Going back to school after the long, lazy days of summer can be a tough time for kids. One way to help with that transition back to school life, is with some really fun and delicious school lunches. For your kids though, it's not just about the food, it's also about how it appears when they open that bag. To make your kids school lunch stand out, I've picked out some top-notch lunch gear that'll make school lunch exciting again.
1. Bento Boxes
This leak-proof Bentgo Kids Lunch Box (about $28) is ideal for your kids. It's microwave, and dishwasher safe and made with BPA free materials. It's durable, and tough and also comes with a 2 year warranty. Your kids will love the bright colors too. It's a firm favorite among parents on Amazon, and the perfect way to liven up your kids school lunch with lots of different compartments for snacks.
Another great option is this 5 compartment Iwotou Bento Box (about $14). It comes with a detachable container for soup/sauce and a matching spoon. It's dishwasher and microwave safe, and has a steam valve to keep food fresh, and make it easier for heating and freezing. It comes in just two colors - pink and blue.
What's nice about the Bentology Bento Box (about $19) is that all the containers are removable, making it slightly easier to clean. It comes with three lids for the containers, and all parts are dishwasher safe, except for the lids. It comes in a variety of different colors, and is made of BPA free materials.
2. Lunch Bag
This Insulated Durable Lunch Bag (about $15) comes with a sturdy carry handle, and is fully insulated. It's got a mesh pocket inside for an ice pack, and a mesh pocket on the side for a water bottle. It's made to fit a regular sized Bento box, with a little extra room for snacks in the front pocket. It comes in a variety of adorable patterns, and is great quality for the price.
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3. Water Bottle
This vacuum insulated, double wall Kleen Kantine Bottle (about $14) will keep your kids water nice and cold throughout the school day. It also keeps hot drinks like hot chocolate perfectly hot in the winter months. It comes in a variety of colors, and compared to other models, this bottle is easy to clean and look after. It's made of stainless steel and is a great long-lasting option for your kids lunch box.
4. Reusable Cutlery
This Sistema Cutlery Set ($6) comes with knife, fork, spoon and chopsticks! They come in a neat carry case, and all implements are dishwasher and microwave safe. They are BPA free, and feel very solid unlike most plastic cutlery.
5. Slim Ice Coolers
If you, like me, worry about your kids lunch getting warm on a hot day, these Slim Lunch Ice Packs (about $8) are for you. They are very small and light weight, so won't add too much bulk to your kids lunch bag, but they keep everything nice and cool. They come in a variety of colors and are BPA free.
6. Food Picks
These Japanese Animal Food Picks (about $8) are by no means an essential item, but they will make your kids lunch box a little more fun. They are useful too, as they can be used to pick up cubes of fruit or cheese without your kids fingers getting messy. They are BPA free, and come in a pack of 12 so you can have different animals for every day of the week. I promise you, they will bring a smile to your kids face when they find them in their lunchbox.
7. Silicone Baking Cups
It might seem like an odd choice, but these Reusable Silicone Baking Cups (about $6) can be a real life saver when you are trying to stuff extra things into your kids bento box. It can help you squeeze two different foods into one compartment - making everything look a lot neater, and lets you have a variety of snacks in your bento box. As they are reusable, you can wash them in the dishwasher, and use them for next time.
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