If you’ve got a child starting school this year here are my top, tried and tested, tips for packing a lunchbox.
- Make sure your child can open and close the lunchbox and drinks bottles by themselves. This sounds like an obvious tip but you’d be surprised how important this is.
- Teach your child how to open things like juice boxes, yoghurt tubes, bananas, and plastic packaging. This is just as important for the teacher as for a small child who wants to be independent. Just think about it, if a teacher has a class of kids that can’t access their own food without help, they’ll end up spending the entire lunch break helping children to eat their food.
- Test out new foods and snacks at home at least 5 times before they go into the lunchbox. You need to make sure your child will eat them. It’s frustrating to get handed a lunchbox full of food at the end of the day.
- Food is fuel. Make sure you pack enough food to last your child through the day.
- If your child won’t eat a particular item, stop putting it into the lunchbox, there’s no point in wasting food. Give them a healthy food that they will eat. Hungry children won’t learn as well and they will end up cranky in school and afterwards.
- If your school has a nut ban, you can get around this by packing other protein-filled snacks such as dried chickpeas. Keep an eye out in Lidl for the Eridanous range from Lidl and stock up when it’s in store!