Fun Lunchbox Ideas for Back to School

The return to school can be challenging for parents and kids alike, particularly when it comes to getting kids to eat their lunch! Children love to play with their food; they enjoy a rainbow of colors and a variety of textures. With these three ideas in mind, you can turn just about any lunch into one they’ll love to dig into. Here are five fun and easy ways to make lunch more appealing for our little ones.


Food Picks

Think about the pretty little umbrellas in cocktails. Didn’t you love playing with those as a kid? I know I did and still do. Keep cake and cupcake decorations, as well as other food picks with child-safe picks. Clean them and insert them into fruit, vegetables and sandwiches.

Cookie Cutters

It’s easy to turn a plain sandwich into an irresistible one with a good cookie cutter. Simply make your child’s sandwich and push down on the cutter to cut shapes out. Choose cookie cutter shapes together that your child will love and get creative with. Of course, this idea works best with bread that is not toasted or frozen.

Boiled Egg People

Boiled Eggs are a fabulous and healthy protein source for a lunchbox. After you boil your eggs, make/attach faces, arms, legs and any accessories you like. For example, use gluten-free pretzels for arms, raisins for eyes, etc.

Toasted Sandwich Pops

To help make things fun and to switch it up for kids, I make these Toasted Sandwich Pops.


Lollypop/Popsicle sticks



Large cookie cutters


  1. Turn on your café grill.
  2. Butter one side of each piece of bread.
  3. Place lots of cheese (this acts like glue) on the bottom piece of bread.
  4. Put the other piece of bread on top and let it cook.
  5. Once the bread is ready, take the sandwich out and cut it with large cookie cutters.
  6. Stick a lollypop/popsicle stick in between the bread and let it cool.

Fruit Kebobs

Cut up your child’s favorite fruit (of various colors) into bite sized pieces and put on a kebob stick. Make sure the ends of the sticks are not sharp.

Author: Lisa Cantkier

Nutritionist | Consultant | Columnist

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