Are you tired of coming up with easy toddler lunch ideas for daycare? I have two little ones and we are already running around like crazy in the mornings before preschool/daycare – we don’t need the added stress of trying to come up with what to pack in their lunchbox!

After numerous stressful mornings trying to pull together a semi-decent and healthy lunch for my kids, I decided enough was enough and I was going to eliminate the extra thinking (and decision fatigue) in the mornings. I created a master list of all the school lunch ideas to choose from. No more frantic searching of the refrigerator and pantry to come up with ideas of what to pack! We simply refer to the printable checklist of easy and quick lunchbox ideas, and in no time have a complete, healthy meal to send them off to school!

A complete list of school lunch ideas for kids! (Even for the picky eater!) Read more for quick and easy ideas on what to pack for lunch for preschool or daycare. Includes cold (no heat) lunches, hot and thermos lunches, sandwich and non-sandwich options, and healthy vegetarian lunches. Download your free printable list of lunchbox ideas filled with fun, simple, and yummy lunch ideas that toddlers will actually eat! The best toddler lunch ideas for daycare. #toddlers #backtoschool #lunchbox
Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. I may earn money or products from any of the companies mentioned in this post. Purchasing through an affiliate link comes at no extra cost to you. Note that my recommendations are included because I think they are they are helpful and useful, not because of commissions I make if you decide to buy something.

EXCLUSIVE FOR SUBSCRIBERS! Access your free printable PDF toddler/child lunch ideas checklist. (As well as access to the Jac of All Things Resource Library for FREE! Simply enter your email address below and it will be sent to you immediately. You will receive a weekly email with the latest posts added to Jac of All Things, as well as a weekly “Did you know” tidbit of information or life hack to make your life easier! To receive this amazingly awesome information and email notifications of new posts, simply provide your email address below. By using this form you agree with this site’s privacy policy.


What to pack?

As my daughters are toddlers and in preschool and daycare, they can bring in either hot or cold lunches and their teachers will heat it up for them (if needed.) But, if they bring a lunch to be heated, they need to wait while their friends are eating, so we try to not always rely on hot lunches. (And, when they start kindergarten, they will not have the luxury of hot lunches anymore!)

They typically will get one main meal, three to four snacks, and a drink. The list below separates each food by category (main meals (including both hot and cold; sandwiches and non-sandwiches), dairy, fruit and vegetables, other snacks, and desserts. You can pick and choose from the list to fit your child best.


Lunch Ideas – Main Meals (Sandwich and Non-Sandwich Options)

Bagel and cream cheese

Cheese and crackers

Chicken nuggets

Chicken salad sandwich

Chicken soup

Chili

Deli meat and cheese roll ups

Deli meat and cheese sandwich

Dr. Praeger’s Spinach Littles

Egg salad/Egg salad sandwich

Eggs in a wrap

Grilled cheese sandwich

Hard-boiled eggs

Homemade “hot pockets”

Mac and cheese

Make your own pizzas (crackers, sauce, cheese)

Meatballs and pasta

Meatballs and BBQ sauce (frozen meatballs, cooked and covered in BBQ sauce and cheese)

Pasta and butter

Pasta and meatballs

Pasta salad (pasta and Italian dressing)

Pita bread with hummus, cucumbers, and tomatoes

Quesadilla (cheese, chicken and cheese, or beans and cheese)

Quinoa salad (quinoa, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers)

Ravioli

Sun butter and jelly sandwich (or Peanut Butter if your school allows)

Tacos (chicken or beef, beans, cheese, guacamole, salsa)

Tomato soup

Tortellini

Tuna salad

Veggie burgers

Waffle with cream cheese and jelly




Lunch Ideas – Fruits and Vegetables

Apple sauce

Apples

Avocado

Baby carrots (and ranch)

Bananas

Beans

Clementine

Cucumbers

Dried fruit

Edamame

Frozen smoothies

Fruit cup

Grapes (cut the long way)

Hummus

Kiwi

Melons

Peaches

Pineapple

Pouches

Raisins

Raspberries

Red pepper slices

Sliced oranges

Snap Peas

Strawberries

Sweet potato

Watermelon




Lunch Ideas – Snacks and Treats

Cheese

Cheese sticks

Chocolate chips

Fig bar

Fruit snacks

Goldfish/Cheddar Bunnies

Graham crackers (and cream cheese)

Granola

Granola Bars/ LaraBars/Cliff Bars

Honey Grahams

Muffins

Oreos

Pirates booty

Popcorn

Pretzels

Pudding

Rice cakes

Tortilla chips

Trail mix

Veggie sticks

Yogurt (containers, tubes, pouches)


Helpful Supplies for School Lunches

Fun Sandwich Cutters

Bring some fun to your lunches with these fun sandwich cutters. (In full transparency, I actually sell these on Amazon under the brand name Sweet Honey Bee and Me.) With two young children, and my husband who is a pediatric feeding therapist, we frequently have to get creative around mealtime to encourage eating. These fun shaped sandwich cutters make mealtime so much easier. Not only are they fun for the children and encourage imaginary play, but they can be used to facilitate language and encourage trying new foods for the picky eater. (And they are good for non-sandwich options too; from waffles to pancakes to watermelon!)

Lunchbox and Ice Packs


Thermos for Soup or Pasta

Silicone Popsicle Molds (for homemade frozen smoothies)

Water Bottles



Free Printable – Easy Toddler Lunch Ideas for Daycare

Don’t forget to grab your free printable with all of these ideas outlined in one list. Keep it in your pantry or tape to the back of your cabinet for easy access! (As a reminder, this is exclusive for subscribers!)  You will also receive access to the Jac of All Things Resource Library for FREE! Simply enter your email address below and it will be sent to you immediately. You will receive a weekly email with the latest posts added to Jac of All Things, as well as a weekly “Did you know” tidbit of information or life hack to make your life easier! To receive this amazingly awesome information and email notifications of new posts, simply provide your email address below. By using this form you agree with this site’s privacy policy.


Do you have any other toddler lunch ideas for daycare that you’d like to share? Please do so in the comments.

Tons of school lunch ideas! Perfect for the picky child! Includes lots of healthy options for children and toddlers as well for school. Just what you need for back to school lunches! #schoollunch #backtoschool #lunchideasA complete list of school lunch ideas for kids! (Even for the picky eater!) Read more for quick and easy ideas on what to pack for lunch for preschool or daycare. Includes cold (no heat) lunches, hot and thermos lunches, sandwich and non-sandwich options, and healthy vegetarian lunches. Download your free printable list of lunchbox ideas filled with fun, simple, and yummy lunch ideas that toddlers will actually eat! The best toddler lunch ideas for daycare. #toddlers #backtoschool #lunchboxA complete list of school lunch ideas for kids! (Even for the picky eater!) Read more for quick and easy ideas on what to pack for lunch for preschool or daycare. Includes cold (no heat) lunches, hot and thermos lunches, sandwich and non-sandwich options, and healthy vegetarian lunches. Download your free printable list of lunchbox ideas filled with fun, simple, and yummy lunch ideas that toddlers will actually eat! The best toddler lunch ideas for daycare. #toddlers #backtoschool #lunchbox

0 Comments

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Questions to Ask When Choosing a Daycare - Free Checklist for Choosing a Daycare | Jac of All Things - […] Easy Toddler Lunch Ideas for Daycare […]

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.