Lunch Box Ideas for Kids

My oldest is in first grade!

I can't decide if I am more proud of him for being in first grade or because he picked out the coolest lunch box ever. #avengers #proudmom
(We go to year round school over here.) He started a  couple weeks ago and so did my lunch making skills. My mom made my lunch every day from first grade to twelfth and I was kind of giddy about continuing that tradition.

As it turns out, you can get REALLY creative with these little lunch boxes!

Lunch Box Ideas for Kids

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I want to point out that I made all these lunches without any special equipment or containers.

We don’t have fancy lunch boxes but we do have a lot of plastic reusable containers that usually have left overs in them (including the sandwich shaped one that you can get anywhere for about $1), silicone cupcake liners (holding fruit and veggies should be their only purpose, they are terrible for actual cupcakes), a melon baller and a handful of cookie cutters.

The Internet is replete with lunches for kids that look like they require special equipment. Not here, friends. And please know that every lunch that leaves R House does NOT look like this.

Lunch Box Ideas for Kids

Reach For the Stars Lunch

  • The note and character is taped onto the top of the lunch box.
  • The sandwich container has 4 silicone cupcake liners in it with balled watermelon, roma tomatoes, cheddar cheese stars and apple stars. Those were cut with a cookie cutter. YOU GUYS! That is a ton of fun. I may even start eating my own food that way.
  • Sandwich cut with a cookie cutter as well.
  • Laffy Taffy – I love that these have first grader style jokes on the inside that he reads to his friends around that table. Perfect for little readers!


Three Things I Love About You Lunch

  • Note written on the banana peel itself. You spin it around to read the 3 things.
  • After you cut out the stem of strawberries, they make a natural heart shape. Perfect for this love note themed lunch box.
  • Wooden skewer with alternating mozzarella cheese and watermelon. (The cheese is just a string cheese stick cut up.)
  • Sandwich cut like a 3 on top of blue berries.


Monster Lunch

  • Throwing in something like a silly straw always makes lunch more fun.
  • Small container with pretzel sticks, mozzarella cheese chunks, grapes and cheddar cheese stars.
  • Monster Sammie: Crazy hair and arms made with carrot slices, eyes are half a grape and a blueberry, mouth is a red bell pepper.


I tell you what, I had WAY too much fun with these. Smith’s Food and Drug wants you to have fun creating school lunches for your littles that are totally trade worthy …although if Tyson dared trade one of these fancy lunches he would be in serious trouble. ;)

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Disclaimer: I was compensated for this post, but the opinions expressed are all my own.



  1. says

    Oh I just love note in the lunch box, I used to to that to hubby all the time…LOL My one son would just eat it up but the other woooowww he would try to hide it from his friends, you know he is (thinks) the “cool” one…..LOL Love this post and thanks for sharing. :-)

  2. says

    I think one of the only reasons I will ever look forward to sending my little guy to school (I think I will miss him too much!) is because I can make lunches for him with fun notes. I always loved how my mom always made my lunch, and I think all kids do :)

  3. says

    This is such a great idea! Also, I read your Disneyland post and that was so awesome! I want you to know, as unimportant as it may seem that you have my support and respect. Thanks for creating such a fun blog.

  4. says

    Thank you again Lindsey! I am both thrilled and honored to have won the gift card. I love your blog, your courage, and your cute family!