The kids are officially back in school and we now have 3 out of the house on most days. That means 3 times the rushed morning routines, 3 times begging them to brush their teeth and hair and 3 times the lunches to be made. But wait. This year, we’ve delegated the lunch making duties to the kids because if they make their lunches they are 100% more likely to eat them.
One thing we feared this year is our 4-year-old picky eater. She usually gets her sustenance from white rice, noodles, cucumbers, yogurt and cookies. She has a passion for helping while we cook so it was an easy decision to get her to help make her lunches.
The Perfect Formula to Get Kids to Make Their Own School Lunches
Getting the kids to make their own lunches starts with getting them excited about the process. This formula works wonders for us and we always go to our local Walmart to get everything we need.
Hype Them Up. We have been talking about them making their own lunches the whole month of August. When we ate meals, we would ask the kids if they would like them for school. Wraps, pasta salad and sandwiches still hold top spot for our kids and are easy to make.
Let Them Choose Their Own Lunch Bags. Each child is an individual and we’re letting go of the reigns a bit with ours and letting them make their own decisions. I did push a little so that they would choose bigger lunch bags to fit all of their food in them, but am really happy with their choices.
My youngest daughter has opted for her favourite My Little Pony lunch bag. Our eldest daughter picked this beautiful Athletic Works chevron bag. I love that they both chose bags that are bright and cheerful and big enough to store lots of great food.
Get an Assortment of Lunch Containers. One thing we have learned over the years is that you need a wide variety of lunch containers so that you are not restricted in what to pack. This Rubbermaid 18-piece storage set comes with containers of different sizes and we grabbed two of them. I find that the lids keep everything sealed tight and they really stand the test of durability over time.
We also grabbed these sectioned Mainstays containers and noodle bowls. The bright colours are a welcome addition and the kids have already claimed a colour each.
Snack Choices. We like to have an assortment of lunch and snack choices in the house. By giving the kids choices, they are less likely to come home from school with uneaten food (my pet peeve). We have stocked up on some great items from Walmart’s Great Value brand including Animal Cookies, Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies, Diced Peaches Fruit Cups, and Round Original Baked Snack Crackers in addition to the fresh fruit we purchased such as apples and bananas for the win.
Lunch Choices. Sandwiches and wraps are so versatile that they are a clear fave in our home. We make sure to have sliced cheese, meat and vegetables in our fridge at all times. This has been a lifesaver during the summer months for quick and easy lunch ideas.
Another cost efficient and versatile dish we love is pasta salad. I cook rotini and when it cools I toss it with some Zesty Italian dressing so it doesn’t stick. The kids can then add whatever toppings they want such as, cherry tomatoes and cucumbers, chopped turkey and cheese, or shredded carrot, celery and apple. The possibilities are truly endless and it stores really well in the fridge for a few days.
Make Lunches the Night Before. Making lunches the night before takes some of the craziness out of the morning rush. It is also a great addition to a bedtime routine to help them unwind. We’ve been using the time to chat about what is going to happen the next day and prepare ourselves. This is also the time when my kids ‘remember’ they have homework they forgot about, are starving, need to drink a glass of water, and get the urge to explain Minecraft to me one more time.
Walmart For Back to School
We did a large chunk of our back to school shopping at Walmart–hello affordable uniforms–and I love that we could grab so much of what was on our list in one place.
School may have already started but it is not too late to pick up some of Walmart’s back to school essentials and take advantage of their low prices every day. Perfect for those items that we forgot to buy that the teacher will 100% send a note home about.