These simple tips make a sandwich more fun at lunch.
Even your child's favorite sandwich can get boring after she has it for a few days in a row. Break out the cookie cutters and cut your child's sandwich into fun shapes, such as animals or numbers, to help keep it a favorite.
Been There? Bun That
You can add some fun into your child's lunch by changing something as simple as the bread. The next time you make a sandwich, try substituting a bagel, hot dog bun or hamburger bun, an English muffin, or even a croissant instead of bread.
Try new ways of presenting your child's favorite sandwich. Layer flour tortillas with your child's favorite ingredients and stack them up high, or cut a traditional sandwich into long, thin, french-fry-like pieces for your kids to munch on.
Fun ideas to help present lunch in a different way
With a little natural food coloring, you can add some crazy colors to foods such as mashed potatoes or hard-boiled eggs. With such a colorful lunch, your child will be the envy of the lunchroom.
Try bringing in themes for your child's lunch. For Valentine's Day, make up a lunch including only red items. If your kid's favorite color is orange, make a lunch with a tasty variety of orange foods. Add in a little natural food coloring for those hard-to-match colors.
Kebab-ing for Apples
A fun way to get your child to eat more fruits and vegetables is to present them skewered on a kebab. Bite-sized pieces of fruit on a kebab with some yogurt dip, or veggies kebabed and paired with some veggie dip, will add some fun to the way your kids eat lunch.
Sneak In Some Fun
Pack more into your child's lunch than just lunch. Take a couple of minutes in the morning to write a quick note or add a little prize; stickers or a small, school-safe toy could work. Even a knock-knock joke, a game or maze, or a hint about an upcoming surprise could brighten your kid's day.
Little ideas to add fun to your child's lunch in a flash
If your child loved dinner last night, let him or her enjoy it again! Use last night's meal leftovers to make up some kid-sized portions for school. It'll save you time and give your kid something different to eat at the lunch table.
Face in the Crowd
Making faces out of part of your child's lunch is a simple way to add in some fun. Try making a monster-faced sandwich by placing two olives for eyes and cutting a zigzag at the bottom of the bread. Or take an apple and cut a wedge out for a mouth, use pretzels to make ears, and place raisins for eyes. Use your imagination!
Sliced hard-boiled egg eyes, pretzel ears, a cherry tomato nose, cut the bottom of the bread to look like teeth, red food coloring in mayo for mouth
Apple head, string cheese as hair, raisin eyes, marshmallow teeth
Sandwich with a zigzag mouth cut, olive eyes, pretzel-stick hair
Making fun animal shapes out of fruits and veggies
Zoo to You
Get your kids excited about chomping the heads off of dinosaurs, bears, and all sorts of animals when you make them with fruit! Connect some grapes together for a slithering snake. Put a pair of raisin eyes on an apple with an orange-slice mouth. Use your imagination!
Pears halved, marshmallow ears, carrot-slivered tail, and raisin eyes on a bed of lettuce
Kiwi body, grape head; alternate apple slices with orange slices for feathers
Pretzel wings, string-cheese body, cherry head with antennae
Bird on a Nest
Hard-boiled egg body, pretzel wings, olive head, on a "nest" of carrot shavings
Fish in a Stream
Plastic dish with blueberry pudding as the river on the bottom of the dish; orange and apple slices stuck in with raisin heads
Ants on a Log
Celery with peanut butter in the middle and raisins along the peanut butter
Halved apple with raisins on top for spots, pretzel rods as legs, and a grape as a head
Kiwi body, grape hands and/or feet, small marshmallow eyes, lettuce lily pad
Strawberry body, licorice tail, almond ears, next to a wedge of cheese
Mr. Crabby Apple
Wedge cut out of an apple for the mouth, used for crab claws; small marshmallow eyes on pretzel sticks fixed to the apple