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Making Lunch Special

Last Thursday, I promised you a tutorial for making your own rainbow chart.

Not happening this week.

My crafty assistant has said No colors every time I broach the subject. It will have to wait, or I will have to do it all by myself.

We, however, are packing lunches whether we have a rainbow chart or not.

Earlier in August, I helped you plan ahead for packing lunches. We planned, too, but we weren't mentally prepared for actually doing it.

Fortunately, Grace loves school, and she loves lunch. Joe has packed her favorite finger foods (sliced pickles, cut up watermelon, crackers, and a few other things) in tiny containers that she can open and close by herself. She's in heaven.

My tip this week is to make lunch special.

How can you make lunch special if you're not there?

Give your child something that she loves. Put a piece of you in the lunch bag.

No, I don't mean a lock of your hair. That's weird.

Try these:

  • Make a valentine for your child and tuck it into her lunch box.
  • Cut a comic that your child will enjoy out of the newspaper and tuck it into the lunch box.
  • Put a sticker or two in with the lunch.
  • Write a note or draw a picture for your child and fold it up with the napkin in the lunch.
  • Have you seen these lunch bags? A dad makes them during his own lunch hour, and it started out as a project to decorate his kids' lunches. You don't have to be this good; your kids will enjoy your art anyway.
  • Get a puzzle book that is appropriate for your kids, and add a puzzle in with the lunch once in a while.
  • I wouldn't do this often, but a Hershey kiss with a note about a kiss from mom would make a big impact.
  • A knock-knock joke, written out by mom or dad, would give your child a chuckle at lunch time.
  • For a less noticeable gesture, write a small note on her napkin like See you soon! Love, Mom or Hope your day is going well! Love, Mom
  • There are products out there to buy that have this same goal. Most of the time, they are pre-printed cards that you can tuck into the lunch bag or box. I'm the DIY sort, but if you aren't, you can still make lunch special.

Notes from a person who works with children for a living –

  • You know your kids best. If little gestures like this will embarrass them, tread lightly. The idea is to make lunch special, not to invite teasing from peers. If that's a problem, keep your gesture small and inconspicuous.
  • Don't give your kids something that's going to get them in trouble after lunch. A well-meaning trinket like a whistle or a bouncy ball will be a nuisance when lunch and recess are over, and learning gets back under way.
  • Don't give your kids anything valuable. It is school, after all, and crazy things happen.

Grace's Kitchen Friends

Please join in Grace's Kitchen Friends! To play along, all you have to do is fill out MckLinky below.  You can link up any post that talks about kids and food:Grace's Kitchen Friends

  • feeding kids
  • cooking with kids
  • kids' nutrition
  • play with food or play kitchens
  • crafts with or about food
  • There are a lot of other kids and food things I haven't listed (like growing food with kids or fun recipes that kids love!), so please don't feel limited.

I'm easy like that, Dear Reader. The only thing I ask is that you link back here to Grace's Kitchen Friends in your post. I can't wait to see what your kids are doing!

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7 thoughts on “Making Lunch Special”

  1. I have been gathering so many great ideas for school lunches. I’ll have to save these ideas for when Ladybug goes to kindergarten!

    I am not seeing a McLinky so I’ll add my link here. I’m talking about breakfast today – my favorite meal (and hopefully my toddler’s favorite too!).

    http://notadiylife.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-toddlers-nutrition-breakfast.html
    .-= Heather @ Not a DIY Life´s last blog ..My Toddler’s Nutrition – Breakfast =-.

  2. I have been gathering so many great ideas for school lunches. I’ll have to save these ideas for when Ladybug goes to kindergarten!

    I am not seeing a McLinky so I’ll add my link here. I’m talking about breakfast today – my favorite meal (and hopefully my toddler’s favorite too!).

    http://notadiylife.blogspot.com/2009/08/my-toddlers-nutrition-breakfast.html
    .-= Heather @ Not a DIY Life´s last blog ..My Toddler’s Nutrition – Breakfast =-.

  3. Great ideas! My Mom use to write little notes like, “Have a good day! Love, Mom” on a napkin and stick it in my lunch when she packed it. That was way back in elementary school and I still remember it and smile!

  4. Great ideas! My Mom use to write little notes like, “Have a good day! Love, Mom” on a napkin and stick it in my lunch when she packed it. That was way back in elementary school and I still remember it and smile!

  5. The little touches in the lunches make it fun for both the recipient and the lunch packer. They also make great memories. Thanks for sharing these with us.

  6. The little touches in the lunches make it fun for both the recipient and the lunch packer. They also make great memories. Thanks for sharing these with us.

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