Jack started kindergarten last week, but the first couple of days were only three hours long, so today’s the first day he’s bringing lunch. He’s excited but a little nervous — he regularly stayed for lunch at preschool, but this is a new environment, with new potential friends, and Jack’s feeling just a bit shy. Last night before bed, Jack strategized about the big day: He decided he would wear his Angry Birds t-shirt because lots of boys wore them last week, and maybe wearing the shirt would “make someone else who likes Angry Birds talk to me.” He also asked for a special lunch, because apparently last week’s crayons drew some attention, leading a few kids to ask Jack if those were real crayons and resulting in a declaration of “those are cool” from the girl who sat next to him. So, this is what I sent him with, packed in an EasyLunchbox:
In the big compartment, we have a Kings Hawaiian hot dog bun, cut into chunks. I cut two hot dogs into four sections each, and out of those eight sections, I created four “octopi” and eight “crab” using this cool tutorial (super easy!). I put some ketchup into the little dip container (wonder why the pig is joyful? Because that’s an all-beef hot dog. Har, har), and included a tiny giraffe fork so Jack can easily pick up the hot dogs. He’s not that keen on eating hot dogs in a bun, so that’s why there’s only one bun for the two hot dogs. I know hot dogs aren’t the most nutritious entree, but they’re something he loves, and on this first day of staying at kindergarten for lunch, I wanted to send something that I know he will eat, even if he’s nervous.
To round out the meal, I included some diced dapple plums, as well as baby carrots and some cool mini heirloom tomatoes. Jack calls the green one a “watermelon tomato.” 😉
And here’s the morning snack I sent him with today:
In his Lunchskins reusable snack bag are honey wheat pretzel sticks. In the plastic Ball freezer jar (8 ounce) is a homemade strawberry-banana-yogurt-orange juice smoothie that’s been frozen overnight. I took it out of the freezer this morning, set it in the fridge for a couple of hours, then put it into a bag in Jack’s backpack without an ice pack. By snack time, it will have thawed out enough for Jack to sip with a straw, but still be cold. I packed a straw in the bag, and I instructed Jack to shake the jar vigorously once before opening the lid. I thought these containers were really ideal for packing smoothies for lunch, because they’re freezer-safe and unbreakable. Glass mason jars look way nicer, but they’re heavier for kids to carry, and then there’s the breakage factor — not good for kindergarteners. The only other plastic containers I had were not conducive to sipping (they’re short and squat), or they weren’t totally leakproof, or they were way too big. These work nicely — the lids are leakproof but they just snap on, so I don’t even have to worry that they’re screwed on too tightly. Anyway, Jack was very excited about taking a smoothie to school. Let’s hope his first full-length day of kindergarten goes well!