6 Cute lunch ideas for school

Sep 13, 2013 at 5:38 p.m. ET

Kids might not always be excited about heading off to school, but when they have one of these cute and creative lunches in their bags, they're sure to have a little extra motivation to inspire them to get the day started.

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Chick Wraps | Sheknows.ca

Chick wraps

Wraps make a quick, easy and nutritious lunch for kids, but they aren't necessarily all that exciting to little ones. Fortunately that won't be the case when you turn otherwise boring peanut-butter-and-jelly wraps into these adorable chick wraps created by Caren at Bento-logy. Take a peek at the rest of Caren's blog for more lunch ideas and to track down the products that help her create her clever creations.

Cookie Cutter Lunch | Sheknows.ca

Cute cookie cutters

Want to create a great lunch but don't have a lot of time to make it as special as you would like? Lisa Storms proves a simple cookie cutter can go a long way toward making your child's lunch a fun experience. A flower shape makes this salad, fruit and crouton lunch a sweet meal for your little one. But there are no limits to where you can go with this simple trick. Any cookie cutter you find can be a new opportunity to take your kid's lunch up a notch with all kinds of fun themes.

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Funny face sandwich | Sheknows.ca

Funny-face sandwich

When you're so rushed for time that throwing together a sandwich and a few snacks is all you can manage, don't despair. You can make that sandwich a surprising and entertaining treat for your child when you add a funny face just like Jill at Meet the Dubiens did. A few handy props make it easy to jazz up an otherwise simple meal in moments. Head over to her blog to check out all the adorable knick-knacks she cleverly works into her kids' lunches.

Pasta Nest | Sheknows.ca

Baby chicks in a nest

"I'm having pasta again?" is one complaint you won't hear when you turn plain old noodles into this adorable baby chicks bento box from Adventures in Bentomaking. Whether you have spaghetti Bolognese or a noodle salad from the night before that has to make it into your child's lunch, he or she won't mind it being leftovers when it comes in this cute form.

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Sandwich Kabob | Sheknows.ca

Sandwich kebabs

Whether it be Popsicles or lollipops, kids love eating food off sticks. And these sandwich kebabs made by Stephanie at Eat. Drink. Love. are a much healthier way for them to satisfy their cravings. These clever kebabs are sure to make your kids' lunches equal parts nutritious and fun.

Pirate Monkey Sandwich | Sheknows.ca

Pirate monkey sandwich

Creating themes for your kids' lunches isn't only fun for them; it's fun for you too! Need some inspiration? Check out the many clever ideas envisioned by Sherimiya at Happy Little Bento. This adorable pirate monkey sandwich, for instance, is sure to be a big hit. It proves that with minimal materials and a splash of creativity, you can make super-fun and special lunches for your little ones.

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