At this time of the year, I am positive all of your social feeds are flooded with Back to School this… and Back to School that. This Lunch Box Creation Station is going to rate pretty high on your list….
I have to admit there are some pretty creative momma’s out there!
Kuddos to you!
This idea is definitely going to be one you save and put to use. If you are a lunch packer that is… If not, you may start packing lunches when you see how easy this Lunch Box Creation Station is going to make packing lunches every day.
The Lunch Box Creation Station is going to free up time in the morning or evening, whichever time you have designated to pack those lunches! It will start getting everyone involved and relieve you of some responsibilities. Who doesn’t love that idea???
The idea behind The Lunch Box Creation Station is to organize all of the items that need to go in those lunch boxes, but also still giving them choices to make. It lets the kids get involved and learn responsibility. Everything they need to be successful with this will be in one convenient location, its just a matter of organizing it just right, which is where I come in!
By clearing out a lower cabinet and dedicating it to a Lunch Box Creation Station with lunch box containers, water bottles, packaged crackers and snacks, you will have everything in reach for the kids to pack the majority of their OWN lunches and snacks by themselves…Read on for my steps to empowering your kids to make their own lunches with the help of a Lunch Box Creation Station! Now let’s get organizing!
Pick a Lower Cabinet
I realized one of the biggest barriers to setting up the Lunch Box Creation Station, and having the kids help make their own lunch and snacks was that most of the food they needed was out of reach – either high up in the pantry or in the fridge. The rest of the supplies they needed, like their lunch box containers and storage cups were scattered across several cabinets. I decided to clear out a cabinet that previously held an assorted amount of things. This was the perfect time to clean out the cabinets, get rid of a bunch of items we did not need anymore, and just get them organized. Having a dedicated space was a huge step towards making lunches easier (and more fun) for the kids.
Gather all the Lunch Boxes
Previously, the lunch boxes were at the bottom of the pantry and the water bottles were in an upper cabinet, and the storage containers in another cabinet. Having them all on one shelf in the same cabinet makes it so much easier to find what we need. To help keep them together, use some colorful plastic bins from the local dollar store. They come in assorted shapes, sizes, and colors. Great for organizing anything! I shared some ideas for them in Cheap Organizing Ideas (if you haven’t seen them, go check it out now). I find that the bins help keep everything from getting lost and becoming a kaotic mess on the shelves. The kids can just pull out a bin and get what they need.
Sort out the Snacks
Each day they are supposed to bring a healthy morning snack for school. For us, that means a lot of cracker packs! I created a bin for individually packaged crackers, another bin for larger boxes of snacks, and one dedicated to applesauce, which they go through a lot of! Determine what the right groupings are for you and give each its own bin with a label, these chalkboard labels work great from Amazon!
Re-Organize the Fridge
Of course, you can only store items that do not need to be refrigerated in your Lunch Box Creation Station, so you might want to think about how to make refrigerator items more accessible for younger kids to reach. Make sure they can grab deli meat and cheese from a bottom drawer in the fridge, along with fruit and veggies. You may still need to help them with any cutting, but they can at least look for what they want and grab it themselves.
The only thing left to do is sit down and come up with a list, something so the kids know exactly what to pack. 1 sandwhich, 1 fruit, 1 snack, 1 drink, etc… This part will be entirely up to you. Nobody knows your child’s eating habits better than you! Make sure you are consistent with the time you want to put lunches together, so that they get into a routine.
What do you think? Is this something you could use around your house on a busy morning??