Easy Valentines lunch ideas your kids are going to love!
Wondering what to serve the kids for lunch on Valentine’s Day? Here are a few heart-y lunch ideas (excuse the pun) that the toddlers and preschoolers in my daycare love!
Please forgive the quality of a couple of the photos. Some were taken a few years ago, before I gave any thought to lighting or white balance. 🙂
These Valentines lunch ideas are all quick and easy to put together, and simple enough that most kids will love them. Only one requires any real prep time, and that’s the jello recipe.
If you have issues with nutritional value of this lunch, I’m going to kindly ask you to refrain from commenting negatively. This is a once a year treat for the hooligans. All year long, our lunches consist of hot, homemade soups and sauces, meat and potatoes, homemade casseroles, whole wheat grains etc. I don’t, as a rule, serve convenience foods for meals and snacks, so I’d appreciate it if you’d allow us this extravagance today. 🙂
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here we go:
Bite-size, heart-shaped peanut butter and jam sandwich:
A bite-sized, heart-shaped pb&j is really cute and super-simple. Make a peanut butter and jam sandwich, and cut out the centre of the sandwich using a heart-shaped cookie cutter. Reward yourself for your efforts by eating the pb&j crusts so they don’t go to waste.
Heart-shaped fresh Strawberries:
These heart shaped strawberries are adorable and so easy to make. Cut straight across the top of the strawberry to remove the stem. Then make a v-shaped notch in the top of the berry. Now, simply slice your berry in half. Again, hard work has its rewards: you get to eat all the little v-shaped scraps.
Jello with ice-cream hearts:
Prepare your jello in small bowls. Just before serving, fill a heart-shaped cookie cutter with ice-cream, smoothing it into place with the back of a spoon. Gently pop your ice-cream heart out onto your jello. Well done, Mom. Lick the spoon; you deserve it!
And one more… Actually, at the time of writing, this one was still in the works. The idea came to me at lunch today, so they’re in the freezer as we speak. Here’s a sneak-peek.
Frozen Yogurt Hearts:
I’ve written post about how they turned out. You can see our frozen yogurt hearts and other fun, Valentine’s lunch ideas here.
And now, check out these 35 Valentines class party ideas by Make and Takes. There are tons of crafts and activities to keep your kids busy on Valentine’s day!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.