This post was sponsored by Del Monte as part of an Influencer Activation and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
The end of July is always when I start uniform shopping, looking for deals on backpacks and lunchboxes as well as figuring out ways to streamline our school days to be better for everyone. A few years ago, we incorporated a lunch cart into our mornings. It helped immensely, and it really allowed our children to make their own lunches with a little bit of guidance. As I have been preparing for the new school year, I thought it could be improved upon even more and came up with this system that I LOVE!
KIDS LUNCH CART
You will need:
- a three-tier lunch cart
- small buckets/container (find ones that will fit on your fridge shelves)
- double-sided tape
- binder clip
- the printables at the end of this post
- Items to fill your cart (like Del Monte Bubble Fruit and Stretch Island Fruit Leathers)
I was able to grab everything I needed at Walmart for this. I already had the cart but my Walmart had a great selection of them too! Walmart is a great one-stop-shop for all things back to school.
Print both sheets of the printable, both the long full-page sheet and the labels. Using double-sided tape, label each of your three containers for the fridge. I did print the label sheet twice so I could have a fruit label for my fridge and one of the cart, depending on what kind of fruit my kids want that day. If you want to add a little bit of durability to your labels, laminate them before you adhere them.
Label your buckets, with fruit, veggies and dairy and then put them in your fridge. Label your cart, grain, fruit and drink from top to bottom.
Fill each bucket and shelf with items that your kids like. For our fruit bucket and shelf, I fill them with bags of fresh-cut fruit, Stretch Island Fruit Leathers and Del Monte Bubble Fruit. I don’t know if you have ever had Boba bubbles before but my kids adore them! Del Monte has added them to their fruit cups and my kids are completely obsessed. This Walmart exclusive is delicious and so much fun. I love any snack that has my kids begging to eat more fruit.
I fill our Dairy bucket with string cheese and yogurt.
Our veggies bin is filled with bags of carrots, celery (and peanut butter), cherry tomatoes and for my older daughter container of salad.
I fill our drink sections with juice boxes and water bottles and our grain section with granola bars and sandwich fixings.
Attach the large printable to the side of your cart to help walk your kids through the process. They pick one thing from each shelf or bin (with the exception of fruit that they can get from the cart or the bin), add it to their lunch bag and they have a well-rounded lunch that they built themselves.
My favorite thing about this method? Since they are the ones picking what they want, they almost always eat their entire lunch. That is a huge win in my book!
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What things have you incorporated to make your school mornings run smoother?