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“Have A Ball!” Sports Themed Lunch Box Idea
Let’s face it, packing the same lunch day after day and week after week can leave kids – and parents – more than a little bored. It’s hard enough to pack a lunch that you feel reasonably sure that your child will even eat without them getting tired of the same old thing, too! In order to combat this boredom I try to send a super special lunch every now and then. Something that is easy to make, fun, and filled with foods that he loves to eat – and that I can feel good about as a mom! One of our favorite items to pack in these lunches are Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies!
We’ve been buying Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies for years. They make a great on-the-go option that helps fuel kids adventures – before school, during school and after-school. In addition, Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies provide “Only the Good Stuff®” with no high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors or colors, and they provide a good source of calcium and vitamin D. They come in delicious flavors that kids love including strawberry, watermelon, strawberry kiwi and even cotton candy!
Just the other day when shopping at Walmart I came across the limited edition Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies collector series packaging which features different athletes. I knew right off they’d be perfect for a “Have A Ball!” sports themed lunch box idea! Now I know what you are thinking, who in the world has the time to make lunch foods into all these different shapes? I think you’ll be surprised when you find out just how quick and easy this lunchbox idea really is. In fact, the entire thing took me 10 minutes, tops! Plus, I’ve even included a free printable lunch note as a special way to give your child a mid-day boost of love and support!! Simply print it up, cut out the one you want to use, and stick it in with the food!
How to Make the ‘Have a Ball!’ Sports Themed Lunch
To make this adorable lunch theme you will need a container with separate sections, ham, Swiss or provolone cheese (or whatever type sandwich makings your child likes), 2 slices of pumpernickel bread, 2 small cheese rounds, a fruit cup with a clear lid (I used mandarin oranges), 6 small round wafer cookies, cookie icing, a brown permanent marker, red, brown and black food markers, and one Dannon® Danimals® Smoothie.
To make the football sandwich begin by cutting one slice of Pumpernickel bread into the shape of a football using kitchen scissors. Then place that piece on top of the other piece of bread for a guide. Next, cut strips from the slice of Swiss cheese to make the stitches on the top. I used Swiss cheese since it is what I had on hand, but you can use whatever white cheese your child likes. Now just prepare the sandwich as you usually do, and finish by adding the cheese ‘stitches’ to the top.
To make the basketball fruit cup, take the brown permanent marker and draw lines on the clear lid to look like a basketball. Simply make a cross, then two curved lines (one on each side).
Next pop off the wax from one of the cheese rounds and use the red food marker to draw two curved lines so it resembles a baseball. Pop the wax off the second cheese round and use the black food marker to make it into a soccer ball. This was actually the hardest part for me as I am not an artist by any means (I had to look up and follow a tutorial on how to draw a soccer ball, LOL)!
For the basketball cookies, use the brown food marker to draw lines on the rounded side of all 6 cookies so they look like a basketball. Add some icing to the flat side of 3 of the cookies, then place another cookie on top of each frosted cookie to make a sandwich.
Now add in one of the limited edition packaging Dannon® Danimals®…
…and make sure you don’t forget to throw in one of the special notes below! You can print the whole page for free HERE.
That’s it! Now you have a lunch that not only tastes great, but is fun to eat, too!
Head on over to the dairy aisle in your local Walmart and pick up a Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies 12 pack to get started!
And be sure to check out the packaging for details on their Play 60 contest – if your child finds the “Golden Bongo” Dannon® Danimals® bottle (located in specially marked packages), they can win a Play 60 Field Day for their school with the NFL pros! How amazing would that be?! Check out the Fuel Up To Play website for more details.
Have you tried the Dannon® Danimals® Smoothies yet? What are your kid’s favorite flavors?