Posts Tagged ‘K-5’

Bread is my canvas!

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Bread is my canvas, my medium, my muse… yes, I said bread!  While I try to fill my lunch boxes with vibrant natural colors and variety, the sandwich is often my piece de resistance. Some people like to scrapbook (OK I like that too) but since I rarely have a large slot of time to dive into paper projects, I settle for an extra 5-10 minutes a day on arranging my lunch boxes. I can use cookie cutters and bread stamps on my sandwiches in the same way you would shape paper for a themed scrapbook page. It really is a great creative outlet!

Lately I have found that I tend to create little scenes on my sandwiches as if the bread really were a canvas. How intricate I make it depends on how much time I have. The sandwich above was first cut with a crinkle biscuit cutter. I then stamped the image of 2 bunnies on one slice before I assembled my sandwich. If I had time I might have added a small heart cut from cheese or fruit leather between the 2 bunnies or perhaps a flower (for the spring theme). The bunny that I used is a stamp that is actually made to cut mini bunny shaped sandwiches but I like to use the stamps and cutters in different ways. Cookie cutters will stamp an image on bread if  you simply don’t press down as hard!

Many people would say a canvas also cries out for color. You could add sprinkles inside of a cutout (called fairy sandwiches) or use food markers to create a picture. I however made a decision some time ago to minimize the amount of artificial additives I feed my family so I typically do not add color in that way. Instead, I push myself to be creative with color in other ways! I mentioned cheese and fruit leather already but sometimes I use the darker heel of the bread, a couple of mini chocolate chips or pieces of carrot. Cream cheese, honey, mayo or peanut butter can all be used to adhere small pieces to your sandwich scene if necessary.

I think you should try to create a sandwich scene of your own but I know some may say it is too complex, not realistic or too time consuming. If you think so then simply take it back to basics and just cut the crust off! The natural colors and variety of this lunch box still make it fun!

Besides the creative sandwich this lunch is packed in a Lunchbots Trio container and also includes:

  • Trader Joe’s Organic PB Cracker sandwiches
  • Kiwi and mini grapes
  • broccoli florettes


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Lunch 4 “the ages” {K-5}

Thursday, February 28th, 2013


Lunch 4 “the ages” {K-5}

Welcome! This is the 2nd post of a 3 post series featuring tips about packing lunches for children. Last week I focused on packing lunch for preschoolers (Pre-K). This week I focus on lunches for children in  Kindergarten through 5th grade and next week I’ll cover grade 6 and beyond. If you are a blogger and have a URL featuring tips or photos of lunches for this age group please feel free to link up at the bottom of this post (while it is available).

Only one of my 4 children fit into this age bracket. My son Brendan. Brendan is in 5th grade so he just barely fits in this category. He has just reached the age where he is becoming embarrassed by cutesy gestures. I have had so much fun packing some creative lunches for Brendan and luckily the fun doesn’t have to end, it just has to be more reserved. Let’s however leave this topic for next week! And instead focus on where we have been!


Here are my lunch tips and thoughts about packing lunches for Kindergarten through 5th grade:

  1. Get those kids involved – Kiddos in this age bracket have some definite opinions on what they like and what they don’t like. They are also definitely willing to share those opinions with you. Seek this input from your children. Have your child participate in packing lunch if they are willing and let them make some selections for their own lunches. Consider letting them choose a recipe from a cookbook or online to make. Talk with them about healthy eating and about packing lunches with less waste. Need menu inspiration? Check out Momables, an inexpensive subscription lunch menu service. Also go check out these kids in action packing their own lunch: Bento Kids!
  2. Go crazy – You don’t have to but you can if you want to! Lunchbox accessories are no longer off limits. You can use food picks, cupcake rings and whatever other creative lunchbox décor you can dream up. Choking is no longer as high of a risk as it is for the little ones! Food no longer needs to be cut into bite sized pieces as it does for toddlers. Explore these freedoms! Draw inspiration from what your children love. It doesn’t have to be a bento master piece. One small detail is all it takes!
  3. Pack it cold – In this age bracket children rarely have access to means to heat up lunch. They also usually don’t have access to a fridge to keep their lunch cold. Pack lunches meant to be eaten cold. Pack lunches to stay cold or pack lunches that need little to no refrigeration! Most standard lunchboxes do not keep food at food safe temperatures for longer than 2 hours. Use 2 ice packs instead of 1 to prevent spoiling. Also consider freezing drinks or yogurts so they will stay fresh, these will defrost by lunch time. If your child prefers a hot lunch consider investing in a good thermal container.
  4. Keep it together – There is a wide range of maturity in this age bracket but many kids will not remember or will not be able to hold their lunchbox flat. Sauces, dips or dressings should be placed in leak proof lidded containers. Food should be packed tightly to stay in place. Consider using compartmentalized containers like Lunchbots or Easylunchboxes. Use silicon baking cups or bento baran to act as food dividers.

Still have more questions? Like to know more about lunches featured in this post? Feel free to contact me via email (email on left sidebar) or by commenting on this post and I will attempt to help you work through them! Remember to check out the blogs linking up below for more lunches packed for elementary school aged children! Refer back to last week’s post for Preschoolers for additional lunch packing tips.


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