Fun Lunch Ideas for Kids in Elementary School

Summer goes by way too fast, before you know it we are preparing to send the kids back to school! This also means time to think about what to pack the kids for lunch. My 4 year old son is pretty picky when it comes to what he wants for lunch, and trying to make his lunch a healthy one is sometimes a chore. I have found a few fun ideas to make lunches more fun for kids to eat.


Caterpillar Fruit Kabobs These are fun and very simple for adults to make, the kids can even make them! You just need grapes, strawberries, wood skewers, sugar eyes and frosting to hold the eyes on to the strawberry. If you don’t want to send these in on the wooden skewer, they would still be cute without!



Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter if your child isn’t a fan of bread then these are awesome sandwiches to take to school. They look fun to eat and are very tasty. All you need for this one is Apples, Peanut or Almond butter, Granola & optional Chocolate Chips. This would also make a great after school snack! 



Tortilla Pinwheel Lollipops Definitely not your typical “lunch sandwich” this one is fun to make and even more fun to eat. For this one all you need is cream cheese, tortillas, lunchmeat of choice, cheese of choice, and ranch dressing! Add lollipop sticks and your kids will love these! 




Silly Face Sandwich There are easy and adorable, plus the kids can make them into any silly face they want! For these the possibilities are endless. For example, you can use blueberries or olives for the eyes, grapes or carrots for nose, and pepper slices for the mouth! Kids will love all the crazy combinations they can come up with. 



Apple Race-cars Kids will love these!! You can use all different types of food for the wheels. Bananas, round apple slices, kiwi slices or even string cheese! For a sweet treat you can add marshmallows! 


These are all great options for picky and non picky eaters! Your child will enjoy lunchtime at school and have a full tummy.


My name is MJ. I have two wonderful children and work part time as well as volunteer at my children's school.

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  1. Cute lunch ideas that I will pass along. My boys are in their teens and will kill me if that’s how I pack their lunch. LOL

  2. Catherine S says:

    These are all cute ideas. My son would like apple cars and face sandwiches.

  3. Very cute snack ideas. Thank goodness our Grandkids aren’t picky so I can just hand them the fruit or whatever they are having for snack. Maybe I will try one of these ideas for them though.

  4. Look how cute all this looks. Very cute share.

  5. These are the cutest ideas EVER! We make the apple PB sandwiches but will be adding the lollipop roll ups very soon.

  6. Oh wow these ideas are totally cute! I am going to try them with my kids — they’ll love them!

  7. Oh wow, those are super cute ideas. My oldest hates sandwiches so we have to get creative for her lunches!

  8. Debbie Denny says:

    What fun and tasty food. Love the apple sandwiches.

  9. The kabobs are adorable. The apple sandwiches are very timely because we’re trying to avoid bread(the good stuff is too overpriced or I’m just too picky, one or the other). The apples will delight the whole family, and they’ll just think they’re special to have their favorite fruit. The granola will deliver the crunch and flavor to keep lunchtime fun.

  10. I love the sandwiches with the faces on them. That’s such a cute way to dress up an otherwise ordinary meal!

  11. I’ve never seen the apple race cars before! Since my kiddo loves apples, I have to make these with him. Thanks for the fun ideas!

  12. Fun ideas… and love that they are good for you snacks. Will have to surprise my kids with some of these when they get home from school this fall. They will laugh… as they are in middle school… but laughs will be good for some of the hard days.

  13. Aw look at the cute faces. We make bread faces here too for the school lunch. 😉

  14. My kids would love the apple race cars. My favorite lunch box ideas seem to be bento boxes lately, but these are really cool. I love the sandwich faces!

  15. I lvoe to eat food that looks fun. The strawberries are the cutest thing….the eyes!

  16. Those sandwiches are just adorable. My son goes to preschool tomorrow, and I have to pack his lunch. I can’t wait!