lighten Up Your Child's Lunch Box

Riddle Me This
"For my second grade daughter, I include a note with a riddle on one side and the answer on the back of the paper. She loves it! I checked some joke books at the library to get some new jokes. I love it that we are both thinking of each other at lunchtime."

It's a Wrap
"My son likes tortilla shells better than bread. So I usually make peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese or whatever and wrap it up. He loves it, and I don't have to worry about cutting the dreaded crust off."

Work with the School Menu
"In volunteering at my son's school, I watched closely at lunchtime and learned a few things about kids and lunch. The kids who brought lunch tended to waste more food, skipping much of the main course and heading straight for dessert. I noticed the kids who bought lunch had a healthy variety served in kid-sized portions. Most of the kids who bought lunch ate most, if not all, of their lunch. My son buys his lunch and seems to enjoy it. (By the way, I eat the school lunch when I volunteer and it's actually pretty good!) His school provides a lunch menu for the month and we look at it together. If we see things that he really detests, he brings lunch on that day. It's worked well for us."

Make Lunch Fun
"I stole the idea of love notes in the lunch box, except I made a puzzle sentence for him to solve. It was a big hit! He said his friends loved it too. Of course it was a simple one, but they will get more difficult as he gets older. I drew a picture of an eye, and then a heart then the letter U for I love you (he's not old enough to think 'I love you' is uncool). His teacher told me he had a blast."


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