Helping Kids Pack Their Own Lunches

This article on having kids pack their own lunches is filed under the “Tween and Teen” category, but in my house having kids pack their own school lunches started day one.

I started my two school age kids with a chart that included columns for each of the food groups, including a “sometimes foods” section, and they had to include at least one food from each of the categories.  In our house lunches include at least one fruit, one vegetable, one protein, one whole grain and one ‘fun’ food or packaged snack (apple sauce, fruit leather, flavoured rice cakes). I also bake, individually wrap and freeze snacks such as whole wheat muffins and scones. With a little organization and guidance, the kids participated in making their own lunches since the first grade, and by grade three did it all themselves.  They’re learning life skills and it’s one less thing I have to do; I love it!

Do your kids pack their own lunches? What systems or guidelines do you have in place?


Originally published on Momicon April 26, 2011