Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to school lunches? You won’t be after checking out these 100 school lunch ideas for kids that they LOVE to eat.

Wherever and however you do school this year, one thing remains a truth: kids need to eat!

Are your kids begging you for something other than a sandwich and chips? Or perhaps they will only eat one thing every single day and you want to add variety.

That was our problem. For some reason, my kids would only eat about 2 different things all year long. Talk about boring! I needed to make a change, so I went on a search for some delicious and creative ideas that my kids would actually eat.

Whether you’re looking to save money on school lunches or to help your kids eat more healthfully, this list of 100 school lunch ideas will keep you AND your kids from being bored with lunch.

If you have any previous day left over food, try these holiday leftover ideas!

With these lunch ideas, they will have a variety in their diet, and (because it comes from home) it’s healthier than anything the schools could provide.

Kid School Lunch Ideas They’ll Beg For

With 100 different lunch ideas, there is plenty of variety here to keep everyone happy and interested in lunch for a very long time!

Bonus: even if your child has food restrictions, you’re sure to find several lunch ideas here that they will love!

Simple Bento Box Lunch Ideas | Vicky Barone

This lunch of hardboiled eggs, zucchini muffins, string cheese, blueberries and goldfish is the perfect combination of healthy and fun.

bento lunch idea with hardboiled eggs, muffins, crackers, fruit and cheese

Healthy Lunch Ideas | Kids Activities

A Waffle Taco Bar is something you don’t see every day! Include ground turkey, cheese, tomatoes, and any other favorite taco toppings. Yum!

waffle taco bar bento lunch idea

Taco Pop Tarts | Disney Family

Here’s a savory twist on a favorite childhood treat: Taco Pop Tarts. Anything tastes amazing in Pop Tart form, and they’re perfect for the lunchbox!

Dinosaur Bento Lunches | Glue Sticks & Gumdrops

Making food look fun goes a long way to making it interesting enough to eat. Jurassic Park fans will love this roaring fun Dinosaur Bento Lunch.

Dinosaur bento lunch with cheese, veggies, and crackers

Free Lunch Checklist

Never wonder what you are going to feed your kids ever again! This lunch ideas checklist is perfect!

BONUS: it has NO sandwiches on it!!

Go Nut-Free | Super Healthy Kids

Toast pizza, carrot and cucumber butterflies, hummus, and berries will make your kid grin from ear to ear – and the envy of the lunch table.

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Use Leftovers | Bento Box

Leftovers for lunch? That’s my favorite! Chicken wings, carrots, and strawberries sound like a winner.

Make it With Nutella

Do you love Nutella as much as we do? Try Nutella and Banana Sushi – it will disappear quickly.

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Fun Twist on a Classic | Belly Full

Corn dog muffins with cheese wands and clementines give your kiddo a bit of comfort food and healthy food.

Homemade Spaghettios | Fake Ginger

Hate the thought of sending canned Spaghettios to school? Your kids will love this homemade version.

Super Hero Themed Kids Lunch Idea | Kids Activities

Make your kiddo feel like a superhero! This superhero lunch is easy to recreate with a star-shaped cookie cutter and a spoon cape (aka napkin).

super hero themed lunch with sandwich, apple, popcorn and fruit

Chicken Sliders | Natasha’s Kitchen

Here’s a chicken slider, a salad with ranch dressing, trail mix and a banana for a balanced, filling lunch. Yum!

chicken sliders with milk, salad and banana

Chicken Parmesan Meatballs | Real Food By Dad

Make a big batch of Chicken Parmesan Meatballs. Not only will the kids love them for lunch, but they make great lunches for moms and dads, too!

chicken parmesan meatballs

Leftover Breakfast for Lunch | What Lisa Cooks

Leftover breakfasts make terrific lunches. Cereal, muffins, fruit, hardboiled eggs… anything goes, really!

Turkey Bacon Ranch Wraps | Like Mother Like Daughter

Make sandwiches a little more interesting by turning them into wraps like this Turkey Bacon Ranch Wrap.

Turkey bacon ranch wraps

Change Up PB&J | Cooking Classy

PB&J Sushi will make for a fun lunchtime! Turn a classic into something more visually appealing.

4 Cheese Pepperoni Pizza Bites | Glue Sticks & Gumdrops

Nothing will make your kid happier than these small hand-sized pizza bites paired with fresh fruits and veggies.

