With each series, we create a theme and strive to create fun and inexpensive lunches to give your child a little whimsy in their school day.
To recreate this fun school themed lunch use a basic set of Alpha Cookie Cutters – that come in letters and numbers. You can create random letters, spell your child’s name, include their grade or a fun phrase like – Wow, Love, Kiss! I find it is easier to make the sandwich first and then cut, or you can precut two of each letter from bread, ham, cheese, and stack. You can of course use peanut butter and jelly as well. For the cheese pencil, use a black sharpie to draw the outline of the pencil. Use a red sharpie to make a general eraser shape; you probably already have these in a kitchen drawer.
Our cute little “chalk board “is simply made from chocolate graham crackers with icing piped on to form letters and numbers. Don’t run out and buy a piping bag, I just used some frosting from a partial can leftover from cupcakes. I put a spoonful in a Ziploc, cut the smallest tip off the corner and gently squeezed from behind the frosting. Alternatively, you can buy a little Wilton Icing Tube for writing at the grocery store in the baking section, near the candles and cake mixes.
For another healthy addition to your child’s lunch (and perhaps as well for afternoon snack), create a fun Tropical Salad.
Back To School Tropical Salad:
- ½ a golden mango diced
- ½ a kiwi diced
- ½ banana diced or sliced
- 2 tsp. shredded coconut
- 1 tsp. brown sugar
Mix Together. Add a 2 tsp. of lemon juice to keep from browning.
To bring a little pizzazz to your child’s lunches with minimal effort begin by designating a drawer or basket in your kitchen. Gather simple items such as a paring knife, some basic cookie cutters, and an apple corer/slicer. Pick up fun items as you go to add to the collection. As you go about your day and life, you will notice little things that can be used for fun accessories or tools when making your child’s meal!
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