School lunches…I know I’m not ready either, but the time has come to start making lunches again.
Last year, I was all about the bento box. It worked out great, but this year, I’m going to try the thermos approach. Madison could eat sandwiches everyday, but Jack does not care for them at all. Since he’ll be in Kindergarten this year, I knew I would have to get creative when it came to school lunches. And, when we found a Toy Story 4 thermos, Jack was completely sold on the thermos idea!
If you haven’t seen Toy Story 4 yet, you should definitely try to fit it in before heading back to school! It’s so cute!
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When I first purchased the thermoses, I honestly wasn’t sure what I was going to put in them. I know everyone puts chicken nuggets, but again, Jack doesn’t care for them. So, this past trip to the grocery store, the kids and I took a few extra minutes to look around and get ideas. Here’s what we came up with…
- Pizza bagels (they fit perfectly stacked on top of each other.)
- Mac ‘n Cheese (I can’t stand the stuff, but my kids love it.)
- Mini Hot Dogs (without the buns)
- Yogurt and Fruit
- Penne Pasta
- Soup (for cold days)
- Dinner Leftovers (not sure if the kids will go for it, but I’m going to try.)
In addition to the thermos meal, I’ll also include a fruit, veggies and some type of cracker in their lunch boxes. Keeping with our Toy Story theme, we found Toy Story Goldfish crackers and Ziplock sandwich bags.
And since I love Toy Story just as much as the kids, I made coordinating Toy Story inspired lunch box notes! The FREE printable can be found below.
I like to use lunch box notes not only as something fun, but also as something practical. On the back of the notes, I write reminders (e.g. “Soccer after school, drink lots of water.” or “Pa is picking you up today”, etc.)
To download your own Toy Story inspired lunch box notes, just enter your name and e-mail below. You can also find a link to last year’s lunch box notes and how I organize our lunch box station at home here.
If you have any additional ideas for thermos lunches, please leave them in the comments below! I would love the help!
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