This is my daughter’s first year eating lunch at school. Needless to say it has been a major adjustment for both of us, namely because she thinks I am a short order cook and doesn’t understand why I am not willing to fill her lunch box with freshly baked pizza, ice-cold fruit salad and undisturbed seven-layer chocolate cake on a daily basis… in a single insulated Toy Story 3 lunch box.
There’s no way I can fulfill her lunch fantasy every day, but I can show her how much I love and miss her by adding simple surprises in her box, such as:
*Origami fortune cookies filled with my own quotes and funny messages.
*Use a cookie cutter to make dinosaur and dog shaped sandwiches.
*Sneak in leftover postcards from some of the fun places we visited this summer.
*Send crazy-shaped straws for her to drink her beverage with.
*Add a bunch of silly stickers to the bags that hold her snacks and sandwich.
*Wrap Silly Bandz around her thermos or the dessert container.
*Draw silly scenes on a napkin and place it under the snack bags.
*Add a countdown to Halloween or Christmas in the box.
*Stick Post-Its in different parts of the lunch box with riddles or jokes that can be shared with her classmates.
*Add a paper doily to the lunch box so she can use it as a fancy placemat of sorts.
*Stick in a few seashells from a recent beach trip so she can show her friends.
*Use leftover or scrap wrapping paper from Christmas or birthdays and wrap-up the lunch items.
*Cut out photos of her favorite things from magazines or newspapers.
*Add paper dolls to the lunch box. If you have a boy you could add in a pack of baseball cards.
*Write a poem expressing love and tape it to the inside flap of the lunch box.