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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 recipes!

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!

School lunch box ideas printable


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 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
  • Pizza rolls
  • Savory muffin
  • Dry cereal
  • Pizza
  • Scrolls
  • Pita bread
  • Pancakes
  • Quesadilla
  • Sausage roll
  • Waffles
  • Sushi
  • Mini quiche
  • English muffin
  • Taco boat quiche
  • 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


Lunch box ideas printable list

Lunch Box Tips

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!

We use a bento-style lunch box to reduce the amount of wrapping and waste. If you need help deciding on the best lunch box options for your child, these back to school essentials will help.

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

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! Be sure to follow me on Facebook or YouTube for more school lunch food ideas like these!

Kylie Purtell

Monday 6th of August 2018

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

Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

I love the idea of making 2 lunch boxes on a Sunday night - that's genius!


Wednesday 1st of August 2018

Such a time saver!

Natalie @ Be Kind 2 You

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

With such an extensive list, how can people say, "I have no idea what to give the kids for lunch"?


Wednesday 1st of August 2018

I'm sure it will grow too... although if anyone's kids are as fussy as mine, it may make the list much smaller LOL

Vicki @ A Box Of

Tuesday 31st of July 2018

Thank you for this even though I used to have my own family food blog I am always stuck for ideas as what they liked one day doesn't mean they like it the next!


Tuesday 31st of July 2018

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!!!