It's great to teach your youngsters self-reliance as much as possible! And when it comes to feeding themselves, there are some easy lunches your children can make themselves that won't leave a huge mess in your kitchen or cause too many tears. Most of these are safe as far as the utensils your children will have to use to prepare them, so there shouldn't be any cuts or bruises.
Sandwiches are quite simple to prepare, even when you're young and aren't sure of yourself in the kitchen. Here are a few wonderful sandwich varieties your children can make that won't require them running to you for help every couple of minutes!
- Peanut butter and jelly needs three ingredients and a spreading utensil. Be sure that the peanut butter is within easy reach and that the jelly is something you won't mind them having a lot of -- lower sugar is best, if possible, since youngsters tend to enjoy the taste of the jam much more than the peanut butter.
Deli sandwiches can also be made easy! Just buy pre-sliced cheeses, so there won't be any sliced fingers, and make sure there's some lettuce leaves rinsed for easy use. You can do all this the day before so your children will have it all ready for them.
Older children can indulge in grilled cheese sandwiches, which can be heated in a pan or over a griddle. (Microwaved grilled cheese is possible, but it's also rubbery and just not very tasty!)
Cheese and crackers is actually a pretty filling meal when you're a kid! Again, if you purchase pre-sliced cheese, they can break up the slices with their fingers or use a butter knife for more accurate pieces, if they're picky. Crackers should be tasty but nutritious; flavored Triscuits, for example, bring a delicious taste along with woven whole wheat for a filling whole-grain meal.
Microwaved meals can be terrible nutritiously, if you go for the $1 specials at the very end of the freezer section. However, if you hit upon a good sale for the more nutritionally-balanced frozen meals, stock up and let your children enjoy them as lunches! Usually, they're full of tasty flavors your youngsters can't resist, along with a good serving (or even two) of vegetables.