How to Lunch Prep for Kids Who Aren’t School-Aged

How to Prep Lunches for Toddlers and Preschoolers #ad #RITZFilledBackToSchool

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How to Prep Lunches for Toddlers and Preschoolers #ad #RITZFilledBackToSchool

This year is going to be a tough one for me.  My sweet Jackson is headed off to preschool.  Although he’ll only be there a couple days a week, between school, appointments, and extra-curriculars (hello, swimming and soccer!), we’re going to be busy bees in a couple of months.  One of the ways I plan to be in control of our busy schedules is by preparing our lunches.

Just because your kids aren’t school-aged, doesn’t mean you don’t have a need for a lunchbox.  Packed lunches are ideal for toddlers and preschoolers because they allow you to have their favorite foods on hand during busy days.  And I don’t know about you, mama, but I love when I don’t feel the need to go through a drive-thru to feed my hungry kids.

Read on for my tips on packing lunches for kids who aren’t quite school-aged:

Individual Packages

This is key, especially if you have more than one little one.  I like the convenience of having food individually packaged so we can graze on the go.  Reusable plastic containers, like bento boxes, are a great option for food that doesn’t come in its own container.  Kroger also has a great line of organic snacks that come individually packaged that we absolutely love.

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Skip the Sandwich

In my experience, kids are not the biggest fans of sandwiches.  Plus, they’re messy and don’t travel well.  RITZ sandwich crackers, applesauce pouches, string cheese, and pre-washed/cut fruit make for easy to pack lunch goodies.  I found my RITZ crackers at my local Kroger. Find your local Kroger/Kroger Family of Stores to get your RITZ crackers here.

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Find a Cute Lunchbox

Both my son and daughter love our monkey lunch bag.  I like to make mealtimes as fun as possible, sometimes it’s the only way to get my picky eaters to eat!

Do you pack lunches for your young children?  Have any additional tips?  Share them in the comments below!

20 thoughts on “How to Lunch Prep for Kids Who Aren’t School-Aged

  1. My oldest is starting Kindregarten this year, so we’re on the hunt for some good lunch-packing ideas. Ritz bits would be a fun addition that I’m sure he’d love!

  2. This looks like a yummy lunch! We love Ritz crackers in this house, too! And you are so right about things being individually packaged…so much easier!

  3. I agree about sandwiches. My toddler can’t stand them! This looks a lot like our on the go meals! I’ll have to try these ritz snacks.

    1. Why don’t they like sandwiches?! The only way I can get my son to eat one is if I cut it in the shape of Elmo! ugh!

  4. It is so easy to throw together a quick lunch box for when you are out and about, these are great ideas that would be super fast prep! I used to always pack a meal for my kids when we went to restaurants too! For as long as I could get away with it. 🙂

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