We all want to make sure that our child’s first day at school is memorable. Children have many mixed emotions when starting school for the first time. Starting school should be a fun and exciting time for them, but it can be a little daunting too, with lunchtimes probably being the most difficult for them to cope with.
Here’s a few helpful tips for those children taking a packed lunch so that the school lunch time experience runs as smoothly as possible for your little boy or girl
Choosing the right kid’s lunch box or school lunch bag for your little one is very important.
Girls’ lunch boxes should have gorgeous, brightly coloured designs, whereas boys’ lunch boxes should be fun and super cool.
When choosing school lunch boxes for children perhaps the most important thing to consider is whether the child can open it themselves. A well designed kid’s lunch box is one that the child can open easily. Stephen Joseph kids lunch boxes and Tyrrell Katz school lunch bags are brilliantly designed having an easy to open zip. The zip opens completely revealing all those lunchtime goodies.
Kids’ lunch boxes should also be lightweight and come with an easy to carry handle or shoulder strap. It’s also very important to be able to clean them easily too.
Choose kids’ lunch boxes and lunch bags that have a velcro strap so that a kid’s drink bottle can be held firmly in place. It’s also very important to choose a non leakable kid’s drink bottle or drinks carton. Your child will be distraught if they come to open their school lunch box and are faced with soggy sandwiches.
At what to buy for kids, we recommend Stephen Joseph school lunch boxes and Tyrrell Katz kids’ lunch boxes. They have all the above features making them perfect for young children to take to school. School lunch boxes make great practical and useful presents for kids too.
It is also very important to make sure you don’t over face your young child when they start school by putting far too much lunch into their school lunch box. On average children only get between 20 minutes to half an hour to eat their lunch, so if your child is a slower eater then think carefully about how much lunch to put inside. Many children become very upset when their fellow class mates are allowed to go out to play and they are left on their own struggling through a mountain of sandwiches.
Kids love finger foods and bite size portions, so consider this when putting their lunch together. Sandwiches cut into quarters are easy for children to eat, as are sticks of carrots, peppers, celery and cucumber. Fruit cut into bite size chunks are easier to eat than a whole apple for example and not as time consuming!
Children often miss you, the parents, most at lunchtime – so a great idea is to sometimes pop in a note with a short message. Remember though many children are just learning to read so a little picture with “Love Mummy” or “Big Hugs and Kisses, Daddy” will be just as good!
Here at What to Buy for Kids we try to provide you with great ideas for kids but we realise that we don’t know everything. Please let us know of your ideas and stories about your child’s lunch box experiences.
By Lisa Bradburn