Lunches and Snacks This Week

We pack the kids’ lunches and snacks in Easy Lunchboxes containers. We decided to go with the five compartment ones for lunch and that sees to be working well.

We try to vary what they get, though there is always a sandwich in the lunch, a fruit in both the lunch and snack box, and some sort of treat in the lunch.

We have to be a little bit careful packing the snacks and lunches because Adrian is gluten free and Noah is in a peanut/tree nut free classroom due to a classmates’ allergy. And, of course, we take personal tastes into account (for example, Zeke HATES peanut butter and jelly, but most of his younger siblings love it (Noah eats sunbutter and jelly).

All the kids in school except Fritz get a lunch (he gets free lunch at his school) and all seven of them get a snack. Noah gets two snacks. Little learners get very hungry apparently. Very little comes home after school and what does the others are more than happy to eat so almost nothing goes to waste.

Taste Test

In an effort to reduce wasted food, I decided to have a taste testing with the seven kids who will be in school this year to see what they like for their lunches and snacks.

I didn’t realize I had bought quite so many snacks. I’ve been building up my supply over the last three weeks.

The result was that Noah liked absolutely everything. Most foods were liked by all seven (or the six who can eat gluten depending on what the food was). Everything was liked by at least three people.

Practice Dropoff and Pickup

Every year before school starts we do a practice run of dropping off and picking up the kids so our new to school kid can know what to expect on the first day. This year Fritz and Adrian played the part of the teachers.

Nicholas is so excited to start school. He felt very big to be able to finally get out of the van instead of just staying in his seat.

But he isn’t so big that he didn’t pack his teddy in his new backpack. When we got home and I went to put away the backpacks I realized there was something in his. It always helps to have a little bit of comfort when doing new things, no matter how exciting they are.