75 School lunch box ideas and free printable for the fridge

75 School Lunch Box Ideas + Free Printable

As a parent of school-age children, one thing that becomes apparent pretty early on is that packing lunch boxes can be a tedious task. Especially when it comes to keeping the contents varied and interesting for picky eaters! It doesn’t take long to start running out of school lunch box ideas!

Most schools are pretty strict these days about the types of foods that are allowed to make up children’s lunch boxes and that adds a whole new challenge – food type restrictions, dietary restrictions. It can add a whole extra element of stress to an already hectic lifestyle!

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75 SCHOOL LUNCH BOX IDEAS

When my daughter first started school last year I was definitely feeling the pressure, so pretty early on I set about creating a list of school lunch box ideas that I could refer to for quick reference throughout the school year. This list has grown as new school lunch box ideas are found (thank you Pinterest) and definitely keeps this process simple in our household.

I also have some great school lunch box recipes to help you with even more options!

My daughter’s primary school does not allow eggs or nuts as part of their lunch boxes and that was meant I had to come up with a few new ideas for the main portion of her lunch since boiled eggs were a popular request during her kindergarten year last year. I have left the egg-related items on the list though, as not all schools have an egg restriction.

And to make it easy for you, I have created a FREE PRINTABLE school lunch box ideas for you to stick on the fridge!! Click the banner to get yours!

Healthy school lunch box ideas

Check out below my school lunch box ideas list so you can start putting together lunches like super mum (or dad) as well:

  • Sandwiches
  • Wrap
  • Scroll – try these air fryer pizza scrolls
  • Savory muffin
  • Dry cereal
  • Pizza
  • Pita bread
  • Pancakes
  • Quesadilla
  • Sausage roll
  • Waffles
  • Sushi
  • Mini quiche
  • English muffin
  • Taco boat
  • Cold pasta
  • Baked beans
  • Banana bread
  • Potato loaf
  • Pretzels
  • Popcorn
  • Cheerios
  • Energy/bliss balls
  • Rice crackers
  • Bagel
  • Tortilla chips
  • Naan bread
  • Couscous
  • Fried rice
  • Oat cookies
  • Muesli bar
  • Sausage
  • Nuggets
  • Kabobs
  • Diced chicken
  • Meatballs
  • Ham slices
  • Tofu cubes
  • Lunch meat roll ups
  • Tuna
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Cheese stick
  • Boiled egg
  • Yoghurt
  • Berries
  • Carrot sticks
  • Nectarine
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Sultanas
  • Watermelon
  • Grapes
  • Crunchy peas
  • Celery
  • Snow peas
  • Fruit puree pouch
  • Melon balls
  • Kiwi fruit
  • Orange slices
  • Mandarin
  • Zucchini patties
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Corn
  • Pear
  • Peach
  • Plum
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Olives
  • Fruit jelly
  • Dried fruit
  • Fruit roll ups
  • Hummus with veggie sticks
  • Potato salad
  • Pickles

There is one extra tip I have for minimising school lunch stress. My daughter has 2 lunch boxes on rotation so on a Sunday night, i will make 2 lunches and that means I am usually always a day ahead in case we have a busy evening. It also minimises the before-school rush too!

Find more tips on how to simplify your before school routine here.

These are some of our favourite lunch box recipes:

Do you have any lunch box hacks to share? Comment below as I’d love to hear them!  And share this post to Pinterest via the image below! Be sure to follow me on Facebook or YouTube for more school lunch food ideas like these!

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7 thoughts on “75 School Lunch Box Ideas + Free Printable”

    1. Oh yes, my kids are beyond fussy! In fact this weeks favourite is dried strawberries that we got in a pack from the supermarket. I just got some fresh ones for her lunch but nope, she wants dried. Now I need to figure out how to do that haha Kids!!!

  1. I love the idea of having two lunch boxes on rotation. My youngest starts school next year and I’m thinking that might be something good to do so I’m not having to make lunches for 2 kids every single night!
    #teamIBOT

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