Thursday, October 24, 2013

Lunches October 14th - 24th

Boogs' lunches are inspired by the books we read at bedtime the previous evening. Each night, Boogs reads one book to me and I read a book or a chapter of a book to him. I usually post his lunches once a week. Click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post to see lunches from previous weeks. We like to pack our lunches in ELBs and Laptop Lunchboxes. 
I did not put up my regular Friday lunch post last week because of the BBF Frightful Fall Blog Hop. So, I am adding a couple of lunches from last week to this week's lunch post.

Spooky Sara by Melanie Marks
Spooky Sara is one of the Level 3 Phonics Comics books. Boogs enjoys reading Phonics Comics. This book had three short stories about how different Sara was from her classmates. Sara is lucky to have three great friends that don't think she is too spooky - Mr. Bones, Ghostly, and Frank. 
In the Laptop Lunchbox: salami & cheese Sara decorated with food colored swiss cheese dress and nori hair, Cheez-Its Scrabble Jr. crackers, yogurt raisins, candy corn, Mr. Bones pick running through berries, and a mummy ring in the salad. (that is supposed to be a ghost radish on the salad)

Time For Kids Pets Mini Book
This was just a fun little lunch filled with animal picks that matched animals in the the mini book. In the ELB lunchbox: Zbar, okra chips, salami & cheese skewers, tomatoes, carrots, and mango.

All About Mice by Lisa C. Moran
This was a book Boogs brought home for homework reading. He is fascinated with mice, gerbils, hamsters, and other small rodents. He enjoyed learning a bunch a facts about mice while reading this. Did you know that two adult mice can have 40 "pups" in one year? 

In the Laptop Lunchbox: litter of six baby mice ham & cheese on toast, yogurt raisins, Wheat Thins, veggie chips, wedge of cheese mouse, berries, and salad.

Silly monster face lunch. One of Boogs' jobs at home is to make lunch on Wednesdays. It does not happen every Wednesday, but we do try. On the weekends, Boogs looks through our cookbooks and cooking magazines and finds something he would like to make. He helps me check the kitchen for ingredients, add the needed items to the grocery list, and shop for his dinner items at the store. Cooking is such a wonderful skill to have and it really helps Boogs understand measurements and simple fractions. 

In the Laptop Lunchbox: eggroll wrapper mini taco bowls (made by Boogs), veggie chips nose, honey dew melon mouth, broccoli, yogurt, and a mixed fruit cup with a Stampin' Up Fun Faces monster face.

Nate the Great and the Monster Mess by Majorie Weinman Sharmat
Nate is so excited by his latest case. Finally, he gets to help solve a case for his mother. She is missing her monster cookie recipe. Nate really wants to solve this case because he enjoys eating Frankenstein, werewolf, and Dracula cookies. Boogs was shocked by the huge mess that Nate made while searching for the recipe. Nate managed to solve this tricky case. 

In the Laptop Lunchbox: Frankenstein kiwi (idea taken from Another Lunch), Dracula marshmallow, werewolf ham & cheese sandwich, Wheat Thins, and salad.

 Scholastic News - Jump Into Fall
Boogs' 2nd grade class gets the Scholastic Weekly Reader. They read it together at school and then Boogs brings it home and reads it to me. He loved all of the cute pictures of squirrels in this week's edition. So, we had to have a squirrel lunch. 

In the ELB lunchbox: cheese squirrels, almond butter & jelly squirrel sandwich, acorn Zbar, blueberries, Cutie oranges, yogurt, broccoli, carrots, and acorn shaped red bell pepper.

 The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

I had never heard of this cute book until I came across mention of it in the Country Kids from Coombe Mill weekly linky party. Each week, Fiona has people from all over link up outdoor family activities. Several weeks ago, two different people talked about their family hikes on The Gruffalo Trail at Throndon County Park in Brentwood, UK. I looked up the park and it has amazing statues of animals in the Gruffalo stories. I found the book so that Boogs and I could read it together. It is a wonderful story about a clever mouse who saves himself from being eaten by a fox, a snake, and an owl. The mouse tells each animal about the scary (made-up) Gruffalo creature he is about to meet. The Gruffalo has terrible claws, and terrible tusks in its terrible jaws, and knobbly knees and turned-out toes, and a poisonous green wart at the end of its nose. Little did the mouse know, the creature he made up really does exist. The mouse then has to think quickly to save himself from being lunch for the Gruffalo. Boogs laughed at the mouse's solution to his problem. 

In the ELB lunchbox: mouse drawn on marshmallow, pb&j sandwich with Gruffalo drawn on cheese on top, salad, fruit, and salad dressing.

Be sure to check out the wonderful sites I link to on my sidebar! If you want to see more book inspired lunches, click on the "lunches" label at the end of this post or go to My Story Themed Lunches board on Pinterest. I would love for you to leave a comment to let me know you stopped by.


  1. I love your lunches! So impressive!
    We loved the Nate the Great books when my daughters were younger. So much fun!
    Now I want to go learn more about the Gruffalo! And bemoan the fact that my kids usually think they're too old for picture books.

    1. Thank you! I dread the day when my son (7 yrs old) decides he it too big for picture books. There are so many wonderful stories and beautiful illustrations in picture books.

  2. I am just so amazed that day after day you are able to craft something new and interesting (and base it on a book as well!!) I have definitely gotten away from planning fun lunches. This is the first year that I had two kids eating packed lunches. My daughter requested a fun lunch for the first day of school. After spending over an hour making the lunch, I forgot to tell the kids to keep their lunch boxes upright and by the time they had lunch, everything fell apart and they had no idea what I had tried to create. It was disappointing. I've been thinking about trying easy lunch boxes and I didn't realize that they made a insulated carrier for it (that will keep it upright!!)

  3. Hey Julie! Good to hear from you! The books are actually my "cheats" for packing fun lunches. They make it easy to come up with different ideas for the food. I am sorry your first fun lunch of the year did not go so well. Yes! The secret to my lunches staying intact is the upright lunch box. Easy Lunchboxes has a great lunch carrier and I also love the two compartment lunch box that Mowie reviewed here: