27 Best Recipes as Lunch Foods for Kids


Best Recipes that are perfect for lunch foods that would make great school lunch menus this fall.  Never wonder what to have for lunch with these homemade lunch box tutorials, creative sandwiches and food, as well as free printable lunch box jokes and lunch menu ideas.

The Tip Junkie Creative Community has 163 lunch foods with  pictured tutorials with on how to make school lunch menus!  So be sure to search there if you’re looking for something specific. {wink}

Best Recipes

12 Creative Craft Food for Kids

1.  12 Creative Craft Food For Kids {edible crafts} ~ These crafts with food are so much fun to make and are sure to impress your children.  So if you’re wondering what to make that your kids will eat, try these creative craft food recipes!

School Lunches

2.  12 Creative School Lunches~ You aren’t going to believe how amazing these are!  I hope you’ll check out the tips & tricks and be inspired to make something fun for your little one this week.

How to Make Fruit Roll-Ups
3.  Homemade Fruit Roll-ups ~ Fruit rolls are a big ‘kid favorite’ and very easy to pop into lunches or backpacks for kids on the go. They are not only healthy and tasty, but also a great way to use up summer fruits especially those that are too ripe to eat.  You can use just about any fruit with this recipe.

How to Make Pizza Pockets
4.  Pizza Pockets ~ Sometimes, the most simple food is the best.  This quick and easy recipe only requires four ingredients and would be great as a kid friendly dinner, appetizers, or snack food for girls’ night in.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

5.  The Very Hungry Caterpillar Bento ~ Your very hungry preschooler will eat up this Very Hungry Caterpillar themed lunch.  A great way to incorporate lost of fun veggies in their lunchbox, the caterpillar and leaves are all nutritious and delicious.

The Lorax
6.  A Lorax LunchHave your kids seen the Lorax movie yet?  Are they obsessed?  Make them this light lunch of a Lorax sandwich with fruit and veggie trees.  Also a healthy after-school snack.

Nutella Piggy Sandwich

7.  Piggy Sandwich {Edible Crafts for Children} ~ Your little one won’t hesitate to gobble up this cute piggy sandwich.  This tutorial shows you how easy it is to turn your favorite sandwich into a fun farm animal themed lunch.

Frog Prince Lunch

8.  Frog Prince Bento LunchYou can make a simple sandwich a creative masterpiece with a few cookie cutters and fun containers.  In this post Melissa gives you the low-down on a cool lunch box, as well as some fun sandwich cutters.  Who said a PB&J had to be boring?

Lunch Foods

Lunch Food

9.  Homemade Granola Bars {No-Bake}The cost of snack foods can add up quickly, especially if you have more than one kid in the house.  And healthy snack seem to be more expensive than the junk.  These homemade granola bars are not only a fractions of the cost of the store-bought version, but you know exactly what’s going into them, giving you peace of mind that your family is getting a truly healthy snack.

Bento Lunch Box
10.  Lunch Box Ideas {free printable} ~ Stay out of a rut with these lunch ideas.  This free printable list has lunch ideas from veggies, fruits, carbs, dairy and proteins.  Put the list on your refrigerator for a quick reference everyday.

Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Lunch Box Notes

11.  Free Printable Lunch Box Notes ~ Print out these free jokes to give the kiddos a little chuckle while they are at lunch.  There is also a “blank” option if you want to fill in your own little love notes.

Lunch Box Notes
12.  Lunch Box Notes {Stationary} ~ Is it wrong to write myself a lunch note?  Because these are so adorable, I just might do it.   You could also use these for little notes to the teacher or friends.

Lunch Notes

13.  Free Printable School Lunch Notes {Printable Card} ~ Send a little love note to school with your kiddos with these free printable school lunch notes.  Use the blank designs or fill in the prompts.

Lunch Box Love Notes

14.  Lunch Box Love Notes {Printables for Kids} ~ Free printable Lunchbox Love Notes in fun spring colors! The perfect way to spruce up a boring brown bag lunch!

