Yesterday was the day my 4 year old was waiting for all weekend. Every day he asked if it was time for school yet. He had his clothes all picked out for days. When it was finally Tuesday, he put on his superhero pajamas (yes pajamas) and packed a small blanket and chip clip and declared he was ready for school. I swear, 4 year old boys are the funniest creatures. He made me put the blanket around him like a cape and secure it with the chip clip. At school. I love that little kids have no worries what other kids think. I wish we could all stay that way.
Lunch Ideas for Kids
Sometimes I pick up my 4 year old from preschool and trying to figure out what to eat for lunch is so hard. My kids are not big on peanut butter and jelly – I know I can’t believe it either! When I was a kid, I could eat that stuff every day. Um, when I was a kid? I mean now I could do that!
But my kids just don’t have the taste buds for it. Maybe it’s all the Moroccan food they have been growing up eating.
So our choices are kind of limited when little Mr. Preschooler gets done at 11:30 in the morning and he is famished from all the running, coloring and lego-building and he wants to eat right away.
I should probably have something waiting for him, huh? But I like to use that precious time to do stuff like drink my coffee in peace! Crazy, right?
So after my husband bought out the Ritz crackers from Costco I thought hmmm…what can I do with those?
My 4 year old absolutely LOVED the idea of making his own little gourmet lunch, complete with a smiley face.
All I used were the following:
- Tuna Salad – one can albacore tuna, 2-3 tablespoons mayo, a dash salt, pepper, and onion powder.
- Ritz crackers
- Black olives
- Cheese sticks
- Plum tomatoes
- Fresh parsley (my kid loved this part!)
- Grapes or other fruit
Some other quick lunch ideas for kids are:
- Annie’s Mac and Cheese
- Egg Salad
- Hummus, Crackers and Cheese
And my two year old’s version of gourmet cracker sandwiches…
For more quick snack and lunch ideas, check out this post: