He's very excited. Me? A little less so. Because I'll be the one doing all the making and packing. However, I think I've found a way that my six-year-old can help with making his lunch, and end up with something he wants to eat: an easy school lunch planner!
We sat down together and brainstormed some ideas for things to put in his lunch. I came up with the basic categories (main dish, fruit/vegetable, side, drink and dessert) and we listed several ideas in each. Next, I typed the foods and categories up and color coded them.
Next, I want to laminate and cut out the category cards and the food slips. The category cards could go on the front of organizing boxes, or they could go above hooks, and the food slips could be strung on metal rings to hang on the hooks.
The Ready? category is for the final check of questions: do you need a spoon or fork? Do you have your water bottle, sandwich and lunch box? There is also a Shopping category to use the food slips as a reminder to stock up.
Want the file? It's a totally free printable! Click here to view the PDF of this school lunch menu board! (Click on the printer icon on the gray bar above the document to print.)
Some more menu planning board ideas that you could adapt to this:
Binder clip menu board from All Things Beautiful (inspiration for above)
This way, you get your kids involved in picking and maybe even packing (and hopefully eating!) their own lunches.
How do you organize your kids' school lunches?