I was on a mission this year when Oliver started school to have him actually eat his lunches. Last year (jr kindergarten), more often than not his lunch came home mostly untouched. This year I wanted to change that, so I started asking Oliver what theme he wanted for lunch. I’d try to get it out of him the night before, then figure out in my head how to make it all tie in together (and a lot of the time it required a trip to Google). It was worth it though, because suddenly, the same lunches I made last year, just presented in a new way, were coming home eaten.
When I was offered the chance to highlight some of these in a post using Rubbermaid lunch BLOX I jumped at the chance. I’ve used these containers for the last year and a half with Oliver’s school lunches, and I LOVE them. I’ve been recommending them to any Moms that asked me what style I liked the best, so it just makes sense that I’d support them on my blog. I love the way that everything stacks together, including the ice packs. They’re also easy for Oliver to open and close, which was a big deal when he first started school. One more bonus – it means his lunch is litter free, so he needs less time to clean up, giving him more time to eat (something that kids seem to struggle with in kindergarten).
Here’s a look at this morning’s lunch in the lunch BLOX.
Today Oliver helped me come up with everything for his requested “Ninja Surfers”. So, we’ve got some mini ninjas (mini gingerbread man cutter), some cheese strings cut down into nun-chucks, and some crackers to use as surfboards. Plus the required fruit and sweet treat.
Here are all those pieces stacked together with the ice packs. Those labels have been on there for a year and a half now, and these get run through the dishwasher five days a week. I promise you, these containers hold up incredibly well!
And all packed into his lunch bag.
I keep everything stacked up in our glasses cupboard. They fit inside each other too, and the lids can stack, so they actually require a lot less storage than I’m showing here. I’ve just got enough extra space that I can have them like this, and grab and go in the morning.
Now, how about some pictures of the fun lunches I’ve made and put into the lunch BLOX! Some of these are more ridiculous than others, mainly dependent on how much sleep I got the night before, and just how into the theme Oliver seemed to be. You can follow me @kitchen_trials on Instagram to see any new ones. If you’ve got any questions about something in the lunch, just leave it in the comments for me and I’ll get back to you 🙂
Today’s triceratops theme lunch: triceratops letters scrambled up (name is on the post it, his job is to eat them in order, post it in lowercase, meat in uppercase), leaf cucumbers because they were herbivores, cheese string horns, and triceratops cookies. And an apple.
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My boy tried to trip me up today. Last night he asked for a monarch butterfly theme, so: cocoons on a stick (hot dogs in rolls), with monarch caterpillars going in (white pipecleaners I striped with markers). A monarch butterfly made from rice crispy squares that I painted with food colouring, and green grapes because they eat green leaves! It’s going to take more than a butterfly to stump me! Plus, now he can explain metamorphosis! #lunch #schoollunch #lunchbox A photo posted by @kitchen_trials on
Coming soon: lunches x 2 with Anna starting school in September!
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