Ham and Cheese Pinwheels | The Girl Who Ate Everything

Make a batch of ham and cheese pinwheels. They’re yummy for breakfast…or lunch.

ham and cheese pinwheels on a plate

Baked Ravioli | Laura Fuentes

Make baked ravioli for dinner, and then put some in kiddo’s lunchbox the next day. Two meals, just one prep!

school lunch ideas bento box with baked ravioli, peas, apple slices and a sweet note.

Polka Dot Pizza Dippers | The Good Stuff

How much will your kids love these? Make them with biscuit dough and pepperoni slices, and serve them with some marinara sauce on the side.

polka dot pizza dippers

Mac and Cheese Cups | Tablespoon

Mac and Cheese cups are easy to make. Press refrigerated dough into a muffin tin, add your favorite mac and cheese, and bake.

Chicken Pot Pie Cupcakes | Tablespoon

Comfort food in the lunchbox IS possible. Just make these chicken pot pie cupcakes and see for yourself.

Apple and Cheddar Quesadillas | Glue Sticks & Gumdrops

Pair cheddar with crunchy apples in Apple and Cheddar Quesadillas. Kids love them! Serve alongside fresh veggies and dip.

Cream Cheese and Ham Pinwheels | Following In My Shoes

Cream cheese and ham pinwheels are delicious and EASY. Great for school lunches and party appetizers, too.

cream cheese and ham pinwheels with fruit and carrots

Mini Taco Hand Pies | Lemons For Lulu

How about some mini taco hand pies to put a smile on your kids’ faces at lunchtime?

Crescent Roll Hot Dogs | Crazy Adventures in Parenting

Kids will go gaga for crescent roll hot dogs and smiley face fries.

crescent roll hot dogs with ketchup

Pumpkin Pancakes | Momables

Send leftovers from Sunday’s breakfast for lunch on Monday. Here are some yummy pumpkin pancakes served with fresh fruit, whipped cream and syrup and some sausage links, too.

pumpkin pancakes in a bento box with fruit, meat and syrup.

Healthy Taco Salad | Sugar Free Mom

Send a healthy taco salad in the lunchbox. Include some tortilla chips or corn chips on the side if those are a must for your kiddo.

Easy Lunch Ideas for Kids | Lauren’s Latest

If you can get your little one to eat it, cottage cheese is a healthy lunch option. Pair it with peanut butter crackers, baby carrots, and some fruit.

More Bento Lunch Ideas | Living Locurto

Tweens are a little more difficult to pack for, aren’t they? Bet they’ll love this hot dog lunch with Oreos, Cheez-its, and fruit.

Apple Cheese Wraps | Weelicious

Make yummy wraps out of deli ham (or turkey), cheese, and apple slices. Delicious combination!

apple cheese wraps

Peanut Butter and Apple Waffle Sandwiches | Little Inspiration

Peanut butter and apple waffle sandwiches are sure to be tasty. Check out her fruit-infused water idea, too!

Grilled Cheese Roll-Ups | Cincy Shopper

Nothing is more comforting than a hot lunch on a chilly day. Kids will love these grilled cheese roll-ups with a thermos full of tomato soup.

grilled cheese rollups

Baked Pancake Muffins | Family Fresh Meals

Easy Baked Pancake Muffins are not only a great go-to for breakfast, but they make fantastic lunches, too.

Turkey and Cheese Roll | Lauren’s Latest

Rolls are perfect for making sandwiches easier for little hands. This turkey and cheese roll served with goldfish crackers, green pepper slices, and fruit is a winner.

turkey and cheese roll with fruit and sliced peppers in the background

Chicken Noodle Soup | Love Grows Wild

Winter days definitely call for some Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup to warm up.

Mini Burritos | The Girl Who Ate Everything

Make mini burritos with leftover meats, beans, and cheeses. Easy and delicious!

mini burritos on a plate

Mini Biscuit Pizzas | Normal Cooking

Mini biscuit pizzas will definitely be a hit with tweens and teens.

Sandwich Kabobs | I Wash You Dry

Put their favorite sandwich fixings on a skewer to make sandwich kabobs. Don’t forget the veggies!

Spaghetti Pie Muffins | Where Your Treasure Is

Spaghetti pie muffins: You don’t need a specific recipe… just bake whatever you make into muffin tins and add some cheese on top. Yum!

