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.
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!
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.
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.
Use Leftovers | Bento Box
Leftovers for lunch? That’s my favorite! Chicken wings, carrots, and strawberries sound like a winner.
Make it With Nutella
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).
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 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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Mini Pancake Kabobs | I Heart Naptime
Mini pancake kabobs work for lunch, snack or breakfast and will satisfy your kiddo’s sweet tooth!
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.
Cinnamon French Toast Bites | Recipes Tin Eats
Who wouldn’t love cinnamon french toast bites for lunch? I know I would!
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.
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.
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.
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!
Go Lego | Lunchbox Dad
What kid wouldn’t go nuts for this Lego-themed lunch? Amazing!
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.
Fiesta Chicken Taco Salad | Happiness is Homemade
This fiesta chicken taco salad would be a winner with teens. Filling, healthy, and super delicious!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pizza Crackers | The Recipe Rebel
An interesting twist on pizza, and it doesn’t get any easier than this!
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.
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?