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Ice Cube Tray Lunches!

Ice Cube Tray Lunches!

One of my kiddos’ favorite things in the world is when they get to eat lunch from an ice cube tray. It doesn’t matter what is in it (well almost), just the simple fact that they get to eat from these tiny rectangles makes them giddy excited.

It takes no extra effort on my end and it is just as quick to do this, as it is to make a PBJ. All I do is line up the trays and start putting the stuff in. I do make sure that each tray is identical. That eliminates any claims of unfairness. It is also a great way to clear out the fridge and pantry from all of our 1/2 used open boxes and containers.

Another reason I like the tray lunches is that it gets my picky eaters to try new foods, or at least take another shot at one they had previously claimed to not like. Each rectangle offers 2-3 bites tops and then its over. Painless. Even my picky 17 mo old will at least take a bite of each food. It’s a great way to introduce a child to food.

14 different choices speaks to the love language of my 5 year old….feasts! Lydia, what do you want for breakfast? A FEAST!! What do you want for lunch? A FEAST!! You get the idea. Kids like choices and variety and so often the boring PBJ is to mundane. You’ve got to spice it up a little.

These also make the perfect play date foods! I also did it once for my daughters 2nd birthday party.

I know this doesn’t relate to homeschooling but the best advice I ever received was from a friend who is a homeschool evaluator. She said, Lori, you have to make sure you are having as much fun as your kids are having. Make it fun. That has reframed my thinking in many areas of life, not just schooling. Ice cube tray lunches make it fun! I enjoy making them and I love watching the kids eat them. You can learn a lot about your kids’ preferences too. Who eats what first? Who saves what for last?

I also like how this method creates less waste. Instead of opening 3 granola bars for my kids, I can open 1 and divide it into thirds. Then there is nothing that gets thrown away at the end.

I bought our trays at the dollar store. They came in packs of 2. I bought 4 packs so we have 8 total. We have 3 kiddos in our family and the largest family we have ever had over had 5 kids. We should be set for a while!

Here are some pictures of our past ice cube lunches.

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Top to Bottom, Left Side: Cheese, Triscuts, Annie Cheddar Bunnies, Blueberries, Nectarines, Fig Newton, Mini Oreos

Top To Bottom, Right Side: Ranch, Carrot, Cucumber, Flintstone Vitamins, Tomato, Mango, Cashews

 

 

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Top Row, Left to Right: Animal Crackers, Raisins, Beef Summer Sausage, Pretzel Sticks, Cucumber, Roast Beef, Cheese

Bottom Row, Left to Right: A Cherry and a vitamin, tortilla chips, guacamole, scooby gummy snacks, ranch, cheddar bunnies, veggie sticks

 

 

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This is the first one I ever did. When Lydia turned 2.

Top Row, Left to Right: cherry tomatoes, pretzel chips, grapes, blueberries, kix cereal, cherries, scobby snack graham crackers, scooby fruit snacks

Bottom Row, Left to Right: Ranch, Hummus, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, gold fish, popcorn, M&Ms

 

 

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