100 Kids Healthy Lunch Ideas

Ever feel like after a few weeks into the school year, suddenly your enthusiasm for making lunches wanes?  I start off, full of good intentions and enthusiasm and after a week or two I am back to vegemite sandwiches and a yoghurt.  With two lunches to make this year, and a picky eater, I decided to make a list of ideas for their bento style lunch boxes, to offer variety, inspire me and to hopefully introduce some new items into their food repotoire!

I have written before about how I plan the kids lunches.  Using our lunchbox planner, I I make sure they have a variety of Protein, Calcium, Grains and Fruit and Veg.  I have used this same format to record my ideas in a table.  

Every school has it’s own food requirements and restrictions especially when it comes to nuts, eggs and dairy so check your schools handbook before packing lunch. 

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 I am printing this out, laminating it and attaching it to the inside of my pantry.

You could even use a whiteboard marker to cross of foods they have had that week or to highlight some form each list that you know will be a winner! 

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Feel free to share the lunchbox love with your friends! 

2013 – My Christmas Elf – Day 4 – Lunchbox Laughs

Part of the reason we start our Elf so early in the year, is that we finish school so early in the year!  Private schools in Queensland finish the last week of NOVEMBER! I love for the kids to be able to share the joy and magic of the elves with their classmates and teacher, so we start on the 25th of November.

One of the ways I love to spice up the last week of school, is by having the elf make a mark on the school lunch!  

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Holly Jingles had gotten into the biscuits, whilst Trixie had the Vegemite! 

The Clue Card read…….

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This leaves it open for you!  You could just pop a “Lunch Box Laugh” card into your childs lunch box. (See Below for FREE Printable)

Or add a sweet treat – We added Marshmallows, but you could add a Christmas biscuit, pretzel, or chocolate.

Or even add your own little note from the Elf! 


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It also includes two blank cards for you to write your own joke, riddle or Love Letter.


2013 – My Christmas Elf – Day 3 – Passport Photo

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Looks like Holly was trying to send Trixie HOME!

Using this cute Mail Box form The Reject Shop the elves found a new place to hide!

But elves don’t travel by mail!  They need a passport and we have to make one for them!

For today’s activity, we created a passport for each Elf.  We took a photo of them and printed it out, cut and pasted it on to the template and then filled out the questions!  So how old are Elves?  Where were they born?  There were some interesting answers!

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 There is also a blank sheet included in the Printable if you want to use it to write a story about The Elf’s Journey From the North Pole to your home! 

For additional ideas on how to extend the talking and learning for this activity check out last year’s post HERE.

The Elf Antic Planner

Preparations for a special little elf’s arrival are well under way in our house.  The key to maintaining the Elf’s presence for such a long period of time is to be prepared!

To start our adventure, I created an Elf Antic Planner.  

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This planner has three columns.  

The Idea or Antic

The first column is a space in which to write your idea or antic.  There is room to add two lines of text so underneath I make note of anything specific to that activity.  For e.g Under Train Trouble I jotted in that this needs to be on the day we have booked to go to SantaLand. An Antic can be as simple as a funny place the elf is hiding or as complicated as a whole days worth of activities planned!

The Date

This is completely optional.  We do the “Elf On The Shelf” a little differently in our house.   Each day his antic gives us  a clue to that days’s events.  For example if he has made a mess in the kitchen and is hiding in the flour tin, that day we are doing some baking!  For this reason some antics are flexible with their dates and others we need to do on certain days as I have pre-booked activities.  If you are looking for some great Christmas Activities, check out the following places

  • Your Local Council
  • The Local Library
  • Shopping Centres
  • Museum/Art Galleries
  • Newspapers
  • School Newsletter
  • Hardware Stores (Bunnings/Masters/Mitre 10)
  • Fabric/Craft Stores (Spotlight/Lincraft)
  • Department Stores (Big W/Target/Kmart/Myer/David Jones)

This is where I tell you…..THESE ACTIVITIES ARE FREE!!!!  I do not go to any activities that I have to pay for!  Christmas for us is about the experience and enjoying our holidays together not paying for extravagant outings! NOTE: BOOK NOW.  The best activities require bookings as the numbers in each group are limited.  Although the age range of some activities excludes smaller children, if you ask they often let them participate as long as the parent stays to assist. 


