How to Make Fun Animal-Themed Meals That Will Make Your Kids Roar with Delight

By: Beau Coffron, LunchBox Dad

Have you ever lovingly created a meal for your kids, convinced that they'd be thankful for the food on their plates, only to hear groans instead? If you are a parent, this probably sounds familiar. But if you have a few extra minutes to make healthy food fun, you might discover that your children will try out healthy foods—and actually enjoy them.

Kids will love these fun animal-themed meals. You don't need any special tools and in just a short time you will have a healthy lunch your kids will cherish. The only problem is that they will be begging for another one tomorrow. It's a good thing we've given you three different ideas!

How to Make an Alligator Spinach Wrap

Alligator Wraps

Don't worry, this gator is pretty friendly. Your kids will definitely be tempted to play with this wrap before eating it, but that's half the fun!

You will need:

• spinach tortilla wrap
• 3 ounces grilled chicken
• ½ cup lettuce
• ¼ avocado
• 1 slice provolone cheese
• 1 black olive
• 2 baby carrots
• 2 toothpicks

Alligator parts

Directions:

• Slice spinach wrap tortilla in half. Place chicken, lettuce and avocado in the middle. Roll up and fold one end underneath. Place the wrap on a plate.
• Using the other tortilla half, cut out head, tail and feet shapes. Tuck the tail and feet slightly under the wrap so that they mostly stick out. Position the gator head so that it covers the open end of the wrap, with the snout on the plate.
• Cut two circles from provolone. Slice olive in half. Place a cheese circle and half an olive on the face to make an eye. Hold in place with a toothpick. Repeat to make the second eye. Note: Make sure to remove the toothpicks before eating, so your kiddos don't bite into something sharp!
• Cut six small triangles from provolone . Slide halfway under the snout to make teeth.
• Slice baby carrots into small circles. Place on the alligator's back and tail.

How to Make an Applesauce-Cup Lion

Lion applesauce cup

Does your little one go crazy for big cats? This construction-paper applesauce lion takes only minutes to make, but your child will be roaring about it all day!

You will need:

• unsweetened applesauce cups with no added sugar, such as as Mott’s® Unsweetened Applesauce
• orange construction paper
• yellow construction paper
• pencil
• transparent tape
• black marker
• plastic googly eyes

Lion pieces for decorated applesauce cup

Directions:

• Place applesauce cup on a piece of orange paper. Trace around the bottom of the cup with a pencil. Remove the cup and draw a circle 1 1/2 inches larger around the first one. Cut out around the outside circle. Cut out the inside circle. Then cut slits all around the inside.
• Slide the orange circle onto the applesauce cup. Use tape on the underside to hold the mane in place.

Lion applesauce cup how-to

• Flip the applesauce cup upside down on a piece of yellow paper. Trace a circle around the outer rim. Remove the cup and cut out the circle.
• Cut two small half circles from yellow paper. Tape them onto the applesauce lid to make ears. Tape the yellow circle under them for a face.
• With black marker, draw a nose, mouth and whiskers as shown. Stick googly eyes on the face to finish.

How to Make a Teddy Bear Sandwich

Teddy bear sandwich

Even Goldilocks would invite this bear over for lunch! In fact, this sandwich is perfect for a day at the park or even just a picnic in your own backyard.

You will need:

• Two slices whole-grain bread
• 1 tablespoon hummus
• ½ mini cucumber
• 2 black olives

Teddy Bear sandwich parts

Directions:

• Use a drinking glass or circle cookie cutter to cut out a circle from each slice of bread.
• Use a smaller glass or cookie cutter to cut out three smaller circles from the bread scraps.
• Slice baby cucumber into rounds.
• Cut olives in half (you just need 3 halves).
• Spread hummus on one of the larger bread circles. Stick two smaller bread circles near the top to create ears. Cover the rest of the hummus with cucumber slices. Place the other large bread circle on top.
• Slide a cucumber slice on top of each ear. Place the last small bread circle on the sandwich, topped with a cucumber slice and half an olive, to make the nose.
• Finish by placing an olive half on either side of the nose to make the eyes.

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