There is no one answer for that question. All children are different but remember what is a fantastic lunch at home is not always the best for school.
One of the questions parents ask is… How can make my child’s school lunch something that my child enjoys, is able to manage and is nutritious?
Ask your child what they like to eat… there is no use giving your child a lunch which they will throw into the bin when no one is looking. Schools try to support parents to ensure that they eat what is in their lunchbox, but as we know some part of the lunchbox don’t make it out of the bag and disposed of later.
Make the lunch something will withstand the rough and tumble of the school bag… nothing is worse than the sandwich which has been squashed under the latest project or favourite book.
Choose a lunch that is manageable by your child. This will depend on your child’s age and ability to manage multiple containers. Remember, school lunch is not always eaten at table. You child may have the most beautiful table manners at home but at school they may be trying to balance the food on their lap, or on the ground in the playground. They may also talking with their friends, throwing a basketball or chasing a friend.
Containers which are difficult to open cause children stress. They spend lots of time trying to open them. Sometimes even teachers struggle to open lids which have formed a vacuum seal from the heat of the food inside. If you are giving your child a new treat for their lunch show them at home how to open the packaging, it can be very tricky for little fingers. Offer it your child as an afternoon snack; you will see if your child likes it and you can help your child learn to open the treat.
Part of the balancing act, around lunch and snacks, is to provide your child with enough food to sustain them during the day and not give them so much that they miss out on playtime. Regularly teachers see young children sitting for their entire break time eating through amazing rolls or delicious cooked meals. But lunch time is a vital time for your child to socialise and as they get older they will ditch the lunch in favour of playing with their friends.
Check with your child after a few days of a new lunch menu how much time they spent eating. Ask your child “Did you get lots of time to play today?” if the answer is no, then maybe their lunch is too big.
There are lots of sites and recipes which can provide you fantastic options for the lunch box. Remember keep it simple, fresh, easy to eat and something you child will look forward to at lunchtime.