Back to School – Kid’s Lunch Box Tips & Raisinet Cookies

With the hustle and bustle of back to school, parents are struggling to renew lunch box ideas and will most often just throw something together but it doesn’t have to be that way.

One of the most important things you can do to insure that your kiddo doesn’t just toss or even trade off their lunch, is simply by including them in the shopping and making process.  By letting them pick and help with their lunch, you’re making them feel like it is their lunch and not yours. Also, once your child gets the “packing a lunch” routine down, they’ll be able to help you out in the mornings, giving you one less thing to worry about.


  • *Buy a cool lunchbox.  Gotta have a cool one you know!  You can also get a reusable bag and let them decorateknock it with markers and stickers.
  • *Put some notes in their lunch.  These could say things like, “Have a great day!”, “Look under your sandwich for a surprise.”, or maybe you’re telling them a knock knock joke!  And for the smaller children that can’t read, try drawing a dog with the word “DOG” written above it. You get the idea yes?!
  • *This blog is ‘My Wooden Spoon’ so did it ever occur to you to put wooden utensils in your kiddo’s lunch instead of plastic? juicyjuice


  • *Always include a healthy beverage such as Juicy Juice (100% All Natural Juice) and happens to be little man’s favorite!
  • *Make it colorful with fruits and vegetables.
  • *Create your own snack mix!  Try mixing up some pretzels, crackers, and cereal and for an added treat, throw in some Raisinets!  *MY FAVE*
  • Change up the bread on the sandwiches. Try using tortillas and hot dog buns.
  • Throw in a surprise like candy. Yes, I said candy.  You don’t have to do it everyday but what a nice little treat for them to have.  Our faves?  Well, mine is Wonka Gummies.  Gawd how I love these. And the boys are loving the Wonka Kazoozles.  All three boys in fact!  And there’s something about the name Wonka….they are known for their candy, the movie, and fun!

Recipe: Nestle Raisinet Cookies


  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 (7-ounce) packages or 2 cups NESTLÉ RAISINETS Milk Chocolate-Covered Raisins
  • 1 cup nuts, chopped (optional)


  1. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl.
  2. Beat butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixer bowl. Beat in eggs; gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate-covered raisins and nuts.
  3. Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets
  4. Bake in preheated 375° F. oven for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cook completely.

My rating: 5.0 stars

There are endless ways to mix things up with lunches. What tips do you have to share with those of us who are preparing for back to school?

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  1. 1

    Christine says

    I don’t have to pack a school lunch for my kiddos, but if I did you can bet I’d be packing them sweet treats. ;) I’ve never even seen Wonka Kazoozles, though. Where can I get them? They sound fun!

  2. 2

    Brighten their day and enclose: a love note from you or their pet iguana, funny cartoon from Sunday’s paper, reminder to bring “something” home from school,…

  3. 3

    JMom says

    I buy bento box accessories. Even though they don’t bring bento food type lunches all the time, they get a kick out of the cute little accessories in their lunch box and their friends are thoroughly impressed :)

    And my girls are in high school! lol!

  4. 4

    Since I really want to do everything I can to foster a great relationship between my kids, I’m thinking I may take fun/funny pictures of baby brother to pack in big sister’s lunch or backpack. As for food ideas, when I was a kid I always especially loved a sandwich made on a mini-bagel because it had a “peep hole” so I could see what was inside. And I love the idea of sending hummus and lots of yummy veggies and crackers to dip in it instead of just another boring sandwich.

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    Heather M says

    I don’t know how well this would go over for older kids, but my daughter loved it. I would give her “special napkins” aka party store napkins that were in the clearance bins. I think most of them were 50 cents to a dollar! I bought a variety (sesame street and other characters, hawaiian flowers, polka dots) and everyday she was excited to see what character or print she got. It was her thing and everyone always wanted to know what her napkin was that day!