School Lunch Ideas for Kids


It’s back-to-school time, and along with the rush of school supply shopping and new backpacks comes the dreaded lunchbox dilemma – what should I pack for school lunch inside of that cute new lunchbox?! If your kids are anything like mine, sandwich burnout comes quickly into the school year, and I find myself on the hunt for new and creative sandwich alternatives and lunch ideas.

Ham and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins

Ham and Cheese Lunchbox Muffins – these muffins will be the envy of the cafeteria, and they’re a delicious way to use up leftover mac and cheese!

Pizza pancakes!

Pizza pancakes! Who wouldn’t love these?! Perfect for kids who don’t care for sandwiches!

Cheesy pepperoni pizza

Cheesy pepperoni pizza sticks are a surefire lunchbox hit!

Monster Sandwiches

Monster Sandwiches – if you’re going to pack a sandwich, be silly and fun with these cute monsters, and score points for creativity!

Taco Pop Tarts

Taco Pop Tarts – a savory, lunchbox-friendly twist on a beloved childhood treat!

Barbecue chicken cups

Barbecue chicken cups are super easy to make, and they make a great sandwich alternative!

Chicken and cornbread waffle sliders

Chicken and cornbread waffle sliders are super yummy! Use store-bought chicken strips to save even more time for these fun lunchbox favorites!

Banana Cereal Snacks

Banana Cereal Snacks – here’s a very tasty lunchbox treat that is just as simple to make as it is to eat.

Chicken ranch wraps

These chicken ranch wraps are a huge hit with my kiddos!

Lunch Box Kabobs

Lunch Box Kabobs – if your little ones are bored with traditional sandwiches, try putting the sandwich on a stick!

Bagel Pizzas

Bagel Pizzas – these pizzas are a great way to use up leftover bread products! Cooled down, they are perfect for lunchboxes too and make a lovely change from sandwiches.

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins

Whole Wheat Banana Muffins -no processed food here! Use real whole foods to create delicious, moist, and nut-free banana muffins for kids.

PacMan bento box

This PacMan bento box is so much fun (and super easy to make!)! Okay, it does include a sandwich, but it’s so cute and different that it will still score points with the kids!

Ham and Cheese Pockets

Ham and Cheese Pockets – All you need is frozen puff pastry sheets, cheddar cheese slices, and ham slices!

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