Back to School with an Under the Sea Lunch

Why hello, Al Roker! As featured on the Today Show, our creative lunch idea will be sure to make a splash in the cafeteria. (The Kiwi Crate segment begins at 1:55. Sorry, we weren’t able to delete the ad that plays before the clip starts!)

 

When it’s time for back to school, it’s time to start planning my kids’ lunches. I must admit that most of the time, I barely pull something together! But every once in a while, I get inspired to do a little something special.

I thought I’d share a lunch inspired by an “Under the Sea” theme. Here, I packed everything in one lunch…but you can definitely spread things out so that your child can look forward to an “Under the Sea” week with an item per day from the menu:

• Fish Pita
• Egg Boats
• Fishy Snack – Gone Fishin’
• Scuba Apple

First, I created a fish pita. You simply need pita, a knife, a raisin/olive/piece of fruit or vegetable for the fish’s eye, and filling. I used tuna salad, but you could use anything. (I’ve made these sandwiches before with leftover rotisserie chicken, turkey and cheese, etc.)

To make your fish, cut the pita so there’s a tail and a body. Also, cut a little divot out of the top of the pita so you can slot in the eye. Where you made your cuts, stuff the pita with your filling.

Unless your kiddo is super hungry, I suspect you won’t need to make both a small and a large fish pita. I wanted to make one for myself. So, here you see mommy fish with her little fish. They’re almost too fun to eat!

The egg boats are super simple. You need a hard-boiled egg, a couple of toothpicks, and small post-its (or paper and tape).

Make the sail with the toothpick and post-it. I just folded it over a couple of times. Or, you can use paper and tape to make the sail. Then, stick it into the egg. Happy sailing!

I added the Fishy Snack that we posted a while ago to this lunch. You need celery (or pretzel rods), peanut butter (or other nut butter or sunflower seed butter), and Goldfish crackers. It’s so fun for the kids to “go fishing” by dipping their celery in the peanut butter and then picking up the Goldfish with the sticky peanut butter. They get a bite every time they fish!

Finally, I thought that a band to decorate an apple could be pretty cute, and look what our designers at Kiwi Crate made for me! It’s a scuba mask for the apple. You can download it here:

Just print and cut out the mask. then tape it around an apple. If you’d like, you can even draw some eyes on the mask to give it a little personality.

My kids love their scuba apples. They’ve insisted on scuba peaches, scuba oranges, and scuba kiwis. We even tried to make scuba bananas!

I’m always looking for more ideas for my kids’ lunches! I’d love to hear your suggestions.


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