21 Creative Lunchbox Ideas Your Kids Will Love
We help you think outside the (lunch)box.
When it comes to kids, sometimes the look of their food matters just as much as the taste. A plain ham-and-cheese sandwich? No, thanks. A ham-and-cheese sandwich shaped like a school bus? Yum! If you’re a parent just trying to pack a lunch your kid will actually eat (or if you’re just a super-cool, extra-nice parent), it might be time to call on your creativity. We’ve rounded up fun ideas your kids will love. Take a look, and see what you think.
School Bus Superhero
Make a sandwich into a school bus, complete with a smile. Use your scraps to make a stoplight and a mini cheese wheel to act as a stop sign.
A diamond-shaped sandwich and fresh veggies make an adorable kite in this little’s lunch.
Add this healthy bumblebee to your kite lunch for a whirlwind of excitement.
Make This: Veggie Bumblebee
Got a football fanatic on your hands? Try out this ball-themed lunch for your little one.
Make lunch a maritime excursion with a mermaid-embellished sandwich. Get creative with fruit, vegetables and cheese to craft your sea goddess and her underwater friends.
Keep things easy by simply cutting lunchbox basics into moon and sun shapes for a celestial theme.
Fun With Frogs
Olives, toothpicks and some clever cutting take this ham-and-cheese sandwich from boring to brilliant.
All you need to please a pup-loving kid are dog- and bone-shaped cookie cutters.
Very Berry Ladybug
Add an apple-blueberry ladybug to any lunch to sneak in a dose of fruit.
Make This: Apple-Blueberry Ladybug
Prepare for sandwich take-off! And don’t forget the grape aliens.
If your little one gets bored at lunchtime, create an activity inside his or her lunchbox. A simple game of Tic-Tac-Toe will leave both brain and tummy satisfied.
Octopus hot dogs and waves of cheese, FTW!
Mean Green Alligator
Throw a pepper alligator in your sea-themed lunchbox to add some veggie crunch.
Make This: Pepper Alligator
Every kid deserves a special birthday lunch. Celebrate him or her with this clever, candy-filled sandwich.
If your little one loves dessert, add an apple donut to their birthday box, too. Spread your apple rounds with nut butter before sprinkling with toppings.
Create a zoo-themed lunch by including this fruit-and-veggie giraffe. Throw in a kooky bird for kicks, and don’t forget to add a source of protein.
Make This: Edible Giraffe