School Lunch Ideas for Kids - Free Printables

School Lunch Ideas for Kids free printables by Ellabella Designs

With school about to start here and with us now having three kids to pack school lunches for 5 days a week, having a list of easy lunch ideas is crucial to help get through the hustle and bustle of those mornings!

I have spent some time updating my School Lunch Ideas for Kids printable filled with lots of ideas to mix things up. I’ve also included a blank lunch box printable so you can add your own lunch ideas your kids will love. Print it out and keep it handy so you can have fun lunch ideas to make easily!
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I have also created a bonus Healthy Eating Tips for Kids printable for you! We like to have a well-balanced lunch box for our kids which includes lots of fruits and vegetables, a little grain, protein, a healthy snack, and water is always the drink of choice for us.

School Lunch Ideas for Kids free printables by Ellabella Designs

School Lunch Ideas for Kids free printables by Ellabella Designs

Packing healthy school lunches have been a habit since our kids went to pre-school where they only allowed healthy, low-sugar foods and water to drink. However, my son is now asking for a treat in his lunch box (he is going into grade 4), so I have included some treat options on the printable. I will now surprise him with a treat maybe once a week, such as a Bear Claw cookie or some homemade chocolate banana bread - everything in moderation, right?

School Lunch Ideas for Kids free printables by Ellabella Designs

I hope to inspire you with some easy and healthy lunch ideas while also encouraging kids to make healthy choices. You can even choose to let your child do the picking and packing!

Remember, use these ideas as inspiration and modify as needed. If your kids don’t like ham, use pepperoni or chicken instead! If they hate melons but love apples, feel free to change it up! It’s all about packing what your kids like so they are sure to eat it.

School Lunch Ideas for Kids free printables by Ellabella Designs

Here are some ideas on helping you create healthy lunches for your kids for school!

Having the right supplies and having them easily accessible will make things so much easier when packing lunches! We use a pull-out basket in our cupboard and keep our insulated lunch kits and containers in it.

Lunch Box Supply Kit:


School Lunch Packing Tips:

  • Taking the time to pack lunches the night before will minimize the morning rush and ensure healthy options are chosen. (Setting up the table for breakfast helps, too!)
  • You can choose to freeze their water bottles the night before so they double as ice packs. Or you can also freeze smoothies in a reusable squeeze tube!
  • Offer a variety of foods throughout the week and involve the kids in the packing process! They’ll learn about healthy eating and be more likely to eat the foods they chose.
  • Include food from each of the food groups for a balanced meal. A lunch for kids that includes a carbohydrate (fruit, bread, crackers...) , protein (milk, cheese, yogurt, lean meat, beans…), and some fat (nuts, peanut butter, meat, some dairy…) provide children sustained energy and making sure they are well-nourished and energized for learning.
  • To keep apples from browning, simply dip the slices in lemon juice before packing them into the lunch. The mild acidity of the juice keeps them from browning.
I love to keep my School Lunch Ideas for Kids printable in the kitchen and also keep it handy in my household family binder!

What are some of your kids' favorite school lunches? How do you pack lunches in your house? I'd love it if you shared some of your ideas as well!

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For more easy school lunch box ideas for kids, make sure to visit my Pinterest board! Download these lunch box ideas today!

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