Being a stay-at-home mum I often feel the pressure to create amazing and exciting lunches for my toddler, but don’t always have a lot of time on my hands. My toddler can be a picky eater, sometimes only eating the cucumber on her plate and leaving everything else. However, she does love novelty. By using a few interestingly-shaped cutters, I’ve managed to get her eating more and exclaiming, “oh wow!” when her plate is placed in front of her. So if you’re looking for some quick, easy and fun toddler lunch ideas to inspire your picky eater, look no further! Here are eight simple lunch ideas for toddlers at home.
Eight Fun Lunch Ideas for Toddlers
1. Ham and cheese monster face
This is one of the first ‘exciting’ lunches I made for my toddler. Super simple mismatched round ham sandwiches for eyes. A basic triangle free-cut from a slice of cucumber for a nose. Then I simply broke up a slice of cheddar cheese to make the ‘teeth’ for the mouth. Very easy but the toddler was impressed and ate the whole lot!
2. Tuna mayonnaise dragonfly
I find the simplest shaped cutters make the best sandwiches. The dragonfly is a tuna-mayo sandwich and the flowers are cucumber, carrot and cheddar cheese.
3. Cheddar cheese, tomato and olive monster face
The success of the first monster face spurred me on to try another! This one features triangular grated cheddar cheese sandwiches for eyes. A half-cherry tomato create a simple nose. Black olives cut lengthways into quarters are arranged to form a quirky-looking mouth. Job done!
4. Ham and cheese heart
My toddler loves a heart shape so this easy heart-shaped ham and cheese sandwich surrounded by carrot and cucumber flowers hit the spot!
5. Gouda cheese, cucumber and tomato kebab
I used a straw to make this toddler-friendly kebab. Round gouda sandwiches are alternated with cucumber coins and cherry tomatoes.
6. Ham and cheese 2nd birthday sandwich
My toddler was thrilled with this number two birthday sandwich! It contains ham and cheddar cheese and is surrounded by cucumber and carrot stars. Easy and special, all at the same time!
7. Cheese and apple witch
Witches aren’t just for halloween! Cheese and apple is a winning culinary combination and my toddler is a big fan of Room on the Broom, so she gobbled up this witch-shaped cheese sandwich and apple stars.
8. Springtime bunny scene
Okay, admittedly this did take me longer than a couple of minutes as the baby and toddler were both napping and I was enjoying myself! This is a rabbit-shaped cheese sandwich with carrot and cucumber flowers and a tomato sun. The detail of the rabbit’s face was made with olive whiskers and raisin eyes.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my eight easy lunch ideas for toddlers! Let me know if you try them and what your toddler thinks! And don’t forget to pin it for later!