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The value of a home-made lunch box for your preschooler

In this blog post we cover some of the benefits of a home-made Lunchbox for your Preschooler. Plus we've added 4 healthy lunchbox examples to provide you with a little inspiration.

Remember when you were young and your lunchbox was the thing you looked forward to at preschool and school? 

The chance to open it up and see what yummy delights had been packed for you?

Nowadays, lunches are often pre-made at many early learning services. We believe that the excitement of opening your own lunch box - versus a mass-produced meal with not a lot of variety plopped down in front of a child - is really a no-brainer. 

The value of a home-made lunch box for your preschooler

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Preschool: Wholemeal and beetroot wraps with filling options: cottage cheese, mung bean sprouts and grated cheese, or chutney, grated cheese and grated carrot. Other items: sliced cooked beetroot (from a tin) cut into quarters, hard boiled egg cut in quarters, grated cheese and carrot, veggie straws and a waffle for a sweet treat.

There are so many good points about a homemade lunchbox. Lunchboxes provide an opportunity to offer children a balanced and nutritious lunch - that suits their tastes, your dietary preferences and your budget.

A well-prepared lunch box can also easily include a solid variety of food groups -- such as fruits, vegetables, grains, protein, and dairy -- ensuring that your child receives the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients necessary for their growth and development.

The Benefits of a Home-Made Lunchbox

Nourish: Energy and Focus

A nutritious lunch box provides your child with the energy they need to stay focused and engaged throughout the day. Healthy meals help sustain energy levels, enhance concentration, and support cognitive function -- all essential for optimal learning and participation in our preschool activities.

Healthy homemade lunchbox ideas for Kiwi Preschoolers

Healthy Lunch Box Ideas for Preschool: Cheese straws, rice wheels, whole grain bread bun filled with cottage cheese and cooked tinned beetroot, fruit yoghurt, ripe kiwi fruit and banana cut or sliced and a blueberry muffin for a sweet treat.

Provide: Healthy Hydration

In addition to food, lunchboxes can also include beverages to help stay hydrated throughout the day. Packing water or milk in a reusable bottle ensures that children have access to fluids to support proper hydration and health.

Safety: Allergies & Dietary Restrictions

For children with food allergies or dietary restrictions, lunchboxes are essential for ensuring their safety and well-being. Packing a lunch box allows parents and caregivers to control the ingredients and avoid potential allergens, reducing the risk of allergic reactions and adverse health events. When preparing your lunchbox, ensure that foods are cut into appropriate sizes for your child to reduce the risk of choking. Include bite-sized pieces of fruits, vegetables, and other foods that are easy to chew and swallow safely.

Lunchbox ideas to take to Preschool

Healthy Lunchbox ideas for Preschool: Wholemeal pita pockets filled with cottage cheese and grated carrot, potato balls with tomato sauce for dipping, small tin of flavoured tuna, slices of apricot, mandarin and pikelets for a sweet treat.

Encourage: Independence and Responsibility

Lunchboxes offer an opportunity for preschoolers to develop independence and responsibility. Your child can be involved in selecting foods for their lunchbox; helping with meal preparation, and learning basic food safety practices. Packing their own lunch box allows children to take ownership of their meals -- promoting autonomy and self-confidence.

Facilitate: Socialisation and Peer Interaction

Lunchtime at preschool provides an opportunity for unstructured socialisation and peer interaction. Eating meals together encourages social skills development, such as turn-taking, sharing, and engaging in conversation. It also fosters a sense of community and belonging among preschoolers, promoting positive relationships and social development.

Prepping a lunchbox for Kindy - include fruit and veg!

Healthy Lunchbox ideas for Kindergarten: Wedges of savoury quiche, cooked corn on the cob (well cooked), marmite and cheese bread scroll, cheese wedges, orange, mung bean sprouts shoots, watermelon and blueberries.


Overall lunchboxes serve as a vital tool for supporting the nutritional, developmental, and social needs of your preschooler. They promote health, well-being, and learning and the time investment you make in preparing one for your child is invaluable!


Te Whare Rama Manager


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