The countdown to Valentine’s Day is on — and it’s a holiday that your kids can enjoy just as much as the adults. Fortunately, you can help make it special for your young ones by shaking up how you do school lunches. Here are several ideas to help you pack a Valentine’s Day lunch your kids will love.
1. Mini Shape Cutters
Use mini shape cutters to create some fun, edible snacks for your kids. These come in heart, letter, arrow, and other shapes that you can use on things like cheese, bread, fruit, salami, and a ton of other food items. For example, you can use the letter cutters to make “XOXO” or “LOVE” cheese snacks. You can even spell out your child’s name.
2. Cupcake Liners and Baking Cups
Use cupcake liners or heart-shaped baking cups as dividers to create extra sections in your child’s bento lunch box and to add some Valentine’s Day color. These are a great way to separate different food items, which also works well if you plan to pack your child’s lunches well in advance. There are many options for these liners and cups, but you can certainly find holiday-themed ones as the date gets closer.
3. Heart-Shaped Food
You can turn just about any food into a heart to make it fun for your kids. Heart-shaped pizzas are a fun choice for Valentine’s Day. You can also cut their favorite sandwich into the shape of a heart. Other options include cutting fruit, like apple slices, pineapple, strawberries, and melons into heart-shaped pieces.
4. Chocolate Covered-Fruit
Even if you don’t normally send chocolate in your child’s lunch, you might make an exception every now and then for holidays like Valentine’s Day. You can add a healthy spin to the gesture by creating some chocolate-covered fruit snacks. And it’s amazingly easy to do. Just choose the type of chocolate and fruit you want as well as any toppings like nuts or coconut.
5. Valentine’s Fruit Kabobs
In staying with the fruit theme, you can put together some fun and colorful Valentine’s fruit kabobs for your kids. Get an assortment of blueberries, watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, pineapple pieces, and grapes. You can pre-cut the fruit pieces into heart shapes or stars. Then, create festive rainbow fruit skewers.
6. Healthy Banana Pops
Another healthy snack/dessert you can make for your kids in the Valentine’s Day spirit is frozen banana pops. These are delicious banana halves on a stick dipped in Greek vanilla yogurt and rolled in sprinkles. You’ll want to package this snack in a cool bag so the yogurt doesn’t melt.
7. Homemade Fortune Cookies
What could be more fun and personal for your child than getting to crack open some homemade fortune cookies on Valentine’s day? You can spend some time thinking of funny or inspirational messages to put on the “fortunes.” Then follow the recipe and send them off with your child’s lunch. You can even add a bit of red food coloring to the cookie dough to turn the cookies pink.
8. Include Color Accents
Anything red or pink can add a dash of color to your child’s special Valentine’s Day lunch. This might involve placing some bright napkins in their lunch box or including things like heart-shaped cutouts, a placemat, or some berries.
9. Grilled Cheese Hearts and Tomato Soup
If your child is a bit older or you live in a colder climate, you might want to send them a cup (or thermos) of warm soup and a sandwich for lunch. You can dolly it up for Valentine’s Day by choosing tomato soup because it’s red. And then top it off with a heart-shaped grilled cheese sandwich.
10. Old Fashioned Love Notes
Finally, your kids have probably spent some time filling out those cute Valentine’s cards for their friends and classmates. They’d probably like nothing more than to receive a nice Valentine from you. Take the time to include a handwritten, printed, or fun note with your child’s lunch to add some extra Valentine’s love to their day.
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