Lunch Ideas for Your Preschooler

Kids are picky. We know it. One day they love eating broccoli and applesauce and the next week they only eat green apples cut into specific shapes and gag at the thought of eating applesauce (only after you’ve stocked up on your supply of applesauce of course). Here at Pine Village, we feel your pain – we are also parents who try to pack healthy lunches that our children will eat! And, believe me, we are not advocating for those Pinterest-style lunches that take forever to prep.

One way to approach your lunch-planning? Combine a main course, fruit and/or veggie and a snack/treat in there. Or try something entirely different: combine a salty, a sweet, a smooth, and a crunchy. Ensure there is enough protein to help get them through the day and also make sure that they have enough calcium, whether through their milk or snacks.

Use this list to create a combination of lunches that you can always add or subtract from, depending on how much your child eats during the day. Pair with milk, water or a juice box and you’re covered!

Pine Village Preschool does not provide food on-site. We ask that families send in all meals and snacks for their child. Please also keep in mind that all of our schools are nut-safe. Reach out to us directly if you have any further questions.


  • Quesadillas
  • “Breakfast for lunch”: such as Bagel with cream cheese, mini pancakes, French Toast Sticks, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt parfait
  • Hard Boiled Eggs
  • Deli meat/cheese Roll-ups
  • Hummus and pretzels or veggies (cut up in age-appropriate ways to avoid choking hazards)
  • Pasta: with marinara sauce or butter and cheese, or meatballs
  • Fish Sticks
  • Rice/Chicken (or variety)
  • Plate of Snacks (Cheese, Crackers & Pepperoni)
  • Quiche
  • Sandwiches: Sunbutter and jelly, cream cheese and jelly, hummus and veggie


  • Cucumbers
  • Clementines
  • Applesauce
  • Grapes
  • Blueberries
  • Celery (add cream cheese/sun butter)
  • Pickles
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Pea Pods/Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Corn
  • Apples
  • Orange Slices
  • Fruit cups
  • Peppers
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Kiwi


  • Cheese Stick/Baybel Cheese
  • Raisins
  • Homemade Muffin (so many healthy options)
  • Pretzels
  • Yogurt
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Cheese/Crackers
  • Veggie Sticks
  • Smoothie

More ideas:

Overall, we find that a bento style box where kids have options to pick and choose what they want to eat, works well!

What else would you add to this list?

Join the Pine Village Preschool Facebook Community Group

Hi Friends,

At Pine Village Preschool, we are all about the community that we see in our schools. We are so lucky to see each of your children every day and can see how special they all are! Our children and families are at the heart of everything we do and we want to cultivate additional community engagement between our families.

In an effort to create a space for current Pine Village families, we’ve put together a Facebook Group just for you. We thought that families could use this space to connect with other each other.

Please feel free to use this space to:

  • Ask questions
  • Share Resources
  • Share articles about preschoolers
  • Give advice on raising a bilingual child
  • Share local Boston recommendations

Please join and share with your fellow Pine Village families so we can come together!

Please Note: This is for current Pine Village families only!

Announcing Pine Village Preschool’s 2021 Summer Camp Dates

Summer is always a fun time here at Pine Village and this year, more then ever, we are looking forward to creating fun memories with your children. This year, we are happy to announce our summer camp dates!

At the Pine Village Summer Camp, we jump into Spanish Immersion on our adventure through Spanish-speaking countries and regions! Pine Village offers two four-week summer sessions for children from 15 mos. – 5 years old.

 2021 Dates (Toddlers/Preschoolers):

  • Summer Session I: July 6 – July 30, 2021
  • Summer Session II: August 2 – August 27, 2021

Each day, children and teachers will embark on a magnificent imaginary journey to explore Spanish speaking countries and experience life as a child in a different country. Activities include dancing and crafts, cooking and games.

As with the school year, families can choose anywhere from two- to five-day schedules.

If you are interested, please fill out our Inquiry Form. This will enable us to reach out to you with more information.