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Are you considered a fun Mom? I like to think I am. I love to sit down with my kids and do arts and crafts. I love to bake fun and colorful desserts. I love dancing around the house and making up silly songs. My new favorite thing to do is turning their lunch into a fun work of art! You may have seen lunches like this online and thought, like I did, WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT? But honestly, with the right tools, you can create fun themed and balanced lunches for your kids in just minutes! The best part is the look on their faces when they see their fun lunch!
All you need are some cookie cutters (or sandwich cutters), silicone liners and an imagination. The key to a balanced and fun lunch is choosing the right foods and turning them into a work of art so your kids are excited to eat them!
What You’ll Need for This Balanced and Fun Lunch:
Turkey (or ham), American cheese, whole wheat bread and condiment of your choice
First, build your sandwich. I typically use turkey, American cheese, a little mayo or mustard and whole wheat bread. Using a cookie or sandwich cutter, cut it into a fun shape. You can also add a variety of veggies or garnishes to enhance your design. For the butterfly, I used a carrot stick and a slice of black olive.
I use the little silicone liners to add loose finger foods like blueberries or raspberries. It keeps them from rolling around and makes a cute design.
Next, you can cut some veggies into fun shapes. I used cucumbers and my flower cookie cutters to cut the center of the cucumber slice. I give the girls both the cut out and the outside portion so that none of the veggie goes to waste. I cut carrots into a circle to make the center of the flower and laid them all on top of a piece of lettuce. I like to give them a couple of tablespoons of hummus to dip their veggies into.
So that they have a little extra protein, I used a mini cookie cutters to cut some extra turkey into little birds and put them under the flowers. A final touch was the little heart shaped strawberry slices, to remind the girls how much I love them.
The final touch for every one of our fun and balanced lunches is a little something personal. For this lunch, I added a sweet little note. I will often also include riddles, jokes, tongue twisters or a quick and easy craft idea that they can do when they finish their lunch. If you’re looking for some fun ideas, please check out this free printable. You can visit the Craft Your Lunch site for exciting lunch ideas and crafts and don’t forget to pick up all of your lunch ingredients at Target. Visit the Target Circle App to save 10% on NABISCO Multipacks from 8/10 to 9/7, 10% on Danimals Yogurt from 8/9 to 8/15, and 10% on Horizon Organic Milk Boxes from 8/9 to 9/9!
If you give this a try, I’d love to hear about it! Make sure to tag me on social media so I can see how beautiful it turned out!
I'm so honored that you've found us! I'm Heather, a Mom of 3 who blogs about parenting, food, occasional travel and how I overcame my daily struggle with anxiety. I miss sleeping and rely on coffee and laughter to get me through the day. I hope you enjoy and visit often!
ahhh Heather, you just took me down memory lane. My mum used to do cut-outs with my sandwiches too. I LOVED it. and cut outs of the cucumbers were super fun too. i am sure your kids love it!!
That is the most adorable lunch ever! My little Scarlet will love this and I will for sure try to make this myself as I have some fun and cute Bento containers for her to use this year. Thanks for sharing 🙂