Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

Back to School Lunch Box Ideas

I had Vegemite sandwiches for school lunch from kindergarten through to year 6.  By high school I was bored with Vegemite sandwiches and asked for a change.  In my lunch box for high school I found Cruskits with Vegemite. No I’m not a Vegemite fiend, it was just easy for mum to use a spread on  our school lunches.

Bakers Delight Cheesymite Scrolls

Bakers Delight Cheesymite Scrolls

As a consequence I don’t think I have ever sent my kids off to school with a spread. Or if I have it has been due to a lot of begging, ie: “can we PLEASE have Nutella just this once!!” “Or, why can’t we just have plain peanut butter!!”

I try to vary every part of their school eating experience.

but… sometimes I run out of ideas.

My little ones go “Back to school” tomorrow and all of a sudden I realise it’s time to hit the supermarket and prepare the pantry for back to school lunches.

Boiled Egg Shapes

Boiled Egg Shapes

I have also trawled through some of my favourite bloggers idea’s and shared them.  Please give some love to these sites and stop by for the instructions.

Some of these lunchboxes ideas I’m suggesting are healthy, some are fun, some are for days when your just too busy to think.

Even though as parents we want to give the most nutritionally sound lunchbox ever to our children, I think a surprise or a treat here and there doesn’t hurt.  There is no point packing an amazing GF, Paleo, Vegan, Organic meal if your child is putting it in the rubbish bin.  Save those meals for a supervised dinner, or just add a little with other options.

Lunch Box Ideas

Lunch Box Snack Ideas

  1. French toast
  2. Popcorn
  3. Hommus & Chopped Veges
  4. Boiled Egg Shapes
  5. Trail mix with cubed cheese
  6. Picklets
  7. Cupcakes
  8. Muffins
  9. Home made cookies
  10. Jaffa Bliss Bombs

Lunch Box Ideas

  1. Pizza
  2. Hotdogs
  3. Zucchini Slice
  4. Corn Fritters
  5. Sandwich Sushi – Ham, cream cheese and cucumber
  6. Mini Quiche
  7. Vegetable Sausage rolls
  8. Ham cheese tomato skewers
  9. Cheese & Vegemite scrolls
  10. Pizza pinwheels

If you are still having trouble thinking of ideas, take a look at my Pinterest board Fun School Lunch box Ideas

Fruit Break Ideas

  1. Fruit Kebabs
  2. Celery sticks with peanut butter and sultana “boats”
  3. Fruit shapes with cookie cutters
  4. fruit salad

Emergency Freezer Lunch Box Ideas

Please don’t judge me, but if you are anything like me no matter how organised you are you will always have those bad days when there is no time, or nothing in the house. I have a stash of items in individual portions ready to go in the freezer for these nightmare mornings.

Domino's Cheap Tuesday Emergency Stash

Domino’s Cheap Tuesday Emergency Stash

  1. Dominos Cheap Tuesday (Bag the 8 pieces of pizza individually)
  2. Woolworths Cheese, pineapple and ham pizza breads (bakery section)
  3. Banana loaf pre buttered
  4. Poppers (juice boxes)
Woolworths Cheese Bacon Pizza Breads

Woolworths Cheese Bacon Pizza Breads

For some quirky and cute fruit ideas take a look at my Pinterest board Kids Fun Fruit & Vege Ideas

Now once again, please don’t judge me… but McDonalds offer apple bags, cookie boxes and pump water at the drive through… just in case things have gone really pear shaped! Just grab a frozen lunch out of the freezer and head to the Macca’s drive through and lunch is packed. Morning drop off continues as though nothing ever happened. 😉

Cute School Lunches

Cute School Lunches

Wow! Perhaps I won’t win mother of the year, but at least the children’s lunch box isn’t empty.