Taco Wraps | Living Lou

Taco wraps, mini muffins and fruit will satisfy even the hungriest tummies.

taco wraps with fruit

Mini Salad Pita Pockets | Lauren’s Latest

Sneak in a healthy salad with these mini salad pita pockets.

Croissant Sandwiches | Betty Crocker

Croissant sandwiches are just as easy as regular sandwiches, but it makes them a little more special when you use croissants instead.

croissant sandwich with yogurt, carrots and grapes

DIY Protein Bistro Box | Momables

An egg, cheese, and peanut butter pack lots of protein into this lunch, and the fruits add a little some sweet to the mix. Pair with a yummy multi-grain roll.

Pizza Rolls | Simple As That

Pizza rolls (or pizza pinwheels) pair well with just about any fruits or veggies you want to add to the lunchbox.

pizza rolls in a baking dish

Pasta Salad | Hip Foodie Mom

I know when I tire of sandwiches and wraps, something like this simple pasta salad would really make my day.

BLT Pinwheels | Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

BLT pinwheels are a fun spin on a classic sandwich. Hearty, healthy and filling.

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Lunchbox Mac and Cheese Muffins | I Should Be Mopping the Floor

Ham and mac and cheese muffins are filling and tasty! Oh, and they’re super easy to pack.

Sweet Fruit Wraps | Super Healthy Kids

Sweet fruit wraps can be the main course or a tasty little dessert. They’re healthy and yummy!

sweet fruit wraps with cream cheese

Ham and Cheese Lunch Bites | Momables

Ham and cheese bites made with ham slices, eggs and cheese are super easy, too. Perfect for lunch or a breakfast on-the-go.

Sandwich Kabobs | It Is A Keeper

Skip the bread and go right for the good stuff with these sandwich kabobs made of meats, cheeses and tomatoes.

lunchbox meat cheese and tomato kabobs

Kids Lunch Ideas That Aren’t Sandwiches | The Kitchn

Even I’d love this lunch of cheese quesadillas, pineapple, avocado, tortilla chips, and jicama sticks.

Savory Waffle Sticks | Paging Fun Mums

These savory waffle sticks are amazing dipped in a yummy marinara sauce!

savory waffle sticks with marinara dipping sauce

Ham, Cheese & Spinach Muffins | Learn With Play At Home

Ham, cheese, and spinach muffins are a lunch you can feel good about. Serve with pretzels or trail mix and fresh fruit.

Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels | Dinner at the Zoo

These rainbow veggie pinwheels are gorgeous and chock full of good-for-you stuff like spinach, bell peppers and carrots.

Lunch Ideas For Kids Who Are Picky Eaters | Growing Up Gabel

Deli meat, strawberries, carrots, and peanut butter crackers are just the ticket for my little guy. He doesn’t much care for bread.

What Nutritionists Pack For Kids Lunches | Real Simple

Want to know what nutritionists pack in their kids’ lunchboxes? These ideas are great!

healthy school lunch idea of sandwich, apple, grapes, blueberries, banana and nut bar

Mini Pancake Kabobs | I Heart Naptime

Mini pancake kabobs work for lunch, snack or breakfast and will satisfy your kiddo’s sweet tooth!

mini pancake kabobs

Deli Wraps | A Night Owl

Keep it simple with deli wraps served with fresh fruit and a pickle on the side.

Bacon Cheddar Egg Salad Sandwiches | Tastes of Lizzy T

Here’s a yummy twist on a classic: bacon cheddar egg salad sandwiches.

More Non-Sandwich Lunch Ideas for Kids | I Should be Mopping the Floor

Oatmeal peanut butter bites, lots of fruit, a boiled egg, and yogurt make up this breakfast for lunch idea.

DIY Pizza Lunchables | Momables

These pizza lunchables are made with whole wheat bread rounds and nitrate-free pepperoni, so you can feel good about this kid-friendly meal.

DIY Pizza lunchables

Cinnamon French Toast Bites | Recipes Tin Eats

Who wouldn’t love cinnamon french toast bites for lunch? I know I would!

Cinnamon French Toast Bites

Easy Vegetable Pizza | A Spark of Creativity

Veggie pizzas are yummy and filling! Just look at all that color.

Stress-Free Lunch Ideas | Mom to Mom Nutrition

Does your child hate veggies? Sneak them into something he loves, like peas with mac and cheese.

PB&J Sushi | Totally The Bomb

Make PB&J sushi by flattening out your bread with a rolling pin first. It disappears quickly because it’s impossible to resist.

