There are loads of ways kids can help pack school lunches and it doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming. Kids can help out a little or a lot depending on their age and what works best for your family. As our kids build more skills, they can do more. It’s a terrific investment in their lifelong good health too.
15 ways kids can help pack school lunches:
- Grate cheese or vegetables.
- Crack and beat eggs or peel hard-cooked eggs.
- Help make a big batch of muffins or pancakes.
- Make hummus, raita, fruit salsa, salad dressing or guacamole.
- Wash, chop and peel vegetables – soft ones at first, hard ones later.
- Add leftovers to containers.
- Mix items together to make a simple pasta, fruit or bean salad.
- Make egg, tuna or salmon salad.
- Make a yogurt parfait, muesli or smoothie.
- Make cold spring rolls, wraps, sandwiches, pitas.
- Use a pizza cutter to cut quesadillas into wedges.
- Spread things – hummus, mashed avocado, salsa, egg salad, tzatziki.
- Take lunch items out of the fridge and pack their lunch bag.
- Fill up their water bottle (and maybe wash it too!).
- Check their lunch has food from all four food groups.
Dietitian’s tip: I believe cooking and eating together is one of the best ways to help our kids develop healthy eating habits. Food skills are not being taught in school but they should be. Until that happens, it’s mostly our plate as parents.
Do your kids help to pack school lunches? How do you involve them? What advice would you give?
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