School Lunch Ideas and Mac’s School Supply Checklist

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back to school supplies and lunch ideas for picky eaters via pinteresting plans lifestyle blog
My Cardigan (small) // My Jeans (true to size) // Cam’s Ryan Tee // Cam’s Pull On Jeans // Mac’s Camo Henley // Insulated Lunch Bag // Stainless Steel Lunch Container // Mario Backpack

Hi guys! I know many of you down south are heading back to school already so I wanted to get this post up as soon as possible. We still have a few more weeks but I wanted to pop in and share some school lunch ideas and our one stop shopping for back to school supplies. As you know, I’m a big fan of online shopping so I actually took Mac’s school’s suggested supply list for first graders and ordered everything on

Walmart has everything for back to school, not just supplies like pencils and crayons but school lunch supplies like thermoses as well. They even have it set up so you can shop by grade!

Today I thought it might help if I share some of the foods we pack for our kids to bring to school because I assume many of you have frustrating food moments with picky kids eaters like mine. Actually Mac (who is 6) eats quite a variety. It’s his brother, who is 4, that turns his nose to almost anything that isn’t a processed carb.

School Lunch Ideas

If you don’t have an insulated lunch bag already, they’re durable and keep your child’s food cool in their backpack or locker. I ordered Cam this personalized Paw Patrol lunch bag but because of the personalization it’s not coming until next week and I know many of you are shopping now so I wanted to get this info to you sooner rather than later. I’ll be sure to share photos of it once it arrives.

Mac wanted something a little more “adult” – you know, he’s 6, so he has very refined tastes in lunch boxes 😂. This neutral insulated lunch tote looked similar to camo which Mac thinks is super cool since his favorite blogger wears a lot of camo 🙋‍♀️.

back to school supplies and lunch ideas for picky eaters in a stainless steel bento box

I always recommend these stainless steel bento boxes for those who pack school (or work) lunches. They’re extremely durable, dishwasher save, and don’t have the chemicals some of us worry about from plastic. My kids both have these segmented boxes and they last for years. Same goes for these stainless steel Thermos cups. We have several that are 4 years old! I’d recommend writing your child’s name on them, because they’ll last for years IF THEY DON’T GET LOST by a forgetful child. Lots of kids in Mac’s class carry them, so without their name on the cup they’re likely to get mixed up.

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Shop Our School Lunch Supplies

I thought it might be helpful to list a few of the foods even my pickier eater will take in his bento box for lunch. We find giving less options (3 compartments, compared to a bento box we have with 5 compartments) means less food comes with from school.

school lunch foods for picky eaters

School Supplies Checklist for First Grade

This is the list of school supplies Mac’s school sent home.

Grade 1

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I purchased all of these items on I prefer to purchase online rather than going into the store because my kids will beg me to hit up the toy section and be disappointed when we purchase glue sticks and not remote control cars. Here’s exactly what I ordered:

You have to see all the cute backpacks Walmart carries – so many under $15!!

Moms of school age kiddos – when do they head back to school? I’d love to hear from you below in the comments. Mac’s first day of first grade is August 27th. As always thanks for stopping by!

And thank you to Walmart for sponsoring today’s post.

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  • Lori D
    August 13, 2019 at 11:01 am

    Your son can easily open the bento box? I really need to buy a couple for my kids (5 and 6) as I use a LOT of baggies (hangs head in shame LOL). My kids start K and First on 9/5 here in NJ, so late. Thanks for sharing lunch ideas.. we do a lot of yogurt, fruit, annndd cookie butter sandwiches. Son loves it and won’t eat PB. Sometimes it’s whatever works! 🙂

    • Rachel
      September 1, 2019 at 7:50 pm

      yes! the boxes are easy to open 🙂
      my husband loves cookie butter! my kids would if they tried it.
      good luck getting back into the routine this week!!

  • Pamela
    August 15, 2019 at 2:47 am

    No comments? What gives! My kiddos start Sept 3rd and I have all the sadness. I haven’t shopped yet and I am starting to freak out! My kids would love that lunch bag though. Does it stay super cold? I get really freaked about food safety! I feel like the ones I have from LunchBots aren’t as insulated as I would like!

    • Rachel
      September 1, 2019 at 7:49 pm

      thanks Pam!!!!!
      the lunch box stays cold but honestly I’m not sure HOW cold because my son opens it up at school.
      I appreciate your comment 🙂