I am loving putting together special themed lunches for Ella now that she is in a part-time kindergarten program. It’s a special way to let her know that I love her in the middle of her day, and she likes picking out her weekly theme as a way to still exercise some control over her day.
Last week, she asked for an Owl Lunch Box, and this is what I came up with.
Now you may notice that Ella’s lunch is not a “litterless” lunch – I allow her to pick out as many things at the grocery store as she is years old (so 4 grocery items because she’s 4) and while I sometimes make alternative suggestions for things that she picks out, I never veto anything.
Right now, she’s very interested in snack-sized treats, and since it is helping make her transition to school a bit more exciting, I’m allowing it. Not to mention, it’s easier for little hands to open some of these containers that re-usable ones (even if you do practice opening and closing lids).
Her healthy owl lunch box consists of:
- a chicken and cheese sandwich on pumpernickel bread
- I used a straw and a larger circle (cannoli tube) to cut out eyes from a scrap of deli chicken
- I used a heart cookie cutter to shape the owl’s body
- I then used the heart cookie cutter to cut out the wings of the owl
- Finally, I cut a square of cheese for the owl’s beak
- The owl’s eyes, beak, and wings are attached with a dab of mustard, but you could easily use butter instead
- a “nest” of Veggie Straws
- owl cheese crackers
- Lil’ Dippers cookie sticks
- Blueberry Applesauce
- Sliced Nectarines
- Yogurt Drink (we often wash out the containers and refill them with Kefir)
I’ll soon be putting together a central page for all of our fun lunch box ideas, but for now, be sure to check out my Lunch Box Ideas Pinboard and pin this for later!