Lunch Box Surprises

My daughter is nearly two months into her first year of first grade. Her first year of bringing home lunch every.single.day. is putting a strain on my creativity. Not only am I tasked with trying to find something new to make out of ham every.single.day. but I started putting little surprises into her lunch box about a month ago and now she expects something new every.single.day.

So I am sending out a S.O.S. to you readers. The following is a list of some of the super easy, fun surprises I have left in my daughter’s lunch box so far. If you have any other ideas to share, please do so in the comment section.

*Jokes and riddles: This week I started putting Halloween theme riddles in her lunch box, such as: Why don’t skeletons go to scary movies? Because they don’t have the guts to.

*Make use of old magazines: You can cut out hearts or other shapes from old magazines. For example, if your child likes dogs, then make a dog collage.

*Cookie cutters: I use cookie cutters to make dog-shaped brownies, gingerbread man-shaped ham pieces and, sailboat-shaped cheese slices.

*Poem: Write a silly poem about your family or some event or activity that you are planning to attend, such as a soccer game or a sibling’s piano concert.

*Notes: Encourage your kids to create and place notes or drawings into their siblings’ lunch boxes. Or ask grandma and grandpa to snail mail or email little notes that you can include in your son or daughter’s lunch box. Another way to gather surprises from others is to have family members jot down notes to your child at a family function and then include them in your child’s lunch box later in the month.

*Comics: Go through the Sunday funnies and clip your child’s favorite comic strip. Then, tape it inside his lunch box.

*Clues: Leave little clues in your child’s lunch box hinting at what’s to come after school or during the weekend. For example, if you are planning a weekend trip to the beach, then pack a small bag of sand in a Ziploc bag and place it in your child’s lunch box. Or, you can cut out letters from a magazine that spell POPCORN, if you are planning to have a family movie night.

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About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.

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