Lunch Box Ideas for a Kindergartner

I feel really silly asking this question but... our 5 year old starts Kinder in about 3 weeks and I'm absolutely clueless about what to pack for her lunch. The only thing I can come up with was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit, baby carrots, and juice... then I draw a blank. She has

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    I feel really silly asking this question but... our 5 year old starts
    Kinder in about 3 weeks and I'm absolutely clueless about what to pack
    for her lunch. The only thing I can come up with was peanut butter and
    jelly sandwiches, fruit, baby carrots, and juice... then I draw a blank.

    She has a regular size lunchbox with a sippy cup thingy. Of course I
    want the healthiest lunch possible and wanna avoid chips, cookies, etc.
    Any suggestions?

    Thanks all

    Oh yea, and before I forget, I'd like to include notes and stuff and was
    wondering if anyone else does that. I figure it'd be a nice surprise
    for her.
    Lorena

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    Vary up her sandwiches for starters. You can use all sorts of stuff
    for the bread- english muffins, bagels, tortilla's, bread, etc.

    One thing my kids enjoy from time to time is cereal. What I do is
    send a rubbermaid bowl with dry cereal and a lid, then instead of
    sending a juice box, I fill a rubbermaid drink container with enough
    milk to drink and to mix with the cereal.

    I don't like to buy snack sized foods for anything- cookies, chips,
    crackers, etc. Instead, I use baggies for some stuff, and I invested
    in lots of little single serving size rubbermaid containers. If I'm
    making up pudding, I make sure I fill some of those. If I make up
    jello- same thing. I also do this with applesauces, fruit from a
    larger can, yogurt, etc.

    Another thing my kids like- when I send applesauce, I also send a
    small stack of cinnamon graham crackers. They dip them in there, and
    use it like an edible spoon.

    If you have a nice insulated thermos, another thing you can do on
    the cold days are soup, ravioli's, spaghetti-o's, etc. I used to
    LOVE beef stew when I was a kid. I never took it in MY lunch- my dad
    took it in HIS. He'd heat it up in the morning before work, and give
    me some for breakfast.

    Juice boxes are about the only "single serving" items I will splurge
    on, but Wal-mart has 100% apple juice containers for $1.44, and most
    lunch boxes these days don't come with a thermos (which bugs me to
    no end!!), and the ones they have cheap always seem to leak and make
    a mess or get lost and forgotten at school. So, I just splurge and
    get the 10 packs of juice boxes. 1 pack lasts me a week, with 2 kids
    going all day and eating lunch at school. I put them in the freezer,
    then we make the lunches up the night before, and I stick a frozen
    one in, then into the fridge. It's usually still partially frozen
    come morning, so it helps keep the food cool.
    ~Gilly

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    Congratulations!!! I can't wait for mine to get to that age. I was always
    packed and will be doing it for them isL peanut butter and butter sandwich
    or even turkey if they like, pudding, jello cups, any kind of juice is fine,
    saltine crackers with either peanut butter, cheese wix or just butter, apple
    slices, you can even add little cups of caramel for dipping. I have seen the
    school menus and they are terrible. I would not want to have to eat it and I
    am sure that if you just walk thru the store, you will get plenty of ideas.
    Also, I am sure anything you put in there, she will figure a way out of
    eating if she wants to bad enough. Good luck, brandy h

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    My daughter (age 9) started taking her lunch last year because a lot
    of the food they served at school wasn't healthy and upset her GERD.
    So we had to find different types of lunches that she could eat and
    that were healthy. Here is a few items we used:
    Vairety of Sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, cheese
    Torilla rolled up with ham, creamcheese, and cheese inside.
    Pickles
    peaches, fruit cocktail, pineapples, applesauce in a small container
    pudding and jello in a small container
    Saltine crackers with peanut butter
    Vanilla wafers with peanut butter
    Graham crackers with peanut butter
    popcorn
    Water bottle, milk from school, sugar-free koolaide or juice

    We live in a poor rural area, where the school lunches are FREE for
    everyone. Only problem is they are not healthy and my daughter
    doesn't like them and/or they make her sick. My son on the other
    hand likes the school food and will eat ANYTHING they serve but
    turkey or ham.
    I have found that when my kids help prepare their lunches/snacks
    then they eat them better. I let them know what is available and
    then they pick what they want to eat. I have also found that water
    bottles are a great way to pack a beverage for school. They don't
    leak and if they get thrown away or lost, that's okay. We recycle
    our water bottles and so we always have extra laying around.



