Woodentots, like many nurseries ask you to provide your child with a packed lunch. Here are a few bullet points which are most helpful from a nursery point of view, as well as ideas to promote your child’s independence, helping to make eating an enjoyable social experience.
Look for an easy to open, insulated type lunch bag and provide an ice pack to keep lunches as fresh as possible.
Clearly name your child’s lunch bag, adding a ribbon tied around the handle or a sticker, can help them to identify their lunch bag.
Provide a water bottle – cartons of juice are not necessary.
Containers with compartments are great for little offerings and variety, name all containers – you can buy stickers from
www.mynametags.co.uk or keep a permanent marker pen in the kitchen drawer for ease to quickly name containers.
Food flasks are a great way to offer warm foods such as soup, pasta and risotto.
Containers are washable and more environmentally friendly, tin foil is particularly bad for fruit as the acids react.
Cling film is tricky to open, and most household recycling collections will not take it. Where possible use greaseproof paper.
Look for containers with compartments, or small ones to put foods in to offer choices to your child. Children are often put off their lunches if presented with a large volume of one food.
‘Thermos’ make good quality food flasks. Kangovou make stainless steel containers with compartments – both available from Amazon.
Some Ideas for Small Portions
• Pot of hummus/guacamole – dips
• Raw vegetables to dip – carrots, cucumber, celery, cherry tomatoes, peppers etc…
• Grated cheese of different types or small chunks.
• Grated carrot with lemon and olive oil.
• Slithers of cold meats – chicken, salami, ham, sausages…
• Slithers of cold fish – salmon, smoked mackerel…
• Tinned fish is always a good cupboard standby.
• Cooked ½ corn on the cob.
• Half an avocado – to eat with a spoon.
• Cooked cold vegetables.
• Cut up omelette/tortilla.
• Hash browns/potato cakes.
• Boiled eggs – hens and quails.
• Fruit, cut and prepared – half grapes, soft and hard fruits, melon balls, make mini fruit kebabs.