Standing at the front door, taking a photo of my daughter on her first day of Kindergarten, I think I was more excited than my daughter! Perhaps it was because she would be attending my Primary school and my Kindergarten classroom. For me it was a nostalgic trip down memory lane! For her, it was a big step into the world of being a big girl! Leaving her baby brother at home and going off to school was exciting for both of us!
At Kindy Orientation Day I asked two important questions.
Do we pack our own lunches for the children: Yes
Do we need to bring morning tea and afternoon tea: No it was provided by the school – they will have fruit time in the morning and crackers and cheese in the afternoon.
I found out that other schools request you bring a piece of fruit to share for morning tea.
Children want to eat a quick lunch and then play!
Making the same lunch every day can be a bit tedious – especially since we have approximately 200 days of school a year. Times that by 8 primary school years (including Pre-Primary and Kindergarten) that is aproximately 1500 school lunches we need to make in our children’s primary school life.
Mixing it up a little with a a different lunchbox or sandwich cutters can help make the school lunches fun, healthy and inviting to eat every day!
My top tips I learnt when my daughter went to Kindy which I carried on through now we are heading into Year 2 for my daughter and Year 1 for my son next year.
- Write a list of each child’s favourite sandwich toppings, fruit, vegetables and snacks
- Pre-cut fruit and vegetables and pop them in airtight containers in the fridge the night before.
- Dip fruit like apples and banana’s in citrus juice (like apple or orange juice) or soda water to prevent browning.
- Bake in bulk and freeze savoury and sweet muffins, scrolls, pikelets, scones for quick lunchbox snacks.
- Chill cooked foods (like hard boiled eggs) before packing the lunchbox.
- Pack leftovers straight into the lunchbox the night before (corn cobs, pasta).
- Cut food into appropriate bite size pieces to encourage maximum food is eaten in the limited time they get eat.
- Choose an insulated lunchbag that will hold an icepack, lunchbox and morning tea, to keep everything cool for several hours.
- Choose an easy to open but leak-proof water bottle. In summer months add ice cubes or freeze and wrap in a tea towel.
- Ensure they can open and close their lunchbox – as lunches won’t get eaten if they can’t open their lunchbox.