How to Create a School Lunch StationAugust 31, 2016 | FILED UNDER: Storage Solutions, Fun Activities, Back to School
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Our Must-Have Containers for School LunchesThese are our go-to storage containers, ice packs and water bottles:
- Basket weave plastic storage bins (11″x13″)
- Chalkboard labels
- Set of 7 plastic bento lunch boxes
- Thermos unicorn water bottle
- Stainless steel water bottles (in every color of the rainbow!)
- Sistema food storage containers
- Sistema two part snack containers
- Reusable cooler packs
How to Create a School Lunch Station
1. Pick a Lower Cabinet
2. Corral Lunch Box Containers
3. Add Snacks to the School Lunch Station
Each of my girls is supposed to bring a “dry, healthy” morning snack for school each day. For us, that means a lot of cracker packs! I created a bin for individually packaged crackers, another bin for larger boxes of snacks, and one dedicated to applesauce, which they go through a lot of! Determine what the right groupings are for you and give each its own bin with a label (I like these chalkboard labels).
4. Rethink the Refrigerator
Of course, you can only store shelf-stable items in your school lunch station. In addition, you might want to think about how to make refrigerator items more accessible for younger kids to reach. Stella and Hazel can now grab deli meat and cheese from a bottom drawer in the fridge, along with fruit and veggies. I still help them with any cutting, but they can at least look for what they want and grab it themselves.
5. Let Kids Take Risks
I often cringe watching my 5 year old fill up her own water bottle or pour crackers out of a box! But I know letting them try is the only way they are going to learn. My mom was the one who encouraged me to have Stella and Hazel make their own lunch. She proudly claims that I made my own lunch from 1st grade on. 😉
6. Set a Routine
In order to stick with it, and not regress to me scrambling in the morning, we’ve found it helpful to pack everything up right after dinner. I clean up the dinner dishes while the girls are packing their lunches. So far, this routine has worked great! We keep everything in the refrigerator overnight and all we have to do is pull it out in the morning.