Simple, easy and fun: lunches ideas your children will love!


If you’ve been struggling to get a lunch together, or have run out of ideas on what to make for your children, we’ve got some solutions for you! There are many different tips and tricks that will help you and your children have ready-to-go lunches they can grab before leaving in the morning. However, lunches aren’t easy unless you take the time to plan, prepare and organize lunches ahead of time. It’s as simple as pre-cutting vegetables or throwing items in the freezer. Take a look at the suggestions below to help you plan an easy-to-make lunch that your children will be excited to eat:


Freeze ahead of time

Never underestimate the power of your freezer. So many food items and beverages can be made up to a month ahead of time, and pulled out whenever you need it. To save even more time, make sure you freeze items in individual-sized portions, so you don’t have to worry about defrosting items in advance.

For example, juice boxes should be stored in your freezer, not your drawer or cupboard. This way, the juice will stay cold until lunch time, and it will double as an ice pack to keep the rest of the lunch from spoiling or getting warm. Dishes like pasta, rice, and even peanut butter and jam sandwiches can be made up weeks in advance and stored in single portions. Keep these in plastic bags or containers, and pull them out the night before to make sure they’re not frozen for lunch the next day.


Set up a lunch station

Instead of making all of the lunches on your own, get your children involved in the process by setting up a lunch station. At the start of each week, cut up a variety of vegetables, fruits, cheese, and meat. Place these items into reusable containers or bags in individual sized portions, and have your children pick out what they want for lunch the next day. You can even purchase individual dipping sauces like hummus or guacamole, or make your own.

To make sure your children get the food they need, make up a list or chart of what they are supposed to have in their lunch. For example, identify that they need two different fruits, one vegetable option, a starch and protein option, a beverage, and a snack or dessert. This way, you can ensure your children make a balanced lunch.


Use the right tools

Another way that you can make lunch easy and organized is to use pre-set containers to store food. This will make space for fruit, vegetables, sandwiches and snacks, and ensure that your children get all of the different food groups for a healthy lunch. They also make lunches look fun and visually interesting.

For hot food, use a thermos instead of plastic containers. This will save your children time at school by not having to wait in line to use a microwave. Reusable lunch bags also work well, as they are always ready to go. Utensils and non-perishable snacks can be put into the reusable lunch bag the night before so only the items in the fridge have to be put into the bag the morning of.


Timing is everything

Don’t leave making lunches to the last minute. Even those these suggestions will make lunch easy, it will still make the process less stressful if you make lunches the night before. Make this a part of your evening routine by putting lunches together either right after your children come home for school, or right after dinner.

You will also need to make sure that snacks, vegetables, fruit and other food items are cut and ready to go. Set aside time each week, like on Sunday night, and prepare all the items your children will need to make lunch. Food like hard-boiled eggs can also be made ahead of time and used throughout the week on their own, in a sandwich, or in a salad. 

Christmas is coming! Time to think about the influx of new toys.

I know, I know, it’s only October. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t be proactive and start preparing your home for “most wonderful time of the year.” Besides for early gift shopping, which I highly recommend (try and stay on the lookout throughout the year so you can get better deals and get exactly what you’re looking for) a task that you can do to get ready for the holiday season is to de-clutter and purge your children’s toys!

For many families, especially those with a few children, Christmas means a truckload of new toys and games from friends, family, and the big man in red himself. To prepare for this overload, find time to gather the toys and games you already have throughout your home, and pick out the ones that your children don’t use anymore, are not working properly, or your children have outgrown.

Now, this might be something that you want to undertake by yourself, or with your kids’ input. Either way, once all the toys have been sorted, you can donate the remaining gently used toys that are in good shape and work properly to a local children’s charity that will accept used toys (Try checking out Boys and Girls Club, Drop-In Centre, Inn From the Cold, Salvation Army, YWCA and YMCA. Great Idea to call first to see what they are accepting. 

With the remaining toys, set up a storage solution that has room not only for the toys that you currently have, and for the anticipated stash you anticipate receiving in a couple months’ time. Every family will have a different solution that works for them, but remember that it must work with your family’s routine, and be easily accessible for children to take out and put away.

Now is the time for Pre-Christmas purge of old toys and games that can be donated for another child’s enjoyment.