Cooking With Kids: 5 Lunches Your Kids Can Make for Themselves



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One of my favorite things about cooking with your kids is that they catch on very quick. When that happens they are able to make simple meals and snacks by themselves without any help. About 4 times a week my kids make lunch for themselves. I work from home so during the lunch hour I take a break to work. My kids love surprising me with a sandwich or snack and bring it to me at my desk while I am working. 

Here are 5 simple lunches that your kids can make for themselves:

1. Homemade Lunchables:
My kids love Lunchables (GROSS) they are like some kind of treat or something. How about making your own? I like to get lunchmeat sliced thick at the deli and sliced cheese. You can use circle cookie cutters or you can just slice them into squares. You can do this ahead of time to cut down on prep time or have an older child handle this. Then they can just assemble their own mini lunchables with cheese, meat/pepperonis and their choice of crackers. They really enjoy doing this.

2. Warm Cheese Roll Ups
Here is another super easy lunch! All you need is a fajita sized tortilla and shredded cheese. Sprinkle cheese on tortilla and microwave for 30-45 seconds. Be careful it will be hot! When it cools off roll up and dip in sourcream or ranch dressing! Older kids could make cheese quesadillas over the stove. We like to use leftover steak and chicken in those too!

3. Lunchmeat and Cheese Roll Ups
My girls age 9, 6 and 3 love to make these! They make them in a little assembly line sometimes. Take a slice of lunchmeat and lay a slice of cheese or a half of a string cheese and roll it up! Secure with a toothpick. 

4. Cream Cheese and Cucumber Wraps or Sandwiches
This is another fun one. We grow cucumbers in the summer here and always have an endless supply. They are a favorite veggie! I like to buy whipped cream cheese because it is a lot easier for little ones to spread. Spread cream cheese on a tortilla, wrap, pita or bread. Slice cucumbers and lay on top of cream cheese. Roll up your wrap and cut in half or cut your sandwich into little squares.
These are our favorite knives for safety and ease of use. 

5. Classic PB&J
Well this is easy enough. We have even made them in tortillas when we were out of bread! You can use a cookie cutter to make your sandwich into a fun shape or you can turn it into an “uncrustable” with this fun Pocket Sandwich Maker.

I like to stock up on paper plates for lunch time. That way their are no dishes to wash in the middle of the day. I always try to have apples, pears, bananas, clementine oranges and baby carrots available to go with their lunch. Very easy to grab and go with zero prep!

We love using the DIY Lunch Station to cook together and prep for easy lunches that my kids can make themselves! 
DIY Lunch Station: The Ultimate Lunch Solution

Written by Sarah

Sarah

Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Granola Mama to 4 children ages 16-5. She is a Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for 13 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, Coffee and Green Smoothies!

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