It’s that time of year again! As your little one prepares to start school for the first time, or head back to school after six weeks off, getting everything sorted can feel like an endless job. Now you’ve got your mind round packed lunches, why not find a lunchbox your little one will love? We’ve done our homework (so you don’t have to) and hand-selected our favourites here.
This cute, easy to wipe owl lunch bag is bound to make your little one look forward to lunchtime. Designed in Australia, we love the 3D ears and the insulated bottle holder that will help keep your tot’s water cold till lunchtime.
With a 3D face and a handy bottle holder, Minnie is the perfect lunchtime companion with this bag. We love the handy zipped closure, which means your little one’s lunch will stay safe, no matter how many times it’s dropped!
This super cute bag comes in a number of different friendly animals your tot is bound to love. With a clever three-way design, the bag can easily be converted into a backpack or shoulder bag for ease. We love the eye-catching designs and the extra padding, to keep those snacks safe.
The lunchbox we all wish we had at primary school (who remembers that Barbie plastic box?) this Skip Hop bag is perfect for your little monkey! We particularly love the 3D ears and banana toggle.
If you’ve got a Paw Patrol fan on your hands, this is the lunchtime bundle you need! The lunch bag comes complete with sandwich box and drinking bottle, in both pink and blue.
Complete with 3D teeth, what could be cooler than carrying your sandwiches in a hungry crocodile? We love the little handle and the handy name and address label on the back – perfect if you’ve got a forgetful toddler!
Whilst we’re on the animal theme, how about this cheaper option by George at Asda? Designed with an insulated interior to keep food fresh till lunch, your little one will love spending their lunch break with this cool looking zebra!
This one is cute enough for you to use as a cool bag before your tot is old enough to take it to nursery. With an insulated lining, this is surprisingly roomy, yet light enough to fold away when the snacks are gone!
The perfect option for all Hello Kitty fans, we love the pink easy-carry removable handle, the 3D bow and the cute matching water bottle and snack boxes.
This cute lunchbag from Joules is perfect for your hungry tot at lunchtime. The cute bear print is made in a wipe-clean material, with a compact lunch box inside. We love the little handle and the easy access opening.
Because we all know how much Peppa and George love visiting Granny and Grandpa Pig’s house for lunch! The perfect choice for your little Peppa fan, this cute lunch bag has an easy-to-carry handle and a wipe clean lining.
Last but not least, we love this 3D lunchbox – perfect for your little monster! With a bright blue design your little one will be able to spot this easily, and the M&S easy clean promise means you’ll be able to mop up the messiest of lunches.
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Now you’ve got the lunchbox, why not get some fun ideas with how to fill it? Sandwich sushi anyone…
Mini energy balls
Who said energy balls had to be just be for those Instagram health bloggers? Packed with goodness, these mini energy balls
by Annabel Karmel are perfect for little tummies. Taking just 20 minutes to prepare, however big the batch might seem at the time, they won’t be around for long.
Packed with oats, flapjacks are a great energy boost to add to your little one’s lunchbox. Why not try making your own (and save money on the shop bought variety)? These superseed flapjacks
are quick and easy to make (and even quicker to disappear!)
A great option for little tummies, get creative with sweet or savory mini muffins for your tot. They’re bound to love these ruby red mini muffins
by the team at Ella’s Kitchen, made from beetroot and feta, or try spinach and cheese for a more classic muffin.
Cranberry and Hazelnut oat cookies
Another healthy alternative to sugary snacks, why not add some homemade cookies to your tot’s lunchbox? These cranberry and hazenut oat cookies
are super easy to make (depending on the nursery school rules, you might want to bake without the hazelnuts). What’s more, why not get your little one in the kitchen with you and bake these at the weekend?
Mini cheese and potato frittatas
Leftovers can work well in your toddler’s lunchbox now and again, especially if it can be served cold. Go for foods such as quiche or frittata as they can be cut into slices and wrapped in a cling film or foil. This mini cheese and potato frittata recipe
is a great option to try for lunch and dinner.
Pesto rice salad
If your toddler loves cheese as much as you do, why not try a cold pesto rice salad
. A good leftover option to make a change from sandwiches, either make your own pesto or add a shop bought variety.
A quick and easy way to make sandwiches more fun, use a cookie cutter
to create cute shapes. Whether it’s a dog or a butterfly, keep your little one guessing and make lunchtime a surprise!
Another leftover favourite, your little one is bound to love these bite sized sweetcorn fritters
. Suitable from six months, they are also a good option if you’re looking for different baby-led weaning ideas.