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Toddler Lunch box Ideas For A Toddler-Sized Challenge

Toddler Lunch box Ideas For A Toddler-Sized Challenge

Having worked in a school in the past, it was astonishing to see the difference in the sizes of what the kids brought in for packed lunch. I remember saying at the time that there needs to be some more information giving clear examples of what is a suitable portion size. The parents were getting the healthy message (the majority were at least) but there were a few children who came in with more food than an average adult could eat in one sitting.

I guess I wasn’t alone in thinking that there was a gap in information as the Infant & Toddler Forum launched the #rethinktoddlerportionsizes campaign to help raise awareness of it’s not just what we put on toddlers’ plates it’s also how much last year.

I not alone in thinking that there should be a clearer message that it's not just what we put in a toddlers’ lunch box it’s also how much

And they’re back with a challenge for parents, grandparents and guardians to see how can you take all the ITF’s guidance and make it PRACTICAL and easy for all parents to follow every day at every meal?

Curious? Why not visit Toddler Sized Challenge to find out more, join in and share, comment, vote and have the chance to win £1000 and two £500 runners-up prizes as well as spot cash prizes of £100 for commenting and engaging.

a toddler lunch box meal planner for the Toddler sized challenge

I’m weighing in with my tuppence and submitted a suggestion to the challenge already. too with some lunch box ideas on how to help parents ensure they’re getting their toddler lunch boxes spot on.

There are some great menu ideas on the website a but I’ve purposed an idea for downloadable sheets of menu planners with suggestions for toddler lunch boxes  Taking inspiration from the Think Toddler Sized website and creating a go to sheet for lunch boxes which can be printed off and placed on your fridge, or saved as a photo of your photo along with a quick read shopping list section of items to buy.

The idea is about simplifying life for parents, grandparents and carers and taking the stress out of thinking what to buy.

Now I’ve shared mine, what’s would your idea to help parents to Think Toddler Sized be? Why not visit the website (links here if you missed it earlier ) to see what’s already been suggested and see if you can come up with something new then upload your idea to the website. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Think about:

  • The 4 different food groups: carbs, protein, dairy and fruit/vegetables
  • How often different types food should be offered every day
  • How much should be on the plate – think toddler portions

a toddler lunch box meal planner for the Toddler sized challenge


This is a collaborative post



  1. Tanya Camilleri
    14th May 2017 / 8:11 pm

    I love our yumbox! My kids are picky eaters. They love little bits of different things. It’s a great way of getting a variety of foods into them. Plus I’m sneaky and add new things and they try them without realising

  2. 18th May 2017 / 5:39 pm

    This is excellent. A really really informative post. I always give my 3.5 year old two slices of bread for her sandwich and end up throwing half out because she never finishes. Why don’t I just use one piece and make an open sandwich like you’ve done!

  3. 18th May 2017 / 7:50 pm

    This makes a very good point. How can a parent know the right portion size unless they are told? The only other option is trial and a lot of error.

  4. 18th May 2017 / 8:14 pm

    This is such a great idea. I think most parents of toddlers can be guilty of large portions from time to time, me included. I do find I’m throwing out food at times but need to remind myself to reduce portions for less waste.

  5. 18th May 2017 / 10:36 pm

    I think this is a really good idea because it’s easy to just look at a plate of food and make assumptions! My 5 year old visited a ‘Life Bus’ with his school recently and was told his tummy was the size of his hand. Portion size is just Jr important as what you eat, too!

  6. 19th May 2017 / 2:17 am

    Love this! I think the issue is that a lot of the time, we just don’t know unless we have that valuable information available. Good job!

    Kat x

  7. 19th May 2017 / 11:41 am

    My little girl has to take a packed lunch to her speech nursery two days a week and I probably pack to much as she is only three and she always comes home with unopened raisns and fruit packs. xx

  8. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...
    19th May 2017 / 8:04 pm

    I have real trouble with Anya’s packed lunch as she goes off stuff so quickly 🙁 We also have the added problem that we can’t eat raw fruit due to oral allergy syndrome 🙁

  9. 19th May 2017 / 11:51 pm

    What a great topic and informative post. Love what is in your lunch box.

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