Creative Sandwich Ideas for Kids

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If you had to eat the same lunch day after day, you'd probably get pretty bored within a week. Many kids suffer through this same problem with two or three sandwiches being rotated through an entire school year. Make your child's lunch more interesting and spice up her day by creating interesting and different sandwiches.

Change the Color

  • Surprise your kids with a colorful sandwich where no color existed before. Use a clean paintbrush to paint designs on white bread with food coloring. Write messages, draw animals, make swirls and other abstract designs or simply color the entire surface. Brush the food coloring on lightly to prevent the bread from getting soggy. Food coloring won't change the flavor of the bread, just the way it looks.

Change the Shape

  • Most kids are familiar with sandwiches cut into squares, rectangles and triangles. Shake up this tradition a bit by employing a collection of cookie cutters. Make sandwiches that fit the season or those that fit in with any occasion. Turn peanut butter and jelly into pumpkins, bats, trees, candy canes or hearts. Make layered cheese sandwiches in the shape of your child's initials. Search discount stores for cookie cutter collections so you can keep up this craft in an inexpensive way.

Change the Size

  • Many kids love miniature objects and food is no exception. Turn basic sandwiches into a series of mini sandwiches. Cut each sandwich into a checkerboard, making 16 smaller bites or more. Make two sandwiches with different breads, such as rye and white, then mix up the squares for a checkerboard effect. Cut celery into thin sticks to use as toothpicks to hold these appetizer-size sandwiches together.

Change the Bread

  • White or wheat. That's the choice many school children get for their lunch menu. There is an entire world of bread choices out there beside the basics, so treat your child to some variety every day. Stuff meat, cheese and lettuce into pita pockets. Spread tortillas with peanut butter and jelly, then roll them up. Bake ham and cheese into a loaf of frozen bread dough, then slice it for sandwiches. Cut meat and cheese into cubes, then package them with wheat crackers. Make lettuce wraps for a hand-held meal without the bread.

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