Lunchbox Ideas for PreSchoolers – with no boring sandwiches! Inspiration for more interesting pack ups for kids.
My tiny toddlers turned 4 this week – eek! Where has that time gone? They are now fully fledged preschoolers, which brings a whole new world of lunchboxes. I wrote about their lunchboxes a while ago and it’s still one of my most popular ever posts (40 Toddler Lunchbox Ideas). I thought I’d share an update and some photos with you of what I’ve been packing up for them this term.
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I’ve been trying to avoid sandwiches as they seem to get pretty bored with them. The eagle eyed will notice that one with sandwiches did sneak into the photos, but they were super cute sandwich squares so I’ve allowed them to be forgiven for their sandwich title.
Anyway, whilst I’m nowhere near a Bento queen like my lovely pal Grace at Eats Amazing, I try to keep the lunches fun, colourful and interesting. YumBoxes (available from Amazon) have definitely helped with this. I don’t really stick to the allocated suggestions for what goes into which section (oops) but they definitely make packing up a quick, easy and interesting lunch so much easier. We have the Classic Yumboxes, which are £24.95 each.
Lunchbox Ideas for PreSchoolers
- Mini breadsticks
- Cold cooked pasta (often with pesto)
- Mini rice cakes
- Wraps, turned into filled pinwheels, by cutting them into thin slices
- Brioche pieces (kind of a treat too)
- Cheese twists (from the bread stick aisle, these can be high in salt though so watch out)
- Toasted pitta fingers
- Hummus for dipping
- Pieces of cooked chicken
- Strips of ham
- Pieces of quiche
- Cold hard boiled eggs (they only get this when my husband is making, as I can’t bear them!)
- Cold cooked sausage pieces
- Cheese cubes
- Yoghurt tubes
- Plain yoghurt mixed with fruit
Fruit & Vegetables
- Cherry tomatoes
- Cucumber strips
- Carrot sticks
- Pieces of mango
- If they are having pasta (see above, I’ll often mix in peas or broccoli pieces)
- Grapes, cut in half
- Dried apricots
- Satsuma segments
- A few chocolate buttons
- A piece of fruit leather, or fruit string
- A biscuit
- A mini Creme Egg (as it’s nearly Easter!)
- Flapjack pieces
- Cake pieces (banana cake for energy goes down very well)
- Kids type crisps
Hope this gives you some lunchbox ideas for your kids, let me know if you have any gems I haven’t included!
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Disclosure: We were gifted our Yumboxes, however as always our opinions are honest. This post contains affiliate links.