Lunchbox Ideas Pin Me

Lunchbox Ideas Pin Me

Do you have any tips and tricks for kids lunch boxes? Please feel free to share xx

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  1. Aww I love all these cute lunch ideas. That Nutella bear sandwich is my favorite. 🙂

  2. Alesah Villalon :

    Seeing these fun, healthy and deliciously looking lunches, I wanna be a schooler again! And LOL, I don’t think you’d win mother of the year…you’re Mother Of All Years and a Hall of Famer ;).

  3. Words cannot express how much I actually love this post, it is amazing. So creative and cute. Perfect for the big kids too! Especially those rice pandas and the egg shapers. AWESOME!!!

  4. Cute ideas!

  5. Fun ideas!

  6. What a timing Julie! I so need these in my life & of course in my boy’s lunchboxes. They begin school on Monday & I was pretty confused what to send..thanks for these awesome ideas.

  7. The butterflies are very cute as is the nutella teddy bear. I’m so boring when it comes to lunch boxes but probably not as bad as your mother! I’ve been making up lunch boxes for years and never seem to be inspired. I think it’s particularly difficult when no matter what level of effort you go to, your child never eats it anyway xx

  8. These are fantastic ideas! I love the nutella bear sandwich and egg shapes in particular – how cute. Your children will by envied I suspect 🙂

  9. Ha love the Maccas confession. I’m not at the school lunch box stage yet (thank God childcare prepares lunch) but bookmarking this for the future!

  10. Wonderful ideas Julie ! With a lunch like this I came back to school too 😉

  11. This post is seriously for the big kids as well! Too adorable to eat.

  12. It’s been ages since I’ve been in school. And my school lunch boxes never looked this good! Or tasty. Makes me want to return to school. 🙂

  13. Ya know, I was just telling someone I’d never had vegemite! I’d be such a happy camper with any of the offered options above though, the pizza breads are calling my name a bit louder =)

  14. I was giggling like a five year old when I saw this, I swear, if I saw this in my lunchbox at uni, I would lose it! Such an AWESOME lunch idea 😀
    Those pandas… own my heart 😛

    Choc Chip Uru

  15. Some fantastic ideas Julie…and not just for school kids!

  16. Aww I’ve seen the egg shaping moulds and panda sushi at the Japanese stores – they’ve got their bentos down for their kids 😛

  17. I keep seeing those egg moulds everywhere and this is not helping my resolve to not buy more kitchen gadgets! Too cute. My family, too, is trying not to just fall into the Vegemite sandwich black hole (pun intended) for my nephew who is starting kinder!

  18. Trust with all these delightful ideas your children will be even more excited by the lunches you pack for them. =) Trust, too, that big kids are allowed to enjoy these bento goodies,!

  19. absolutely delightful picks and adorably presented. sure to bring a smile to any kid’s face. no kid would refuse these!! they are all so healthy too! thanks for sharing! I need to try some of these !!

  20. Aww such awesomely cute ideas!!
    I know how I easily got bored of my lunch box haha!
    I’m glad I dont have kids yet to need to rack through my mind to keep them entertained haha!
    But this is an awesomely cute post and I could use it to entertain myself now! XD

  21. Lunchboxes have definitely improved in my day – generally I had a peanut butter sandwich, or a Kraft cheese and sandwich ham sandwich if I was lucky!

  22. I’m lucky – I trained Miss9 to make her own lunch years ago, and I often can convince Miss7 to make hers, too. I try not to buy packet stuff like Muesli bars as I hate the excess packaging. Home-popped Popcorn is a fav here, as is hommus and celery sticks, or olives and cut up cucumber. That Nutella bear is so cute, sadly our school has banned nutella, peanut butter, eggs…

    • Great job training the little ones to make their own lunch. I always say my job is to make myself redundant in the kids lives. You know you are doing well when you raise independent kids

  23. What fun lunch ideas! Those panda rice balls are really adorable.

  24. Some great ideas here! And I love that little bear!

    Thanks for contributing to The Sunday Brunch Magazine.

    All the best,

    Eliza & Bel

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