As it is that time of year when we are getting the kids ready to get back to school, as a working Mum I am thankful for any shortcuts and time saving tips.
The girls are very helpful around the house and all have their chores – and that includes helping in the kitchen, and increasingly being able to prepare meals themselves. For some of the examples of what they have cooked over the Summer check out my Cooking With The Kids recipe series.
An easy way to get your children started is to get them involved in packing their own school lunches. But how can you begin to teach them?
That is where “Lunch Box Love” from my friend Melissa Taylor of Imagination soup comes to the rescue.
I was fortunate to have a sneak peak at the new book authored by Melissa and I only wish it had been available when my kids were younger.
You can tell Melissa used to be a teacher as she lays out the book and accompanying booklet in a way that is easy for your kids to follow.
The book provides tips for you as a parent or guardian including additional resources such as recommended books.
The book and booklet are filled with photographs of foods that your children will be able to understand and therefore help prepare their own lunch boxes – of course little ones will need help in some cases such as preparing, cutting and slicing vegetables.
“Lunch Box Love: Pick, Flip and Pack” is a printable book and a smaller printable booklet that helps you and your children put together a healthy lunch box.
Even if you are based outsie of the US the book will work for you – there are a couple of things that may have a different name – such as zucchini (Summer squash) which we here in Europe know as courgettes.
I also like the ideas that Melissa shares about how to get your kids involved in the kitchen detailed by age groups. For example the tips for 8-10 year olds include:
1. Making meals together – why not try some of my Cooking with the Kids recipes?
2. Teaching your children how to use the microwave to heat up foods – we put together single portions of food into containers that we then freeze or keep in the fridge which makes it easier for them to manage
3. Helping them start their own recipe book – I find that stores like Paperchase have great recipe folders and my girls love recording the recipes they make in their own recipe book. One of the girls also created their own recipe booklet covering a lined notebook with images and glitter that they said “summed up their personal style”! They also refer to my old personal recipe book that I started to write when I was 11 years old.
“Lunch Box Love” is available to purchase from the Imagination Soup online store.
Update 4 September 2013: You can read Melissa’s article about “Lunch Box Love” here.
More Resources To Help You with Your Back To School Lunch Boxes
Don’t forget to download the free lunch box labels that you can personalise – find out how to download them here.
Find more ‘back to school’ ideas including lunch box ideas on my ‘Back to School’ Pinterest board.