Back to School Lunchbox Hacks 2016

It’s that time of year all the kiddies are heading back to school and kinder, you’ve organised the books and uniforms and are just waiting for the first day. But have you thought about lunch? New Years are a fresh start and it may be the first year of your little ones schooling or just a new year but either way I hope this post inspires you with lunch ideas and things to include if you want to jazz up the old lunch box. 

To start off what are you going to pack? Here’s a list of some examples to get your mind working. It’s great to try to introduce new things but if it’s their first year maybe try to include some old favourites you know your child will eat and add other things for them to try. School can cause some anxieties with all the change so just go slow. 

Get the printable here.
Yoghurt: if your little one loves yoghurt why not save money and the earth by packing your own in reusable pouches? You can either buy a big tub and divide between the pouches or if you feel the need you can Make your own.

Stop Apples from Browning: I pack sliced apples often and I just sit them into a bowl of water with some lemon juice after I’ve sliced them and then dry off on some paper towel and into the lunchbox, I find keeping the slices together helps too. 

Use cookie cutters: add some fun Ito lunch by cutting their sandwich or fruit into shapes using a cookie cutter. It’s super effective and kids just love it (the cut offs taste pretty good too 😊) 

Include a Note: add a cute printed note, write one on their banana, or turn your banana into a person by adding some features with a marker (it gets peeled off so no worries there) 

Make some kebabs: Fruit kebabs that is! Kids love to eat things on sticks so why not try a rainbow or some of their favorite fruits and veg. You can even make sandwich kebabs by first chopping the sandwich into small squares or circles.


Pack a hot lunch: we invested in a thermal food jar and my son loved having hot food at lunch time, when they open it at lunch the food is still hot so it’s a nice treat. You can pack things like leftovers from dinner, something baked or you can also use them for cold food too such as watermelon. In this picture my son had nuggets, tuna mornay and leftover butter chicken. 


Foodoodlers: it might sound funny but these are nifty markers made with food colouring so they are completely safe and edible. I use them on sandwiches, eggs, cheese and fruit. They really make lunch come alive.


Food picks: Some people love em some people hate em. We are in the love camp! You can have as few or as many as you would like but even a couple makes lunch much more fun in my sons eyes. Alphabet letters, eyes and leaves are our favorites.


 My best tip of all is to pack lunch the night before, I do this every day! I pack my sons lunch and refrigerate overnight. His bread is just as soft and things don’t go yucky like you might think. Give it a try and save yourself some time in the morning. 

I hope you feel inspired going into the new school year, making lunch doesn’t have to be a daunting process or a mundane thing. I made it a fun thing for me and my son and the bonus is they are so much more eager to eat it, and I am more eager to make it. 

Enjoy the new school year and don’t put too much pressure on yourself, raising little ones is one of the hardest and most rewarding things that we do. 

– Mel


Batman Planetbox Lunch

Today’s lunch is packed in the Planetbox. I went with a Batman theme to try and encourage my son to eat as the plainer lunches weren’t working as well as I’d hoped. Fussy periods in my child’s eating become very frustrating because when he doesn’t eat well his behaviour can worsen and he finds it hard to concentrate. Back to themed lunch to hopefully entice him to gobble it all up and have a good day at school! 

Today’s Batman Lunch has yoghurt coved sultanas in the mini dipper, salami stick, roast chicken slices with cheese “Batman”, dried apricot treat, bat carrots, peas, black grapes, polkadot corn on cob, slinky apple and popcorn. There’s a little bit of all his favourite things and all current foods he will eat so I’m really hoping this one comes home empty. 

I used the Lego Batman Magnet Set from Max & Otis that I purchased and made yesterday. I finished this set with a clear sealer spray and it worked much better than the Modpodge, they came up perfect. 

– Mel

Tuesday Planetbox Lunch

Today’s lunch is packed in the awesome Planetbox. I am loving this lunchbox! I went with a toned back lunch again as I try to get my son through this latest fussy phase.

He has polka for corn cob with ring picks to hold, apple slices, babybel cheddar cheese, strawberry, halved grapes, roast chicken and carrot wholemeal roll and yoghurt covered sultanas for a treat.

This lunch shows that you don’t have to pack heaps and the planetbox still looks great. I am really liking all the compartments they serve great purpose and make fitting in food so easy.

The magnets we used today were picked out by my son, he went with the lego superheroes that we purchased fromΒ Max & Otis. They are PDF Printable files which I printed onto magnetic paper, then I sealed them with Modpodge for longevity. They are a great addition to the Planetbox to make it fun and personalised while being easily interchangeable to suit his mood.

– Mel

Minion Lunch + Printable Link

It’s Minion Madness in my boys Yumbox today! The Yellow Ananas Yumbox was a perfect match for the minion theme.

I had seen these free printables a while back and knew they would be perfect for a minion lunch:

Wrapper plus other minion printables

Banana Minion Outfit

Isn’t the banana gorgeous! The link said to use glue but I just used blu-Tac and it worked great.

This half of lunch has roast chicken pita wrapped in a minion, apple slices, carrot and salami mini sticks and MINION cheese cutout. I find the top large section perfect for writing a word in food.

The second half of lunch has corn off the cob, organic popcorn and yoghurt covered sultanas we picked up at a local deli yesterday my son was so excited for something new in his lunchbox! The eyes in the corn are from a minion toy my youngest broke and I thought they’d be such a cute addition.

Thursday at our school is tuckshop day and they don’t have many healthy options and of those couple of things (fruit salad cup, boiled egg and salami stick) I can make that at home. So while the other kids are chowing down on their tuckshop my son will have his cool minion lunch! He never feels like he is missing out and has never asked for tuckshop because he knows it’s not healthy food we eat.

This lunch was very simple but the printables make it awesome. I printed them and cut them out ready during the day so that it was quick when it came time to make lunch.

– Mel

Frankenstein Halloween Lunch

I am so pleased with today’s lunch, it turned out awesome! Relatively simple too but it looks really effective. 

Lunch is packed in the Boon Trunk and I used the gorgeous Frankenstein joke from this free set at Artsyfartsymama.

Mini Frank apple slices with foodoodler accents and eyes, salami stick and corn on the cob.

Strawberries with a Frankenstein cupcake ring, sugar snap peas and grapes with alpha letters. My black food cups are getting quite the workout with these halloween lunches, they match perfectly! 

My favorite part of the lunch! I had in my head a Frankenstein wrap for months now and yesterday I found the green wraps at the supermarket to do it. Inside is roast chicken, carrot and cheese. I added some eyes, foodoodler accents and used nori for his hair. I was going to add some bolts but I don’t like poking too many things into wraps in case my son doesn’t realise they are there so I stuck with just the eyes. It’s a winner though my Son saw it and LOVES it! 
I hope you’ve been inspired to add some halloween into your lunch, it doesn’t have to be hard or complicated. Sometimes simple things look the best! 

– Mel

Lunchbox Ideas Printable List

Today I have something really cool for you: A Printable Lunchbox Ideas List!

I have put together a list and made it cute for you to print and pop on the fridge or wall. Its filled with Kid friendly foods that are healthy to fuel their little bodies at school.

It may not fit everyone’s criteria for eating but it’s just a guide of what I pack for my sons all in one spot! We aim for real whole foods and lasting energy plus healthy benefits.

I hope you can get some ideas from it too so that in the morning or night, whenever you pack lunch and you’re thinking what can I pack? This list will give you some help.

Healthy Kids Bento - Lunchbox Ideas

Healthy Kids Bento – Lunchbox Ideas List Free Download


  • Mel