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    RE: Budget101.com : Lunch Box Ideas for Kindergardener


    First off, do you just have 1 child or more?
    I am asking because it is just as cheap to buy lunches as it is to make
    them if you have only 1 child. But if more then 1, then making them is
    the way to go.
    Get rid of the sippy cup and just use a regular thermos. The other
    kids won't have one.
    Kids love PB&J, but some schools have outlawed it - due to allergic
    reactions of other kids. Find out.
    "EXT-Armstrong, Charlotte A"

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    Re: Budget101.com : Lunch Box Ideas for Kindergardener


    Full price for lunches can range anywhere from $1 to $2 at most
    schools these days. When you buy all the stuff, it's cheap to do
    several lunches with all the same stuff.

    For instance, a loaf of bread will make what, 10 sandwiches? More if
    she uses half a slice of bread (my kids never ate a full sandwich, I
    gave up making them, and doubled how long my bread lasted). So
    that's about $1 for 2 weeks worth of lunches there.

    Juice boxes are $1.50 for 10, OR you can buy a jug of juice for
    about $2.50 and fill a thermos. Going with the juice boxes, though,
    it's enough for 2 weeks again.

    A jar of applesauce is $1, and will easily last 2 weeks.

    A bag of baby carrots is $2, and will last 1 week.

    A bag of apples is $2.50 and will last 2 weeks, easily.

    A jar of peanut butter is $1.50, and Jelly is $.99, both easily
    lasting up to 4 weeks.

    So, that brings the total cost of supplies to $10.50 for 2 weeks
    (or, cut the pb & j costs in half since it'll last longer than 2
    weeks, and it's $9.25 for 2 weeks). That's roughly $.92 per lunch.
    Cheaper if you get items on sale. Bread, for instance, is $.59 at
    most bread outlets. PB can go on sale for $1. Apples could be
    substituted for banana's at $.49/# (sometimes even as low as
    $.29/#), and the lunches go even lower.

    Personally, for me it is cheaper to buy a lunch, but that's only
    because we qualify for reduced lunches, which are only $.40 each,
    but at full price at our school, that's $1.30 per lunch. If we ever
    get to "full price status" (we're still a bit off), then we'll be
    packing every single day. As of now, we let them pick several days
    off each lunch menu month to get hot lunch. There's also the few
    times when they forget to grab thier lunches from the fridge, too.

    Anyway, if done frugally, it can be much cheaper to pack a lunch,
    than to buy one.

    ~Gilly

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    I always make my kids and my husband lunches. My husband loves leftovers for
    lunch at work the next day. Says the cafeteria food at his work does not have
    good tasting food.
    To buy school lunches here (Quebec, Canada) it's $4.99 per "catered" lunch. No
    school kitchens in Elementary schools up here. I worked out that for every
    school day one my boys goes to school over the price of the school year and I'd
    be spending over $700 for lunches alone for one child! That's waaay too
    expensive. I make all their lunches and I usually make all the snacks too.
    (baked goods)
    I do buy fruits and applesauce and yogurt. I still figure my lunches are a lot
    cheaper and healthier than the "catered" ones.
    To keep juice, dairy items, etc. cool I buy lunch pack sized cold packs from
    the dollar store and re-use them. Since I have an autistic son the "homemade"
    cold packs are out of the question as the security of them around him is
    negligible.



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    Re: Budget101.com : Lunch Box Ideas for Kindergardener


    >I feel really silly asking this question but... our 5 year old starts
    > Kinder in about 3 weeks and I'm absolutely clueless about what to pack
    > for her lunch.

    Something that my daughter loved when she was little was a peanut butter
    apple. I washed and cut the middle core out of an apple, leaving the rest
    whole. Then filled the hole in the middle with peanut butter, sometimes
    added some raisins too. Also I would fix a "banana dog", spread peanut
    butter over a hot dog bun and put a banana in the middle.
    Barbara in the wilds of Wyoming

    "Watkins"

 

 
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