Make lunchtime more fun with these printable lunch box ideas for kids — spot the difference, matching, and a free printable word search! Simply print, cut them out, and put in your kids’ lunch boxes, and they’ll have the most fun lunch at school!
I don’t know about your kids but my 4-year-old is currently obsessed with games and activities these days. Any time we eat out at a restaurant all he wants to do are the mazes and seek and finds on the kids menu. He would literally do games like that all day long. I’m not complaining, especially when the games are actually educational ones that keep him entertained while we enjoy our meal for once.
With school starting up again in just a few weeks, I thought it would be fun to create some printable games like you see on the kids menus that I can put in his lunchbox to send to school. These are a great alternative for younger kids who can’t quite read yet but can figure out what to do from a picture. They are great because you don’t necessarily need to have a crayon or marker like if you were doing a maze, kids can just point things out without writing anything down.
And they are perfect for kids like mine who enjoy little surprises! I mean who wouldn’t love to open their lunchbox and after pulling out the food see a fun little activity in there? Honestly, I wish they made things like these for adults!
I stuck with three of the most traditional games – word search, spot the difference, and matching – so that younger kids will be able to understand what to do and older kids can just read the instructions and get it quickly. And I couldn’t wait for school to come around, I already tried these out with K, and he loved them!
All three of the games are lunch themed and my personal favorite is the game of matching foods that go together like peanut butter and jelly. I will say it was interesting watching my son try to match some of the foods together. Things that to me are obvious like bacon and eggs, he was a bit stuck on because he doesn’t like eggs. And his hamburger? That went with the fries, the ketchup, and the mustard. There’s really no right answer to that one!
Print these games out and put them in a lunchbox with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some fruit and veggies, a drink, and a snack and you’re all set to help power their day!
Make it even more fun by using Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter and Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam to make the perfect peanut butter and jelly sandwich then cut into fourths for mini sandwiches. Everything is more fun when it’s mini! And Walmart sells the Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter in the large 40 oz size and the Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam in the larger 32 oz size, which equals a whole bunch of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. I’d better start making more games!
All you need to do is click on the link below to print out PDF versions of the games to print. I made them two to a sheet so they fit perfectly into a lunchbox!
What’s your favorite peanut butter flavor combination? Are you a traditional creamy + strawberry jelly type person or are you more a crunchy fan?