All the ideas planned on paper is great but you will need some props to really bring out the Elf fun!  This could simply be a bag of marshmallows for the elf to bathe in or things you already have at home!  Use what you have first!!!  Check the pantry and playroom!  You will be amazed at the ideas it gives you!  I do BUY a few “Christmas” themed props BUT…..My budget for each prop is $2.  Yep $2.  The only thing I spent more than $2 on was some advent calendars, they were $3!!!!  Check out the discount stores, grocery stores and department stores for some great Christmas themed items.  If all else fails buy a big packet of Christmas stickers!  A christmas sticker can make anything seem Christmassy!  Some great props to have on hand are;

  • Marshmallows
  • Cookie Cutters
  • Stamps
  • Pencils/Paper
  • Printer Ink!!!!
  • A box to keep everything in!


I personally like to print it out and write directly on it as I am constantly chopping and changing my ideas! I keep it hidden in my planner!  I like to take it out and about with me as it stops from me overspending.  I am a Christmas addict and I could seriously buy everything that has a reindeer on it.  But if it’s not on my list, I don’t buy it. Unless of course I know that the kids will love it, and I will use it for years to come (like a cute mailbox I found!) so I chop and change ideas on my planner.

Here it is, it’s nothing fancy but it works and it’s free!

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Meal Planning Monday

I have said it before, but I will say it again…..meal planning has saved our life!  We are saving time, money, frustration, disorganisation and the forever 5pm question of what are we having for dinner?

With that said…..here is the weeks meal plan!

If that sounds good to you…feel free to download and print it HERE!

For many more inspirational meal ideas check out who else is linking up with…

The Organised Housewife

Plan and Prepare for….CHRISTMAS!

Christmas is coming!  Well almost. The countdown has well and truly begun in this household!  Being a teacher Christmas preparations always begin early as I spend Term 4 with my class learning about Christmas round the world, the Nativity and all things red, green, glittery and joyous.

In case you have been hiding under a rock, or perhaps you are new to “My Pigeon Pair” I am an obsessive organiser (maybe it was those years as a Girl Guide reciting the motto Be Prepared?).  Christmas is no different.  So let the preparations begin!  We alternate Christmas’s between home (My Husbands family) and Away (My Family).  This year it is my turn!!!  So although I do not need to prepare the food (I am sure I will help out!) There are still a million thigs to do.  I have broken up my tasks into fortnightly groups.

Here is my first fortnightly list.

October 3-17

  1. Print off Christmas Planner and start filling it in.
  2. Search online for kids matching Christmas Outfits.
  3. Finalise Kids present list. – Ok so I haven’t started!
  4. Start list for presents that need to be sent.
  5. Book Accommodation for trip.

The first time on this list, is the MOST IMPORTANT.

The Christmas Planner.

The Organised Housewife ~ Christmas Planner ~ $9.95

This is the one non negotiable.  Remember my folders in our family Organisation Station?  It is the same concept but all about CHRISTMAS!  This year I am using the sensational “Organised Housewife’s Christmas Planner” 

It contains…….

  • Calendars for October-December
  • Weekly Planner
  • Guest List
  • Gift Checklists
  • Letter to Santa
  • To Do Lists
  • Budget Tables
  • Travel Itinerary
  • Baking and Cooking

The list goes on and on….there are over 40 pages!  

Over the coming weeks I will show you more about how I use my planner but to start, just buy it, print it and assemble it.  You will feel organized and accomplished already! 

To purchase the planner just click on the cute flashing ad in my right sidebar.

So what are your first steps when planning for Christmas?

Visit The Organised Housewife for all the details!