Winnie the Pooh is just one of the few ways you can make a creative lunch for your kids to open up at school.
(WEAU) - It's back to school time for students all across the Chippewa Valley and that means parents will be packing school lunches. But how can you use lunches to help your kids deal with those back to school jitters?
The ideas are meant to get a smile from your kids as well as help you connect while they’re away.
Winnie the Pooh Sandwich Ingredients
- 2 slices of bread
- Favorite jelly
- Peanut Butter
What makes this unique is you're going to carve a Winnie the Pooh face into the sandwich. The idea is to make a circular face first, with little ears at the top. Start with a little square at the top, then round one side at the top for the first ear, and then round the second for the second ear. Finally, take your knife in a circular motion to create Pooh's round face.
Then do the same with the other half, and peel off the crusts. Just add the peanut butter, jelly, honey and banana on top, then cover it. The final touches are his face. Slice some chocolate licorice in pieces to resemble eyes, eyebrows, mouth and nose and use peanut butter as your glue. Then you have Winnie the Pooh!
Pineapple Fruit Bees Ingredients
- Hershey's magic shell
- Peanut butter
- Chocolate chips
Start by slicing your pineapple into an oval shape. Then take a toothpick and use it to place the Hershey's Magic Shell on the pineapple. It will be a bit runny, but just put them in the fridge and it will harden. Once that's complete just take two chocolate chips, and put peanut butter on the bottom. This will serve as your glue and place them on your bee. Lastly, cut out two small triangles to place next to the bees body and there you have it!
Angry Birds Fruit Ingredients
- Mini Marshmallows
- Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Chips
- Chocolate licorice
Start by cutting a small circle out of watermelon for the base. Next, cut two small triangles out of pineapple, these are going to be his beak. Finally, take your mini marshmallows and smash them down. Then, take some peanut butter and apply it to the back and put it on the watermelon, it will help it stick.
Then take two chocolate chips and add peanut butter and place them on top of the marshmallows. Then smash one more marshmallow because this will be the white part of his body. Finally, take two small chunks of chocolate licorice, and put peanut butter on the back because these will be his eyes.
Besides Angry Birds, kids often know the fun characters of Phineas and Ferb from Disney. So I developed a vegetable recipe that's fun and may even help your kids eat veggies at school or even at home.
Phineas & Ferb Ingredients
- Water chestnuts
- Mushrooms or olives
To make Phineas, all you need to do is peel the squash and cut out a triangle and cut it in half long ways. Then cut a tiny triangle to serve as his mouth.
Now you may be thinking my kid is not going to eat this but all you have to do is pack a little dipping sauce like a ranch or maybe something homemade. Then add a water chestnut for his eye and put the mushroom on top, or olive. Then take some shaved carrots or carrot sticks and put them on his head.
Next there’s Ferb, and to make him you peel a cucumber. Then, cut it in half long ways and start by taking the knife downward. You want to then curve it out for his nose. Then cut a little triangle for his mouth. All you need to do now is use a water chestnut and an olive or mushroom for his eye. Finally top his head off with broccoli and you have Ferb.
Another idea is make lunch the night before, so you don't have to worry about it while trying to get the kids to school or on the bus. Remember, you can make these recipes with different ingredients. Try something that your kids love to eat, to help them eat their fruits and vegetables.