Updated: This article has been updated in July, 2020 to add more information to the post.
Packing lunch for school every day of the year can get monotonous and time-consuming.
We want to share with you some lunch hacks and school lunch ideas to make packing lunch easier for mom and more fun for the kids! After all, we want our mornings to be as stress-free as possible!
School Lunch Hacks
School cafeteria lunches have not always been known to be great and some places they’re not very healthy, so packing your child’s lunch is very important to some. Also, some kids are pickier than others, and that is fine.
But these school lunch hacks are sure to save time and make lunch packing a bit easier for everyone. (This post contains affiliate links.)
Genius Lunch Hacks
Homemade Ice Packs With Sponges
Make your own homemade ice pack using sponges. Via Kids activities blog
Drain Plastic Fruit Cups
Use this quick hack to drain the juice out of kids mandarin oranges cups. via Your Modern Family
School Lunch Hacks
Apple Hacks and Tricks
Or keep them together with a rubber band! via A Helicopter Mom
Thermos Funtainer 10 Ounce Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Kids Food Jar, Blue
Send kids to school with warm lunches like macaroni or ravioli by using a kid-friendly Thermos jar. It’s also awesome for keeping food cold like fresh fruit!
Food Hacks For Kids – School Lunch Ideas
Cut sandwiches into fun bite-sized pieces with a Sandwich cutter or make your own uncrustables sandwiches using this decruster sandwich maker. Don’t throw away the scraps, try to use them to make other dishes. Via Unsophistic Cook
Sandwich Ideas For Kids
Or pack your kids all the toppings separately so that they can make their own open faced sandwich faces. Via kids activities blog.
Make Ahead Sandwiches For The Week
Quickly make two weeks worth of sandwiches at once and freeze them so they are ready each morning. via The Pinning Mama
Food Hacks For Kids
Use your juice box as an ice pack! Just keep them frozen and they will keep the food cool while it de-thaws during the day. via Passion for Savings
Lunch Notes For Kids
Kids Lunch Ideas – School Lunch Hacks
SQUOOSHI Reusable Baby Food Pouches 5 oz-6 Count
Save money on applesauce pouches by making your own at home with reusable pouches.
How To Store Smoothies For Your Child’s Lunch Box
If your kids love smoothies they can totally take them to school! Follow this tutorial to make lunch box smoothies. Via Food for my family
Make your own DIY Lunchables that goes perfect in a mason jar! via Smart School House
Back To School Chalkboard Lunch Box
Paint the inside of a tin lunch box with chalkboard paint so you can leave fun notes inside every day! via About Mom
Bentgo Kids Children’s Lunch Box – Leak-Proof
The BentGo box has lots of compartments for food and is completely leak proof. Want your food to stay hot? Check this Omie Bento box which has a thermos compartment to keep food hot or cold for hours. And bento box ideas to fill these lunch boxes via Kids activities blog.
Tackle Box Lunch Box
Try this Tackle box lunch box for a fun variety of lunch or snacks. Via Kids activities blog
Lunch Box Organization Ideas
Make an epic lunch packing station like this one to make mornings so much easier. via Design Improvised
Precidio Design Drink in the Box Eco-Friendly Reusable Drink and Juice Box Container
Save a ton of money on juice boxes by buying one Drink in The Box. It’s a reusable, plastic juice box container so you can make your own.
SPLF 12 Pack BPA FREE Reusable Storage Bags
Silicone Cupcake Muffin Baking Cups Liners
Use silicone cups to divide your snacks inside a big snack box.
More Back To School Ideas From Kids Activities Blog:
- We also have 5 gluten-free lunch ideas!
- Quick and healthy breakfast ideas that will make you love school mornings.
- Check these cool school snack ideas.
- Pack your lunch in style. Check these school lunch ideas for a balanced lunch.
- Make lunch special with these super cute school book sandwiches.
- Try these vegetarian lunch box ideas.
- This dinosaur bento lunch with free printable dino jokes is the best.
- Here are some simple ways to make lunch fun for kids.
What other hacks do you use while preparing your kid’s lunch? Share with us in the comments below.