47 School Lunch Ideas

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Whether you're looking to send the kids to school with a lunch that is healthy, creative, inexpensive, or all three, we have dozens of ideas that will make you and your kids want to brown bag it every day.

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  • PB & J Blossom Sandwiches

    PB & J Blossom Sandwiches

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    Average rating of 4.5/5. (5 Ratings)

    A smile will bloom when your child sees this novel approach to the classic sandwich.

  • <i>Toy Story</i> Green Alien Bento Box

    Toy Story Alien Bento Box

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (11 Ratings)

    Make an out-of-this-world lunch for your young Space Ranger with Toy Story alien cucumbers as a crisp centerpiece.

  • Super Sub

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (3 Ratings)

    Help your scholar refuel with a hearty sub sandwich.

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  • Vegetable Flowers with Homemade Ranch Dip

    After-School Snacks Photo Gallery

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    Average rating of 4/5. (18 Ratings)

    This collection of snacks and treats offers something for everyone.

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  • Blackboard Cupcakes

    Best School Snacks

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (17 Ratings)

    Start the school year right with these back-to-school treats! From wraps and sandwiches to cakes and cupcakes, earn high marks with these easy-to-make recipes.

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  • Face Sandwich

    Silly Face Sandwich

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    Average rating of 4/5. (6 Ratings)

    Get your kids to eat their veggies with this tasty sandwich.

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  • Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars

    Peanut Butter and Jelly Stars

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    Average rating of 4.5/5. (2 Ratings)

    These little sandwiches make the perfect finger foods for picky eaters.

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  • Cheese Roll-Ups

    Cheddar Roll-Ups

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (2 Ratings)

    A delicious snack or side dish that families love.

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  • Lunch Ahoy!

    Lunch Ahoy!

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (4 Ratings)

    This lunchtime fleet turns tuna salad into a treat that's sure to reel kids in.

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  • Curried Chicken Salad

    Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich

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    Average rating of 4/5. (4 Ratings)

    Here's a variation on chicken salad that has a bit of a kick, and a couple surprises, too -- grapes for a sweet accent and cashews for crunch.

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  • Bubbly Berries and Grapefruit

    Bubbly Berries and Grapefruit

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    Average rating of 5/5. (1 Rating)

    Sparkling cider turns this fresh fruit cup into a fizzy soda fountain-style treat. For the best results, chill all the ingredients.

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  • Fruity Frog

    Fruity Frog

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    Average rating of 3.5/5. (12 Ratings)

    This apple-phibious treat is so charming, your kids may not even notice that it's good for them.

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  • Fruit Face

    Grapefruit Gals

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    Average rating of 0/5. (0 Ratings)

    These sourpusses are a clever way to slip vitamin C into your child's diet.

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  • Flowers Made of Fruit

    Fruit Flowers

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    Average rating of 5/5. (2 Ratings)

    Invite your child to plant these "berry" delicious flowers on his or her plate.

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  • Sticks and Stones

    Sticks and Stones

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    Average rating of 5/5. (1 Rating)

    This crunchy, lunch-box-friendly snack mix is sweetened with fruit juice and brown sugar.

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