31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas

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Welcome to the 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas that we’ll be doing for the month of August!

I know how busy and intense the transition from lazy summer days at the pool to adjusting back to the 6:30 am wake up calls can be…so I thought I’d help out by sharing a different lunchbox idea each day this month.

Also, I’ve created 2 free printables for you as well:

Free Printable: School Lunchbox Ideas List | 5DollarDinners.com

Complete School Lunchbox Ideas List

Free Printable: Weekly Lunchbox Planner | 5DollarDinners.com

Weekly Lunchbox Planner

Lunchbox Love for Kids

lunchbox love for kids

What your kids take in on an emotional level is just as important as what they take in on a nutritious level. Lunchbox Love for Kids is the perfect way to stay connected with your child during the school day. Positive messages on the front of each card enlighten and the fun fact or joke on the back entertain your kids and their friends. Every card is unique and there are enough to send a different card every day of the school year.

easy lunchboxes bento system

Erin’s Favorite Lunchbox Packing Tools

When it comes to packing lunch boxes for the 3 older dudes, I need sturdy that will last ALL year and into the next! Which is why I recommend the following…

The School Lunchbox Ideas (new ones will be added each day!):

Other 31 Days Series to Check Out

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Kelly Lester (@EasyLunchboxes) August 2, 2014 at 10:44 pm

Wow – can’t wait to share all these fantastic lunches! Thank you so much for featuring my EasyLunchboxes Erin :) – Kelly


Megann August 4, 2014 at 12:03 am

Super excited about finding this. The hardest part for me is the planning & you’ve taken the guess work out of it! These look just as fun to make as I’m sure they’ll be to eat. can’t hardly wait for the new school year now.


Alissa August 4, 2014 at 1:43 pm

My problem is adjusting for teenagers that eat ALOT. However, thinking of the 3 components helps so much. Thanks again.


Kim August 5, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Hi I love the lunchbox ideas so far! My problem is my Son does not eat cheese nor will he eat lunch meats and Peanut putter is not allowed at school or nuts of any kind. Last year he took whole grain chicken nuggets and grapes everyday, This was his choice. Any way I can switch it up to something a little less boring. any help please. Thanks


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom August 8, 2014 at 5:39 pm

I think you just have to keep trying different things Kim!

You can use Sunbutter, which is very similar to PB, but made with sunflower seeds!


Sophia Armstrong August 19, 2014 at 1:15 am

Almonds are not a nut, they are a seed. I have had students that are allergic to peanuts that are perfectly fine eating almond butter. Look into it. That can open up so many fun snacks.


AD August 19, 2014 at 11:05 pm

Almonds are nuts. Nuts are seeds. Some people are only allergic to some tree nuts, but are fine with peanuts and some tree nuts. Some are allergic to only peanuts. Some are allergic to all of them. My child is allergic to all tree nuts but is totally ok with peanuts.


shannon September 2, 2014 at 12:18 am

Yep, I am sensative to tree nuts, but fine with legumes aka peanuts which are not really a nut at all.


Shelley October 16, 2014 at 10:30 am

Almonds are most certainly nuts!!!!!!!!!! Peanuts are legumes, and that’s why it was ok for someone with a peanut allergy to eat almond butter. Please don’t tell people that almonds aren’t nuts!


Danielle @ Mom Inspired Life August 6, 2014 at 11:56 pm

Love all these ideas!! Thanks for sharing.


Christina Martin August 8, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Great ideas.. especially for my picky eater!!


Brianna Carroll August 16, 2014 at 12:46 am

This is awesome!


Brianna Carroll August 16, 2014 at 12:47 am

These are awesome!


Brianna Carroll August 16, 2014 at 12:48 am



Debbie Carson August 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm

No kids, but what a great way to spice up my husband’s lunches. Usually he eats leftovers, but with your weekly planner printout, I can write in what was made and also let him know the extras he can take. Very nice! Thanks!


Jennifer August 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Hi Erin! I love all of these great ideas! Helps me think outside the cold cuts sandwiches I send everyday. I know this will sound silly but do you just send everything in those ziplock compartment boxes and not worry about temperature? Pretty much just send everything cold? I am assuming, yes? Some things will get yuck, texture wise, if put in a thermos (French toast sticks, etc) but I want to try to change it up so I am going to try several of these ideas and just keep it cold. Just curious! Thanks!


Jenn K August 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Jennifer, For the typical warm foods, Erin recommends serving them in a thermos. For the purpose of this series and consistency with the photos, we placed everything in the Easy Lunchboxes containers. Hope that helps!


Lina August 18, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Can’t wait to try these!


Jennifer August 18, 2014 at 9:30 pm

Perfect! Thank you!


Dominique Smith August 18, 2014 at 6:03 pm

This is very helpful! Thanks for sharing ♡


Erin August 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Do you have a recommendation for a good thermos that will really keep the food warm until lunch time? I’ve tried one and it didn’t work too well. …just looking for a suggestion.



Nicole Mineau August 19, 2014 at 6:29 pm

I have a kid who is impossible to feed looking forward to trying these recipes


Mrs.Bonsell August 20, 2014 at 3:11 pm

These are awesome ideas! I just wish my son wasn’t so dang picky :( I’ve been trying to work with him so he will eat more things. But he works himself up so much that he will gag and throw up as soon as the new food touches his tongue. keeping this though, just in case.


Nicole August 22, 2014 at 4:24 pm

This is great. I love finding new ideas. I’d like to add one for you….a PB and apple wrap. This is one of my kids favorites. I would also add as a tip to readers…for warm foods — put boiling water in the thermos to heat it up first, after a few minutes, dump the water (dry if necessary) and then add the food.


Adrianne Reid August 23, 2014 at 3:06 pm

Some interesting ideas, but I really wish that peanut butter was not featured so heavily. Many school boards do not allow any nut products in the school due to nut allergies, I know our schools do not allow them.


Jenn K August 25, 2014 at 10:30 am

Adrianne – there are 5 recipes so far with peanut butter out of 24. As Erin states on her posts with peanut butter: For those of you who have peanut free schools, make sure you try Wowbutter! It’s a safe alternative to peanut butter that is made in a 100% Peanut Free, Nut Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Egg Free Facility, and most importantly, tastes just like the real thing!


Jackie September 11, 2014 at 10:41 am

Even Wowbutter or Sunbutter are usually not allowed as it is so much like the real stuff that it is hard to tell the difference.


Julia October 18, 2014 at 9:05 pm

Great website. Thanks!!


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