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Healthy School Lunch Ideas

 This post is sponsored by Coles Soon we will all be back into routine of preparing delicious and nutritious school lunches for the kids.  Crafting together a variety of choices so they don’t get bored with the ‘everyday’ food, as we don’t want it returned and our little treasures going hungry.  Ensuring we give them enough so they don’t starve […]

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  • Jaclyn

    My little one was in prep last year. I have always struggled with coming up with ideas for his lunchbox, they were always quite boring and the same foods. I’ve just recently found your blog and love your simple ideas and this guideline makes complete sense to me and will make packing lunches easier, thank you.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Jaclyn, Welcome!.:) So glad you have found us and enjoying the blog. 2015 is going to be a big an exciting year for us. We look forward to sharing more recipes/ tips and much more.ReplyCancel

  • Shirley Hondris

    Just love your website and tips. Thanks for all your encouragement and ideas. Yes I’m getting my hair done tomorrow, can’t wait!
    And your inspiration – J U S T S T A R T – love it, blessings Shirl.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Shirley.:) You enjoy getting your hair done.:)ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I put my tomato and cucumber in between to slices of day old bread let sit for a couple of hours and then put on sandwich the day old bread soaks up all the juice no more soggy sandwichReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic tip! Thank you for sharing Kim.:)ReplyCancel

    • Kim Zerafa

      Similarly, I lay the slices on one side of a piece of paper towel and fold over the other side, gently patting out the excess juices. New to this site so must say thank you. Miss Five begins school next week and is my fussy eater. The coming year will be a challenge of obstaining from Vegemite & peanut butter rolls! X 😀ReplyCancel

  • Danielle

    My son starts Prep this year and I have dreaded the thought of having to pack lunch for him everyday. Your guidelines make it so easy – great idea. I have already tried two of your recipes from the freezer baking article and they were a hit with my boys. Thank youReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Fantastic Danielle!.:)ReplyCancel

  • What a wonderful compilation of tips! Bookmarking this.
    Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome Farzain, glad you like the collection :)ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Where’s the yellow & grey water bottle from? Or what brand? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Katharine

    Hi Katrina
    I recently unsubscribed to about a dozen sites to de-clutter my emails but yours was the only site I kept!!! Love it love it love it!! ????????ReplyCancel

  • Katharine

    Hi Katrina
    I recently unsubscribed to about a dozen sites to de-clutter my emails but yours was the only site I kept!!! Love it love it love it!! ????????ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Hi Kat, wow thanks so much for an extensive list of lunch items. I am always overwhelmed with making lunches, your list breakdown is great. I can now look at it to give me ideas, instead of thinking what am I going to pack. I always pack healthy lunches no prepackaged convenient snacks, I always baked and I halve already packed the freezer with some of your recipes, and will do a further bake…One lot of baking has already been eaten which was supposed to be for lunches lol..I am going to paste your list and place it on the pantry door so so it makes it easier. Your an amazing mother and woman…HugsReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Great post. Where are the split containers from please? The little pink one and the bigger one with green lid? That’s my hardest challenge!ReplyCancel

  • Olivia

    Love your site!!!! Always visiting thankyou for all of your wonderful ideas! Just thought I would mention that peckers brand crackers have MSG in the unfortunately but Sakata are a great alternative with no added MSG :) just thought I’d share.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh thank you Olivia.:)ReplyCancel

  • Leilani Byrum

    I love your site! Thank you so much for the list of lunch items. Now I can plan a variety of healthy lunch.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Best

    I love this site! As a busy young mother to 2 adorable kids under 3, I find all the tips so helpful. Have started cutting up all my veges on shopping day and it has been a godsend! Saves me so much time. I’m turning into an organizational nazi!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      LOL you gave me a laugh, Melissa!.:) Well done to you! You sound like you are on to it.:) Looking forward to sharing much much more.:)ReplyCancel

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  • Emma

    My kids favourite is caramel banana cake.. Not the most healthy but nice as a treat.

