Making a first day of school lunch your kids will remember all year long doesn’t have to be hard. These 3 simple lunch ideas are sure to earn you mom of the year.
The first day of school is exciting and emotional. kids are nervous and parents are a mix of melancholy and anxious.
Channel that energy into making it a bit more memorable with tiny touches your kids will remember until they’re adults. These first day of school lunches are not only fun for kids, but easy to throw together!
Easy Peasy First Day of School Lunches:
Today I’m sharing 3 different first day of school lunches that are not only super cute and sure to impress your little, but crazy easy and won’t take more than a few minutes to put together.
These lunches will add a bit of fun and whimsy (and make you look like super mom, tbh) for the first day without making you lose your mind.
Grade Number Sandwich Lunch
Cut out the number grade your kiddo will be starting that year onto a slice of cheese. You could also use another piece of bread in a different color. White bread on wheat bread or even more fun, rainbow bread.
You can either use a number cookie cutter or freehand it with a paring knife like I did. Add ‘st’ ‘nd’ ‘rd’ est in letter cookies.
Lay them out on your sandwich. If you worry about it moving around, ‘glue’ your cookies with nut butter or cream cheese.
Bury a few gummy worms into a snack like popcorn and cut up fruit using small cookie cutters to make a fun fruit salad to accompany this easy lunch for the first day of school.
School Bus Lunch Box
Cut the crusts off of your sandwich to create a square the size of a square slice of cheese. Top your sandwich with yellow cheese and cut a small square from the top right corner.
Remove the cheese and using a paring knife or small rectangle cutter to make windows before laying it back on your sandwich. Top with a yellow and red M&M and 2 cream cookie halves to make headlights and tires.
Add a clementine with a sweet message and letter cookies to complete!
First day of school lunch idea #3: Apple and Worm Lunch
Cut your sandwich using a large circle cookie cutter or a cup. Insert a small piece of celery to the top of your ‘apple’. Using a straw, cut a small hole into the top layer of bread and poke a gummy work into it.
Using a permanent marker, draw on a string cheese to make a little pencil. I kind of messed up without realizing it until just now – I added a second cheese but should have switched it with some kind of fruit or veg.
Anyway, make the little smiley cheese by using a small wax-covered cheese and carving in a little smile and adhering candy eyes with cream cheese.
Fun lunches for the first day, without the stress.
The best part about these little lunches is that they have the impact of a fun lunch without being too difficult to put together. I’m all about keeping things simple and fun, which is exactly what these little lunches are.
They’re a simple way to celebrate the first day of school and also let your kiddo know you’re thinking about them!