Wheaton Montessori News
Lunch. It’s something we enjoy every day, and if your child is at school you’re likely packing them one. We’re here to help you turn this often mundane chore into a fun, healthy, eco-friendly, Montessori-style part of your child’s day.
As you likely know, Montessori schools rely on the use of natural materials. In our classrooms, we tend to use materials made of wood, glass, and natural fibers. Although it’s not always possible, we think it’s great when families find ways to incorporate the same approach into lunches.
Let’s start with the lunch bag itself. You can pick one of these up almost anywhere, and it’s a great idea to have your child reuse the same one from year to year. Find something durable. Some families pack the types of lunches that would benefit from having an insulated bag, so consider that as well.
Are you crafty? Want to create something really unique? Check out this tutorial that will teach you how to sew a paper bag-inspired reusable lunch bag:
Whatever bag you choose, it’s helpful to have some reusable containers that fit inside. Many families find stainless steel to be an ideal option for their children, as it’s more eco-friendly than plastic, but a lot less likely to break than glass! Here are some models that have worked great:
The actual contents of the lunch are the most important part. Involve your child in the planning process as much as possible and you will find them much more likely to eat what you pack. Keep these tips in mind when you get ready to shop:
This chart may be helpful if you’re looking for inspiration.
Note: It is very important to know about allergy policies for your child’s classroom. Some of the items on this list may not be safe for every child.
Do you have any lunch tips or ideas to share with us? Let us know!