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Lunchbox Surprises: 5 Ways to Delight Your Child


Lunchbox Surprises: 5 Ways to Delight Your Child

Your little one may be off at school for the day, but you can still remind her you love her by including a surprise in her lunchbox! Here are five ways Circle of Moms members send a little love along with their children's lunches.

Cut Food into Fun Shapes

You've probably seen elaborate cut-out creations, but don't worry, this idea is really as simple as brushing off your cookie cutters and keeping them handy for the lunch-making process. Ashley B. suggests cutting fruits into shapes like “flowers, hearts and stars” while Erin J. sends specially shaped desserts: “For the first day of school I made heart-shaped brownies.

Ready to get experiement with cut-outs? Sandwiches are a good place to start, Jennifer D. suggests: “Get some large cookie cutters, and once the sandwiches are made press the cookie cutter on top to make heart, star, or bear-shaped sandwiches.”

Pen Special Notes 

As mom and teacher Cindy D. shares, the 30 seconds it takes to jot down a little note to your kid is sure to bring a grin at lunchtime: “Mom sending a note brings a smile on their faces every time!” Numerous moms, including Holly, write their special notes on napkins: “I always write a note on one telling her I love her and I hope she has a good day."

Decorate the Lunch Bag

Other moms draw doodles or use stickers  to make their child's lunch a little more special. For example, as Julie R. shares, "I sometimes put a special note in the bag or draw a picture encompassing their name."

Send a Picture

Instead of drawing pictures, some moms tuck an actual photo into their kid's lunch bag. Rhoda C. explains: "Tape an open envelope to the top inside of your child's lunchbox and put a photo in it. Write a note on the back of the photo. Family pictures are nice, or send a picture of your child doing something silly so he can show it to his friends."

Make Silly Food Faces

In addition to cutting food into shapes, Virginia S. arranges lunch food into funny structures. For example, “fresh fruits...that are glued together with a tiny amount of peanut butter to look like a face, or a crazy shape.” Meanwhile Rhonda C. suggests actually drawing on food! "Draw a face on a banana with an indelible marker, the stem is the hair."

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10 Easy, Healthy Lunchbox Ideas

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3 Packable Lunch Ideas for Toddlers

Do you do something sweet, special or creative for your child's lunch?

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