DIY lunch chart

Whether you are ready or not, it’s officially back-to-school time! As if trying to get your kids out of bed and dressed isn’t hard enough, you also have to face the battle of getting them excited to eat what you’ve packed for lunch. Instead of a fight every morning (or shelling out the money for less than healthy school lunch fare), make this easy DIY lunch chart and have your kids pick what they want!


This project is as easy as it gets. All you need to do is print this calendar (or one similar, like this one from Martha Stewart), place it in a frame and grab a dry erase marker! Really, it’s that easy. Now choosing lunch items for your kids is less of a chore and battle and more fun!


DIY printable lunch calendar

Click here to download!

What you’ll need: 

  • 8 x 11-inch frame
  • Printable calendar
  • Dry erase marker
  • Eraser
  • Full-size magnet sheets (if you’d prefer magnets)

Step 1: Print calendar

Simply print this calendar in color from your nearby printer.

Print calendar

If you want to make this a magnetic calendar, simply print it on a full-size magnet sheet.

Step 2: Place calendar in frame

Remove the glass front of the frame and slide the calendar in.

Put calendar in frame

If you need to, cut out the white edges from your print so it fits perfectly in the frame.


Slide the glass over it so you can easily write on it.


If you go the magnetic route, leave the glass off the frame so you can attach magnets.

Step 3: Write your lunch choices

Simply have your kids write out what they want for lunch, and you’re done!

Easy as that! If you chose to use magnets, simply type up the lunch choices on colored boxes and then print out on a full-size magnet sheet. Cut into squares, and you’re done!

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