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8 School Lunch Ideas That Are Creative & Easy

Tired of packing the same old sandwiches every day for your kids? Liven things up and wow them with these truly clever ideas!


The school year is winding down and we're guessing you're running out of lunch ideas for the kids -- fast. We’ve all seen those amazing bento boxes with the cleverly shaped sandwiches and adorably cut-up fruit, but who has time to make that in the three minutes you have in the morning while you're also brushing someone’s hair? And then there's all that wasted bread and other ingredients you don't wind up using. So here are some simple and fun new ways to liven up your kids' lunches (because they're probably sick of PB&J every day) that you won’t have to get up at 4:30 am to make.

1. Snack 'Bento Box'

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Why we love it: This one pretty much consists of snack foods that don’t require any prep at all.Yes, it is bento box "shaped," but it's really just Tupperware made extra fancy with cupcake liners. Just put crackers, pepperoni, carrots and favorite fruits in the container. Throw in a Babybel cheese (instead of a standard cheese stick) and a small treat, and you're good to go.

Great idea from: Following In My Shoes 

2. Pizza Muffins

Why we love it: Make these ahead of time and you’ll have lunch for a whole week. Buy premade refrigerated dough or some of those crescent rolls balled up in a pinch; pop in a muffin tin (a mini one if you want bite-sized treats); add some sauce, cheese and pepperoni; and bake. You could also do English muffin pizzas, if you prefer.

Great idea from: Really From Pinterest 

3. Breakfast for Lunch

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Why we love it: Breakfast for dinner is always fun, so why not try breakfast for lunch? Prep a few extra waffles in the toaster in the AM, and buy some of those individual maple syrup packs. We’d advise throwing a hand wipe in to avoid all-day sticky hands.

Great idea from: 5 Dollar Dinners 

4. Peanut Butter With a Twist

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Why we love it: Peanut butter and honey drizzled on an English muffin is a creative twist on the classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Add some delicious pineapple and cottage cheese or yogurt on the side to make this lunch even better. Include a cute note to remind your child you're thinking of her!

Great idea from: 5 Dollar Dinners 

5. Homemade Uncrustables

Why we love it: This one is super fun and simple. Don’t buy those pre-made uncrustables -- make your own! You can either buy a cutter that will trim the edges and pinch them together for you, or you can do it to yourself. The key is not overloading the sandwich with too much in the middle. The filling is up to you!

Great idea from: Eating on a Dime 

6. Nutella & Banana Sushi

Why we love it: It looks hard, but it couldn’t be easier. Grab a wrap, spread Nutella on it and put banana on top. Then roll it up and slice it into sushi-sized portions.

Great idea from: Paging Fun Mums 

7. Pita Pocket Sandwiches

Why we love it: Put those pita pockets to good use. Make a big batch of tuna or chicken salad and then make lunches for the whole family in just a few minutes. Add some carrots and hummus for a nice, healthy side.

Great idea from: Chef Mommy 

8. Cucumber Sandwich Rolls

Why we love it: It's technically a lose-weight recipe, but we could totally see our kids scarfing down these “sandwiches” with cucumbers instead of bread. Cut out the seeds, put turkey or tuna in the middle with some mayo and squeeze together.

Great idea from: Lukeevanspt

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