When it comes to creative lunch ideas for kids, I’m stumped. I don’t have a bunch of Pinterest-worthy original lunch ideas for school or camp, but I win at coming up with easy lunch ideas for kids. I love to cook and bake, but putting together creative lunches on a daily basis can be quite the challenge, especially before having that second cup of coffee!

A healthy lunch for kids is crucial to their learning and physical activity, but it doesn’t have to look like a piece of art. Some little ones need incentive to eat their carrots and broccoli, and that’s ok if you love to play with food with shapes and cookie cutters to entice your child. I know how that is – I went through the picky eater phase twice and survived, thank you very much.

How to Make Kids Lunches Easier, Please!   

Luckily my kids are of the age where they’ll eat whatever I pack them for lunch. Unless it’s fish sticks. I don’t need to pack them anything too fancy – just simple, healthy, and wholesome food, and lots of it. My boys are getting to be big eaters, especially my eldest.

Since my kids love to eat a variety of foods for school snack and lunch, I pack their lunches in reusable containers, throw an ice pack into their lunch box and off they go. The Rubbermaid LunchBlox® makes packing my kids’ lunches a snap.  Here I made an organic nitrate-free ham with avocado sandwich, organic cherry tomato and carrot sticks, and honey pretzels and cheddar cheese.

How to Make Kids Lunches Easier, Please!   

How to Make Kids Lunches Easier, Please!   

The Rubbermaid LunchBlox® Sandwich kit comes with a sandwich container and two smaller containers that are perfect for sides such as vegetables and fruit. The kit all snaps together around a freezable blue ice pack that keeps all of your food items cool and fresh for up to four hours.

The LunchBlox® system help lunches save space and stay organized in a lunch bag. Because each container has its own lid, you can pack a fruit salad or yogurt in one container, and cheese and crackers in the other container, in addition to the sandwich container, keeping all cool because of the ice pack in the middle.

How to Make Kids Lunches Easier, Please!   

The containers are durable and leak-proof, as well as microwave, dishwasher and freezer safe. More importantly, the LunchBlox® is BPA Free – I won’t buy plastic containers that are not BPA free. The containers stack nicely in the cabinet when not in use and are great for organizing in the refrigerator.

Better Lunch in a Snap! Rubbermaid LunchBlox® makes packing lunch easier than ever. Modular containers are perfectly portioned and snap together to stay organized in kids’ lunch bags. Rubbermaid.com


Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Newell Rubbermaid Inc via Mode Media Canada. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Newell Rubbermaid Inc.


How to Make Kids Lunches Easier, Please!   


Maria Lianos-Carbone is the author of “Oh Baby! A Mom’s Self-Care Survival Guide for the First Year”, and publisher of amotherworld.com, a leading lifestyle blog for women.


  1. Annemarie LeBlanc Reply

    Rubbermaid makes functional and durable products! I love this idea of having a freezable ice pack. It helps keep our kids’ lunches cool and limits the growth of bacteria. Less worry for us moms.

  2. Robin (Masshole Mommy) Reply

    We have a set of Lunch Blox and I love them. They definitely do make things easier when it comes to packing lunches.

  3. I am using other brand for my son’s lunchbox but Rubbermaid made it much cooler and colorfull. I do not know how to bento that’s why its important for me to have a colorful and cool lunchbox and also a healthy lunch for my kids! Thanks for sharing hope we have that here.

  4. Jaime Nicole Reply

    I think my daughter would really enjoy these fun colors, and they are certainly more durable (and sustainable) than plastic baggies! I also like that there is an ice pack – so important for warm fall and spring weather!

  5. We have two sets of the The Rubbermaid LunchBlox and I love them!

  6. We have rubbermaid products at home too! They are a tried and tested product that keeps our food warm and safe!

  7. This post was right on time. My oldest son has decided that he wants to take lunch from home this school year instead of eating what is served at the cafe. I hope this switch will make it cheaper because school lunches are expensive.

  8. What a great idea for school lunches My son and his wife pack too, so I know even they would use these.

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