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Ocean-themed lunch box ideas

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Seaworthy lunches for little sailors

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Does your little sailor deserve a lunch that’s the envy of all who sail the seven seas? Putting together a themed lunch box for your little one doesn’t have to take all morning with these four fun ocean-themed lunch box ideas.

Fish themed lunch

Seaworthy lunches
for little sailors

Does your little sailor deserve a lunch that's the envy of all who sail the seven seas? Putting together a themed lunch box for your little one doesn't have to take all morning with these four fun ocean-themed lunch box ideas.

Children love lunches that have been specially-prepared for them. Fussy eaters, especially, love the excitement of a themed lunch box, so if you have a little one who loves all things seaworthy, then these ocean-inspired snacks might be just the ticket.

Gone fishing

How do you get a toddler to eat their fruit and vegetables? Let them fish for them of course!

Pack a lunch box or a snack plate with a stick of celery, some peanut butter or cream cheese, and a selection of brightly-coloured "fish" — lightly steamed carrot slices, cucumber slices, mandarin segments or small crackers all work well. Tell your youngster they need to dip their fishing rod (the celery), into their bait bucket (a small tub of peanut butter or cream cheese) to catch their fish and watch those vegetables be devoured in no-time.

Want to pack a nutritious lunch? Try these healthy finger foods >>

Sailboats

Send your little sailor off into the sunset with this tasty lunch box snack.

Simply cut an apple into quarters and top each quarter with a toothpick topped with a cheese triangle to make a healthy sailboat snack. Mix it up by using different types of cheese and fruit — a halved apricot works well with a cream cheese triangle, or get crafty with a slice of cheddar and a sliced strawberry.

Frank the octopus

Kids love frankfurters so why not pack a leggy friend into your little one's lunch box?

All you need to do is boil a frankfurter or two, then cut the bottom half into eight "legs" — the easiest way is to hold your sausage upside down and cut it into eighths just like you would a pizza. Poke two eyes into the top using a toothpick and nestle your little friend into a bed of shredded lettuce or spaghetti "seaweed".

Tropical island in a box

Bento boxes are great for getting creative with kids' lunches. If you want to go all out then why not create a tropical island holiday for your little one to enjoy during lunch?

A pot of blue jelly makes an excellent ocean — you can top it with mandarin segment "fish" or a sailboat made with your child's favourite fruit and cheese.

Sandwiches cut into star shapes make excellent starfish alongside a "seaweed" salad of shredded lettuce and cucumber ribbons. Pop some cherry tomato halves in as "fish" or cut out fish shapes from crackers or cheese to complete the ocean theme.

Fun Idea:

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