Updated on October 5th, 2014
Summer may means school is out, but it also means hungry kids are home and ready for lunchtime fun! To mix up your summer lunches, try one of these 5 creative lunchbox ideas with your kids! Whether you have a sports star, an outdoor nut, a gamer, or a child with a big imagination these lunchbox ideas will be a hit!
5 Creative Lunchbox Ideas
This post is sponsored by Go-Gurt. All opinions are my own.
When you’re planning your summer lunchbox, keep a handful of Go-Gurts ready! They are easy to serve and perfect for adding in a serving of dairy to your child’s lunch without fuss. Weave the Go-Gurt right into the lunch theme when you can to add even more fun to your child’s lunch. Here’s my top 5 ideas!
Create your own all-star Basketball Lunchbox with just a few simple ingredients! I created a simple PB&J sandwich and then used a circle cookie cutter to cut the outside shape to create a basketball. Next, take a knife and slice evenly down the center of the sandwich. Finally, use the circle cutter again at the edges of the circle to create an inward curve cut to form your basketball. A Go-Gurt makes the perfect basketball hoop pole. Just add a slice of cheese and a few pretzels to represent your hoop and backboard. Make sure you include a handful of Trix to represent tiny basketballs for a fun and interactive lunchbox. Round out your lunchbox with carrots and ranch for a real slam dunk lunchbox!
Summer Camp Lunchbox
This fun themed summer camp lunchbox will remind your kids of all the fun they had at camp. Grab a leafy lettuce to use as a tree and grass. Finish off the tree with a few pretzels as the trunk. Next, cut a sandwich into two triangles to resemble a tent or A-frame cabin. Turkey and cheese pinwheels will resemble sleeping bag rolls to add to the scene. A mandarin orange resembles the bright sun!
Tic Tac Toe Lunchbox
Summertime means lots of time for fun and games – which is what this Tic Tac Toe Lunchbox is full of! Cut a PB&J sandwich into a 9-square grid to resemble your Tic Tac Toe board then top with game pieces your child can interact with like blueberries and cubed cheese. Raspberries and grapes will resemble the favorite dot game. Add in a Go-Gurt and alternating carrot and peanut butter filled celery sticks to complete this lunch.
Star Wars Lunchbox
Let your child’s imagination soar with this Star Wars themed lunchbox. The star of this lunchbox is a Go-Gurt turned light saber! Just add a small piece of aluminum foil as a handle at the base of your Go-Gurt. Next, add in a Yoda sandwich to show your allegiance to the Jedi’s. A turkey, cheese, and leafy lettuce sandwich looks great as it will show off green just like Yoda. Just use a circle cookie cutter to form the face and add ears from the sandwich scraps that remain using two small triangles. Raisins and a peapod can form his eyes and mouth. Round out the lunchbox by adding mini light saber pretzels, blueberries to form a galaxy and cucumber slices.
Send your child back in time to prehistoric days with this dinosaur themed lunchbox! Cut out a dino using a dinosaur shaped cookie cutter and then add an extra slice of lunch meat folded in half and then cut triangle spikes along the edge before tucking the slice of meat into the sandwich. Grab a Go-Gurt to resemble a tree trunk and top with peapods and cherries to make an ancient fruit tree. Add character to the lunchbox with a hard-boiled egg colored with spots as a Dinosaur egg and a string cheese cut into the shape of a bone. Finally, add in more veggies and fun by making ants on a log with a piece of celery, peanut butter, and a few raisins.
I made one of each of these lunchboxes for a fun backyard summer lunch dates with my nieces. The kids absolutely loved picking out a lunchbox and sometimes swapping something from their own plate with their cousins. They all thought the creative lunchbox ideas were so much fun and they each had their own favorite.