Crock Pot Pork Sliders | Living Chic Mom

Crockpot pulled pork sliders are easy for mom and yummy for the kids!

Lunch on a Stick | How Does She

Everything’s better on a stick. Try making kabobs out of just about anything like fruit and string cheese, meats and veggies, etc.

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Cute Owl Sandwich | Kids Activities

This cute little owl sandwich is sure to be a hit with preschoolers or kindergartners.

Roll it Up | Wendolonia

Wrap meats and cheeses into neat and tidy rolls, and serve with Cheerios, healthy crackers, yogurt, and fruit.

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Gluten-Free Lunch Ideas for Kids | Spaceships and Laser Beams

Here’s another sandwich on a stick idea using meats, cheeses and cucumber slices. Tasty!

Chicken Quesadillas | Stuffed Suitcase

You can’t go wrong with Chicken Quesadillas, of course.

Deli Box Idea | HuffPost

Another deli box idea: crackers, meats, cheese and fresh fruits and veggies.

Gluten-Free Sandwich on a Stick | Ingredients, Inc

Try gluten-free sandwiches on a stick if you need to watch your child’s gluten intake.

Gluten-free sandwich on a stick.

Healthy Homemade Hot Pockets | Don’t Waste the Crumbs

Homemade hot pockets will go over well, and they cost less than 30 cents each to make yourself!

Dinosaur School Lunch | Family Fun Journal

For an easy dinosaur-themed lunch, try this one with dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, olives, broccoli, and cheese for protein. Fun!

Dino-themed lunch idea for kids

Go Lego | Lunchbox Dad

What kid wouldn’t go nuts for this Lego-themed lunch? Amazing!

Lego-themed school lunch idea for kids

Pizza Grilled Cheese | Healthy Food

How have I never thought of this combo before? Two classics combined into yummy goodness that’s impossible to resist.

Pizza grilled cheese

Fiesta Chicken Taco Salad | Happiness is Homemade

This fiesta chicken taco salad would be a winner with teens. Filling, healthy, and super delicious!

Fiesta Chicken Taco Salad

Make Bento Box Lunches | Easts Amazing

Pretzels, sweet corn, potatoes, yogurt, and grapes make for an interesting lunch. Love the little fun additions!

Mini Calzones | The Coupon Project

I’d like a few of these mini calzones for myself. Imagine how much the kids will enjoy them!

mini calzones

Apple Pie Energy Bites | The Melrose Family

Apple pie energy bites will help your kids power through the day!

Quinoa Pizza Bites | Jessica in the Kitchen

Get lots of pizza flavor in tiny little bites with quinoa pizza bites. Yummy and good for you, too.

Quinoa pizza bites with dish of marinara sauce

Avocado Chicken Salad | Family Fresh Meals

Avocado chicken salad in a pita pocket is a filling, tasty choice.

Go With a Bagel | She Knows

A bagel with peanut butter (or other nut butter) or cream cheese is a welcome change of pace from sandwiches.

bento box lunch with bagel, grapes, milk, apple and crackers

Chicken Caesar Pitas | Betty Crocker

Or how about a skinny chicken Caesar pita instead?

Bento Box | Following in My Shoes

This grown-up Bento is a great choice for teenagers.

Pizzadilla | Budget Bytes

Pizzadillas (pizza quesadillas) are one of my favorite lunches. Kids love them, too.

Pizzadilla make great school lunch ideas for kids

Vegan Pizza Bites | Vegan in the Freezer

Cauliflower pizza bites are another yummy twist, especially if your kiddo doesn’t care much for quinoa or breads.

Baked Corn Tortilla Cheese Dogs | Simply Gloria

Baked corn tortilla cheese dogs are so quick to make, and they’re a hit with kids of all ages.

baked corn tortilla cheese dogs on a counter

Pizza Crackers | The Recipe Rebel

An interesting twist on pizza, and it doesn’t get any easier than this!

stack of 3 pizza crackers

Make-Ahead Pasta Salad | Cook the Story

Kid-friendly pasta salad is perfect for those days when your kid can’t eat another wrap or sandwich.

kids lunch with pasta salad that has veggies

There you go! More than 100 kids school lunch ideas to inspire you to make lunch more than just another meal. These healthy lunch ideas for kids will energize them for the rest of the day.

Use these easy lunch ideas for kids to make lunchtime an experience they look forward to every day because they know their lunch is packed with the foods they love. Which ideas will your kids will like best?

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