For many parents (myself included), the new school year brings a fresh set of obstacles as far as our picky eaters are concerned. With a limited amount of time for them to eat and no one pushing them to finish what parents pack, kids often come home famished with a still-full lunch box. As I learned a little too late in the year last year, making lunch interesting is often the key to fixing this problem. Using a crust cutter to change the shape of a sandwich takes very little extra time, yet it makes that plain old turkey look totally appealing. Even easy things like lunch box notes, cool freezer packs and interesting utensils, like the ones featured below, can make kids actually want to try everything you send with them.
Lunch Box Cookbook, $19, williams-sonoma.com
Yum-Yum Bento Box: Fresh Recipes for Adorable Lunches, $12, amazon.com
Freezer Packs, $9-$10, potterybarnkids.com
Lunch Box Love Notes Set, $8, potterybarnkids.com
Bites and Pieces Crust Cutter, $8.50, perpetualkid.com
On Safari Utensil Set. $6, kohls.com