As parents know, it sometimes can be difficult to get children to eat their lunch — so, why not let them play with their food? Ok, ok, don’t literally allow them to play with their food, but dressing up their school lunch might make it less of a battle and add a little special touch to the everyday brown bag.

The following ideas may seem a little impractical at first but you don’t have to be supermom to craft these cute lunch items. Many of these can be prepared ahead of time (and you might even consider getting the kiddos in on the fun).


  • Googly eyes
  • Adhesive dots
  • Construction paper
  • Clothespins
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Markers
  • Cookie cutters (for sandwiches)