If your kiddo loves cars, send them to school with a fun car lunch box! These car themed lunch boxes are a fun and simple twist on a boring school lunch box. Just a few simple hacks and you’ll have a fun lunch any car lover would love. All of these car lunch boxes are healthier than your average lunch box, packed with fruits and veggies.
The sheer number of times I have seen the movie Cars in the past few months is honestly daunting. I rented the movie once in an effort to get Ryan to sit still and quiet for once so Owen could get in a good nap (we have a tiny house and 8/10 naps Owen takes are interrupted by Ry screaming at the top of his lungs from outside where Owen is napping..) and it was the first time I have ever seen Ryan sit still for longer than 20 minutes. He sat and watched the entire thing in silence and since that day he asks nearly daily to watch it. I ended up buying it on Google Play so I can stream it and I’m pretty sure I could recite the movie line by line.
It really shouldn’t have shocked me – a movie about race cars? For the little boy who came into this world already harboring a car obsession? The son of a mechanic? Yeah. It was kind of inevitable.
The reality of it is that Ryan is just obsessed with anything and everything car. He loves being in the car because he can point out cars as we pass them (YES it gets old really, really quickly) and he even classifies cars by who owns them – minivans are ‘mom cars’, Jeeps are ‘grandpa cars’ since my dad has one, pickup trucks are ‘daddy trucks’ – you get the picture. His other favorite show is Blaze and the Monster Machines, a kid’s show about talking monster trucks.
So obviously, when I started thinking about making fun lunches for Ryan to take to school this year, I thought of car themed lunch boxes.
Car Lunch Boxes
I’ve said before that one of the reasons I’m so excited for Ry to start school is because I can’t wait to make him fun lunches – and I’ll be starting with these fun car themed lunch boxes!
Race Car Lunch Box
Main: Make a sandwich of your choice on a small oval roll. Cut 4 circles out of a fruit or veggie of your choice (I used green bell pepper) and skewer on 2 wooden kabob sticks. (I used one that I cut in half – you might want to file the ends though). Lift the top of your sandwich and nestle your ‘axles’ on to your sandwich before returning your car’s ‘roof’.
- Cut 3 apples (red, green, yellow) into small strips to fit into container and order in ‘stop light’ order.
- Traffic Cone Carrot Snacks
Traffic Cone Carrot Snacks
A fun, healthy snack for a car lunch box and car loving kid would love.
- Square cheese cracker cheez-it
- Cream cheese or nut butter
Choose carrots that have a defined cone shape at the end - you can use baby carrots with the bases cut so long as they are smaller at one end.
Peel and cut the tip of the carrot to about 1 inch and then cut a small amount of the top to create the top half of a traffic cone looking shape.
Add a small dollop or cream cheese to the bottom of your carrot and press it into a Cheeze-It.
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Stop Light Car Lunch Box
Main: Cut a sandwich into a square and then cut in half to make 2 rectangles for your stop light themed sandwich. Using a small circle cookie cutter, cut rounds out of apples to create two red, yellow, and green circles. Place on top of the rectangles to create stop lights. (red, yellow, green)
- Cut a red, green, and yellow bell pepper into strips the length of the container you plan to store them. Add a layer of dip (I usually do ranch or hummus) to the bottom of your container before layering your peppers in ‘stoplight’ order.
- Add a snack your kiddos love – I used popcorn because it pops more and I knew I was going to be eating it, but be wary of popcorn and littles – it’s not recommended for kiddos under 4. Top with stoplight colored candies!
Okay, so tell me – what is your kid obsessed with? Were they obsessed with it since day one? Let me know in the comments!