Set Up A Packing Station To Encourage Kids To Make Their Own Lunch

Letting your kids pack their own lunch makes mornings less hectic for you and gives them some independence. Make it easy by setting up a packing station with the things they need to pack a quick, healthy lunch all on their own. Image from akellogg.

Designate a spot in your kitchen as the station, like a cupboard or shelf they can reach. Add their lunchbox, pre-portioned snacks or other dry goods, and a checklist of items they should grab from the fridge or freezer. You should also stock the station with napkins, utensils and a water bottle, so they have everything they need in one place.

If your kid is young, or you tend to be pretty rushed in the mornings, pre-package items for the fridge or freezer, too. For example, you could portion out veggies and dip, or leftovers from the night before and stack them on a low shelf for easy access. You'll want to give their lunch a quick check the first few times to make sure they got everything they need (and didn't just pack snacks), but after that they should be able to take pride in putting together their own lunch.

A Guide to Teaching Your Kids to Pack Their Own Lunch [The Kitchn]


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