  • Natalie

    My son and daughter love, rice crackers topped with sliced tasty cheese and slices of picked onions.ReplyCancel

  • Anne faughlin

    My kids love cool mangoes and grapes for their afternoon snackReplyCancel

    • Rachel Kriss-Newell

      Once a week the kids love ANTS ON A LOG.

      I cut celery into 10 cm lengths, fill the hollow with cream cheese and a drizzle of honey and then line sultanas along it. It’s healthy but also tasty and always brings giggles from the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Howley

    My daughter loves fresh fruit, cool from the fridge!ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    My kids love a warm of piece of homemade banana bread and a glass of milkReplyCancel

  • Amy

    First option is always fresh cut fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe, grapes, strawberries and anything else), great for energy before after school activities and sports. Otherwise a yummy healthy homemade muffin or bliss ballsReplyCancel

  • Terri

    Cookies. Cookies are definitely my kids’ favorites! The littlest one likes “nem en nem” cookies the best.ReplyCancel

  • Tracey

    My son loves a peanut butter and strawberry jam sandwich!ReplyCancel

  • Hayley M

    For afternoon tea my girls love cold fruit slushies. They pick their own fruits, yogurt, milk or honey (whatever they are feeling in the mood for!) and blitz them up! They love them and they are refreshing in this NQ heat and healthy too! Awesome!
    Thanks for the opportunity Katrina! XxReplyCancel

  • Megan

    I make ‘super snacks’ for my two boys, which is basically any available fruit n vegies cut up & arranged into random shapes/things on their plates. for example dragonflies or stinkbugs, they think its great!!ReplyCancel

  • Katherine

    My girls avo favourite snack is strawberries and icing sugar!! Yum yumReplyCancel

  • Ylana

    Cold mango slices!! Mmm juicy and sweetReplyCancel

  • Ylana

    Best afternoon snack: Cold mango slices!! Mmm juicy and sweetReplyCancel

  • Samantha R

    Freshly warm homemade cheeseymite scrolls. So easy to make and the leftovers just freeze for school lunches – bonus!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Veggie slice, my daughter eats it straight from the fridge cold. Bonus is, it’s loaded with veggies and she doesn’t even know!!! Even hubby will eat it.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine

    My kids are always famished after school!
    I regularly have ‘tiropitakia’ for them- a traditional Greek snack food.
    Puff pastry triangles filled with a cheese filling (made with ricotta, feta, egg and a bit of pepper) cooked in the oven till nicely browned.

    Can be made ahead of time and frozen.
    Can be made as an accompaniment to any meal.


  • sarah

    Grapes and Strawberries always win out as a favourite here, or banana pikelets’. :)ReplyCancel

  • Jaylene Oreo

    our favourite after school snack is fruit kebabs , my daughter calls them fruit rocketsReplyCancel

  • Amanda Reynolds

    My afternoon snack for my two girls (and mum of course) is homemade seed crackers with a big platter of cheese, olives, vege sticks and fruit..ReplyCancel

  • Kate

    My son rarely eats lunch at school, so he like to make muffin pizza’s when he comes home. Usually the 1 is enough. Tops it with ham & cheese.ReplyCancel

  • Mandy Seeger

    My kids love Raw chocolate fudge, so simple and tastes naughty but it isn’t.
    I found this recipe at “”
    1 cup hulled tahini
    1 cup pitted medjool dates
    1 tblsp Cacao
    Place ingredients into food processor or blender and blend until smooth and coming together.
    Press the mixture into a loaf tin or small container lined with baking paper hanging over the sides. Freeze for several hours to set.
    Can be kept in the freezer or fridge if you’d like it a little softer, tahini can be replaced with ground macadamias if you like but we keep it “nut free” so it’s also safe for the lunchbox.ReplyCancel

  • Trileen

    My kids LOVE the simple things…at the moments its rice crackers and hommus dip!ReplyCancel

