Easy Lunch Ideas for Tots and Preschoolers

As homeschoolers, it’s not often that we need to pack a lunch. Sometimes we take a field trip that requires us to pack one, but most days we eat lunch at home.

However, I have found that make-ahead lunches are still a great idea for our homeschool! Preparing meals ahead of time can head off the ‘hangry’ experience. You know, hungry + angry (due to the hunger)= hangry. Been there? Me, too.

So, perhaps in the upcoming weeks, you could prepare a few of these easy lunch ideas ahead of time. Pull them out and lunch is served. A quick and easy way to curb the hunger quickly at lunch time.

It’s also helpful for getting you through the middle-of-the-day lunch break and back to the books or on to something more fun.

I’ve gathered recipes, fun ideas, and planning tools in this list, in hopes that they will help you get started with your own make-ahead lunches for your homeschool preschool.

Ditch the pb&j, and add some fun to your mealtime with these quick and easy lunch ideas your toddlers and preschoolers are going to love!

Easy Lunch Ideas

Recipes and Lunch Ideas

Creekside Learning has rounded up 25 Healthy and Easy Homeschool Lunch Ideas that will add variety to your lunchtime plans.

Any one of these 10 Fun and Creative Lunchbox Ideas from the Frugal Foodie Mama will delight even the pickiest of eaters.

Oh yeah! These Minion Sandwiches from Eats Amazing are simple to make and healthy to eat.

This Robin Bread {aka PB & J shaped like a bird} is the perfect addition to your springtime lunch plans!

The Fruit Octopus Snack from The Purposeful Mom would also make a great toddler lunch.

This collection of Food for Kids ideas from Learn with Play at Home is food art at it’s finest. But, the ideas are actually quick and easy.

Homemade Chicken Nuggets, like these from Off the Cutting Board, are a much healthier option than those purchased in the freezer section of your local grocery store.

Ditch the pb&j, and add some fun to your mealtime with these quick and easy lunch ideas your toddlers and preschoolers are going to love!

Lunch Planning Tools

Let Your Kids Pack Their Own Lunches {Free Printable}: I love this idea from Sports Mom Survival Guide. It’s perfect for allowing your kids some freedom and independence with making lunches.

Lunchbox Icepacks : If you do need to leave the house with a packed lunch, these ice packs are perfect for keeping your items cold.

More Lunch Planning Resources

5-Minute Lunchbox: The busy family’s guide to packing deliciously simple, kid-approved healthy lunches.5-Minute LunchboxBeating the Lunch Box Blues: Fresh Ideas for Lunches on the Go! (Rachael Ray Books)Beating the Lunch Box BluesEasyLunchboxes 3-Compartment Bento Lunch Box Containers, Set of 4, ClassicEasyLunchboxes ContainersFit & Fresh Cool Coolers Slim Lunch Ice Packs, Multicolored - Set of 4Slim Lunch Ice PacksRubbermaid 1866737 LunchBlox Kid's Flat Lunch Box Kit, Blue/Orange/GreenLunchBlox Kid’s Flat Lunch Box Kit

Do you have any easy lunch ideas or fun recipes to share? Please leave your idea in the comments. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got to offer!

More Preschool Resources

Whether you're gearing up for Christmas or an upcoming birthday or you're just looking for something new to add to the game closet, this list of educational board games for preschoolers is the perfect place to start! | homeschoolpreschool.netThese are the best tools for teaching the alphabet. There are resources for auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners. Arm yourself with a few of these tools, and your preschooler will be well on their way to learning to read. | homeschoolpreschool.netThese literacy-focused preschool board games encourage learning through play. | homeschoolpreschool.net

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