Rhonda - posted on 08/21/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
Tape an open envelope to the top inside of your child's lunchbox and put a photo in it. Write a note on the back of the photo. Family pictures are nice or send a picture of your child doing something silly so he can show it to his friends.
Adding a treat (like a candy bar in an envelope labeled "junk mail" on the outside) is only special if you don't allow your kid to eat gobs of candy every day. A candy treat is nice every once in awhile but the complaint most kids have about their lunches is "You always pack me the same thing." Here are some (healthy) ideas to add lunchbox variety.
Cut up carrot sticks and include a little Tupperware of hummus, ranch dressing, or veggie dip.
Make your child a nice sample tray by taking half an egg carton and lining each cup with aluminum foil (optional but this will keep the contents from spilling). Put a hardboiled egg in one, a handful of almonds in another, raisins in a third, crackers in the fourth, and so on.
Instead of one boring sandwich, pack three half sandwiches.
Draw a face on a banana with an indelible market, the stem is the hair.
Put a taco shell and a few small containers of things like chopped tomatoes, cooked beans, cheese, or chopped spinach and let your child's lunch be make-your-own tacos.