Involving kids in packing school lunches used to be a daunting task, but with these 5 easy steps your kids will be helping pack lunches in no time!
This is a sponsored post by General Mills. All opinions are my own.
How to Involve Your Kids in Packing School Lunches
I remember as a kid I would love to go grocery shopping with my mom to help her pack lunches. There was just something about strolling through the aisles finding new and interesting things to pack in our lunch for school for the next week!
After grocery shopping for years with mom I noticed something different on a box we passed by… It was a square that said Box Tops. I was intrigued… I did what any curious child would do, I researched what this “Box Tops” was and found out that you actually cut it out and take them to your school so they get money! I was hooked! My new mission in life was wandering around the store looking for box tops, good thing I LOVED the food the Box Tops were on!
Since then, I have always had a love for making lunches while looking for Box Tops which has now carried on to my kids! One of the things I wanted to teach my kids from an early age is how to pack their lunches.
So how do you involve your Kids in Packing their School Lunches?
Teaching your kids to pack their own lunches is so easy when you have the right system.
The first thing we do to involve the kids in the packing of lunches is we take inventory. We start by grabbing a pen and our meal planner and take an inventory of what we need! The kids search what fruits and vegetables we have if we have enough bottled water, and scour the pantry for staples such as apple sauce and cereal for breakfast.
Head to the Store
After we take inventory of what we have we head to our local Walmart to pick up our food we need for lunches! We love shopping at Walmart not only because we find good deals, but because Walmart has an Exclusive Double Box Top Offers! Yes, you heard that right. From now until 9/8/19 you can receive Double Box Tops!
I love to take the kids with me to the store because it teaches them so many life skills. Like looking for sales, using coupons, and how to determine what size is the best buy. As we shop at Walmart we of course scour the shelves looking for Box Tops for Education Box Tops and throw those in the cart!
After we load up the cart with everything on the list we head to the check stand to checkout! We then load up the car and head home to unpack and get prepped for packing lunches all week!
But before we prep we scan our receipt to redeem our Box Tops for Education!
All you have to do is download the Box Tops for Education App and sign up!
It’s easy to sign up! Just insert your name and also the school you would like your Box Tops for Education earnings to go to!
After you sign up all you do is scan your receipt and Box Tops for Education’s state of the art technology reads your receipt and all your qualifying purchases! It is that easy! No more cutting box tops or remembering to send them into the schools!
Once you scan your receipt immediately your school’s earnings are automatically updated online so you can see just how close they are to their goal!
If that is not enough, there are also special bonus offers on top of the Box Top for Education money you earn! We are loving the Exclusive double Box Tops offer at Walmart! How perfect is this for busy families? I know I am loving it!
Of course if you still have old Box Tops the schools will still accept those, but they are being phased out and replaced with this awesome new easy system!
Weekly Lunch Prep!
One of my BIGGEST SECRETS in involving the kids in packing lunches is weekly lunch prep! When I get home from the store I start prepping for lunches. I start by cleaning my counters to ensure our lunch prep area is germ-free and clean!
After our area is clean I begin packing our lunch bins.
What is a lunch bin?
A lunch bin is a designated bin in the pantry specifically for lunch items that don’t need to be refrigerated. This is where we keep our Nature Valley Oats and Honey Bars, our Mott’s Fruit Flavored Snacks, and things like that. We also bag up either Honey Nut Cheerios, Lucky Charms, or Cinnamon Toast Crunch because my kids love to eat cereal at school right out of the bag!
Once this bin is packed we have a similar section in the fridge with our yogurts, our fruits, and vegetables. We will prepackage the fruits and vegetables as well for easy grabbing in the morning.
How to Involve the Kids in the Morning with Lunches
Now that all the hard work is done (lunch prepping) we are ready to motivate the kids to help pack their lunch before school!
Before we even start lunches in the morning the kids have to eat breakfast, so they have a quick bowl of cereal or some yogurt and then we are ready to go!
Fill Those Lunch Boxes!
We grab the lunch boxes and start packing!
We pull out our Pantry lunch bin, the kids each pick 2 things out of it, they each grab a yogurt, and a fruit or vegetable or both, and a bottle of Nestle™ Pure Life water Bottle.
I whip up some PB and J sandwiches or some turkey or ham and throw those in. We zip up the lunch boxes and the kids are ready to head out the door with lunch boxes in hand!
Not only does involving the kids save me time in the morning, but it ensures they are packing food they will actually eat and love!
Try it out! Involving the kids in packing lunches has never been easier!
How do you involve the kids in the morning to make your life easier?
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in Marriage and Family Studies. She specializes in helping blended families be successful as well as ways to strengthen the overall family dynamic through easy recipes, fun games, parenting, and marriage pointers to build a strong family unit.
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