Send your child to school with a little fun accompanying the nutrition in her lunch box. Include a short note with a fun fact each day. Use this note to connect with your child while she's away from you during the day and to add a little humor or knowledge to her lunch routine. It will quickly become a highlight of her school day.
Fun facts about food are a natural for lunch box notes. Include a fact about something she'll be eating that day. For instance, let her know that you can polish patent leather with the inside of a banana peel; apples float in water because they are one-quarter air; peanuts are used to make dynamite; the menthol in peppermint candies acts as a mild anesthetic, numbing the heat receptors in your mouth and leaving a cold feeling; and the largest watermelons weigh over 250 pounds.
Health and Science Facts
Give your child a note with a tidbit she can share with her class, such as the fact that babies don't have kneecaps; a person blinks, on average, more than 4 million times each year; if you could drive to the sun, it would take about 193 years going 55 miles per hour; Alaska -- not California -- has more earthquakes than any other U.S. state.
Kids learn a lot from and about animals, so include them in your fun notes. For example, camels don't actually carry water in their humps -- they carry fat to get them through stretches without food. Wasps can get drunk from certain nectar, flying crooked or even falling down. Sharks don't have bones or teeth -- they have cartilage throughout their bodies and scales that look like teeth. Lastly, a tiger's skin is striped, just like its fur.
Throw some history into your child's lunch box. Until Theodore Roosevelt became president, for example, the White House was called the President's House or Palace, or the Executive Mansion. The first 19 presidents were right-handed, and James Garfield was the first lefty to hold the office. Your child may be intrigued by the history of the lunch box itself. The first metal lunch box was produced in 1902 in the shape of a picnic basket. Include a note about your own school lunch experiences. Tell your child whether you went home for lunch, brought your own or purchased one at school. Mention how much a pint of milk cost or what was on your favorite lunch box as a child.