Lunch Box Jokes {for the kids}

15.  Lunch Box Jokes {for the kids} ~ Here are some fun printable jokes you can stick in the kid’s lunch boxes.  They are designed to be pasted together and cut with an Exacto knife so that they lift up a little flap for the punchline.  Check out the tutorial for all the details.

Lunch Box Notes
16.  Vintage Lunch Box Notes {printable} ~ I am just loving all the free printable lunchbox notes out there right now.  These vintage prints are not only pretty, but give your child a riddle/handwriting challenge.  Great for Kindergarten through 2nd grade.

Lunch Menu and Planners

Lunch Planner

17.  Printable Lunch Meal Planner ~ A cute lunch planner to help you stay organized and feeding the kiddos a healthy lunch.  Features images of cute healthy food so let the kids get involved in the planning too.

What to Have for Lunch

18.  Free Printable Menu Planner  ~  Creating a healthy lunch your child will eat is no longer an overwhelming task!  Thanks to this amazing ‘Pick Your Lunch‘ food checklist, your child{ren} can help create their own custom yummy school lunches.  Simply have your child mark the food they want to eat for lunch.  It’s as easy as 1-2-3!

Homemade Lunch Box Patterns

Oil Cloth Lunch Box

19.  Oil Cloth Lunch Bag ~ Oil Cloth is a great option for lunch bags because it is reusable and can be wiped off.  This adorable gingham bag has a velcro closure so that the oil cloth will stay folded shut.  It also makes the bag easier for little hands to carry.

Homemade Lunch Bag
20.  Sketchbook Lunch Bag ~ This embroidered lunch bag is absolutely darling!  It’s not only reusable, but also washable.   The pattern is ironed onto the fabric and then embroidered.

Notebook Lunch Bag
21.  DIY Notebook Lunch Bag ~ Just like notebook paper you can write on this adorable notebook lunch bag.  It’s made with striped canvas fabric and can be written on with a fabric marker.

Mushroom Lunch Bag
22.  Mushroom Lunch Bag {tutorial} ~ Not only is this critter fabric absolutely adorable, but the mushroom shape is fabulous!  The inside of the bag is insulated so it will help keep the food cool.  The mushroom top has a flap lid with a handle for easy carrying.
Bento Lunch Box
23.  Bento Lunch Box {pattern} ~ Bento lunches are so creative and fun for children!  Instead of a bento storage container you can make a bento lunch box with this free pattern.  The flap lid ties securely and has a nice handle for carrying.

Painters Paint Marker Lunch Box
24.  Personalized Lunch Box {tutorial} ~ Personalize a plain metal bucket with painter’s paint markers.  The markers are permanent, streak-free and dry almost instantly.  You can dress it up with a pretty bow and a fabric napkin.

Recycled Lunch Box
25.  Reusable Lunch Box ~ Make your own lunch box from a milk carton.  It’s a terrific way to recycle and will cost you virtually nothing to make it.

Lunch Box
26.  Chalkboard Lunch Box ~ What a fabulous way to send notes in your child’s lunch box.  This project is perfect for a non-sewer.  Just add chalkboard paint to the inside lid of a metal lunch box.  Voila!  You are ready to begin sending notes.

Lunch Box Ice Packs
27.  How to Make Your Own Lunch Box Ice Packs ~ I love the idea of making your own ice packs for lunch boxes.  They are not only much cheaper to make and can last forever (if taken care of), but are also non-toxic.  And, you probably already have all of the ingredients in your kitchen to make them.  {wink}

What To Have For Lunch

What to have for lunch?
Free Printable Menu Planner and Free Lunch Box Jokes!

Fun Things To Make:

If you love these activities for kids– then you’ll find HUNDREDS more just as creative over on the Tip Junkie Kids site!

Thanks Ladies. I just adore these tutorials! Feel free to grab my “I was featured on Tip Junkie” blog button. You earned it! {knuckle bumps}

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