Being a bit of a nerd, I’ve done lots of ‘research’ on Pinterest and my favourite blogs for lunch box ideas, school bag/info organisation ideas and morning routines.
But at the end of the day, keeping it simple seems to be the easiest and most logical approach.
Talking to my mums group BFF the other day, we both agreed that our daughters’ willingness to eat a Vegemite sandwich every day wasn’t a bad thing. Add some fruit, maybe a yogurt pouch and a home baked treat and you’re striking lunchbox gold.
Olive got a pretty pink Tupperware lunchbox for Xmas but struggled to open it by herself at first. We popped in a Ferrero Rocher chocolate inside as motivation and within 10 seconds she had popped the lock and was happily munching on Italian chocolatey goodness. (We went to great pains to explain to her that there wouldn’t always be a chocolate treat inside when she went to school.)
The other week we ‘practiced’ eating a school lunch by taking it along to her dancing summer school. She easily opened it up and ate everything pictured above with joyful abandon!
“That’s the yummiest lunch I ever had Mummy!” Awwwhhh shucks Olive.
In order to mix things up, I know that carrot sticks and hummus will always be a welcomed addition to her lunch box.
I know that a few mini pikelets dolloped with some homemade strawberry jam would make her day.
I know that getting her involved in baking up some mini banana muffins helped to build up her excitement levels of what she’ll find in her lunchbox.
And I know that one day when she gets more adventurous in her tastes, I’ll be able to liven the ‘Box’ up with some olives (no pun intended), cherry tomatoes or maybe even a ham and salad sandwich!
What’s your school lunchbox success story?