  • Katerina

    My daughter Grace loves zucchini slice! Recipe follows: Mix 1large zucchini and carrot,both coarsest grated, with 1cup grated cheese, 1/2 cup olive oil, 2eggs, 1cup of SR flour, salt pepper and thyme to taste (I use a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme), pour into a lined slice tray or muffin pan, lined with muffin shells. Sprinkle grated Parmesan on top, pop into a180C oven and bake for 15-20mins -test with a skewer, muffins will be quicker than slice…ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    My boys love apples dipped in almond butter, veggie sticks with hummus dip and kale chips.ReplyCancel

  • Jodie Turley

    Miss 5. – tiny teddies
    Master 7- ice blocksReplyCancel

  • Amanda A

    Mine is quick and easy. The kids love a cold glass of milo, some cubes of cheese, some strawberries and apple slices and a warm homemade biscuit from my oven. Quick and easy and not too much thinking required so I can enjoy them sitting at the kitchen bench telling me about their day. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Mary Preston

    Quick & easy is the go. Chocolate chip cookies & a glass of milk. It’s practically a tradition.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Wendt

    My daughter loves to have yogurt and fresh fruit as her afternoon snack.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel Kriss-Newell

    Once a week the kids love ANTS ON A LOG.

    I cut celery into 10 cm lengths, fill the hollow with cream cheese and a drizzle of honey and then line sultanas along it. It’s healthy but also tasty and always brings giggles from the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie D

    Apricot balls.
    500g dried apricots blitzed in the food processor, then mix through 1 can of condensed milk and 2 ½ cups coconut. Roll into balls and in more coconut to finish. Too easy. I use Australian Apricots which are a bit tarter than Turkish, and the result is delicious, and not too sweet. Always very popular at our house, they disappear in days.ReplyCancel

  • felicity

    My now teenagers still love banana icecream,just frozen banana blended and plain doritos,salsa and grated cheese,melted,yum.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    My boys love mango “pop-ups” – mango cheeks with criss-cross cuts to make squares that they pop out themselves. My 7-month old now loves to join in with a few small cubes to eat!ReplyCancel

  • Tina

    My little dude loves ‘roast veggie pizza’.
    Puff pastry smeared with tomato paste (or pizza sauce if I have it) and topped with left over roast veggies (pumpkin & sweet potato are faves). Bake until pastry is golden. Always a hit!ReplyCancel

  • Shannon

    My kids love a big bowl of fresh fruit. Strawberrys, watermelon and grapes are a favorite.ReplyCancel

  • Kylie Harris

    Homemade preserved apricots with Greek Yoghurt or if not in a fruit mood my own Bars made with Almond Flour.ReplyCancel

  • Linda

    Soup. Spring Summer Autumn or Winter by kids love a mug of soup when they return from school.
    I make an array of different soups so every day is a surprise, pop ingredients in the soup maker and its ready when we come back from school pick-up.
    Fantastic way of getting Veg into the kids.ReplyCancel

  • Sonya N.

    My daughter (7) is a bit strange and very much a creature of habit. Without fail she has porridge and banana every day after school. She also has it for breakfast every day!ReplyCancel

  • Nic T.

    This is my kids’ favourite snack but because it’s not that healthy it’s only an occasional treat. They’re called lemon balls and they’re made with crushed Arrowroot biscuits, condensed milk and lemon juice. So yummy!ReplyCancel

  • Jules

    Our kids love having popcorn. I don’t add either salt or butter so it’s reasonably healthy, which is good as they have it a few times a week.ReplyCancel

  • Gemma

    My daughters love having what we call tappas. It’s basically cut up carrot, cucumber, grapes, strawberries, cheese and rice crackers. They get a little bit of everything but not to much so they eat their dinner.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle Clarke

    My two children, Oscar and Liliana absolutely love cut up Fennel bulbs with my homemade dip (yes you’re reading right lol) – tastes like licorice and they love it. We have even converted some of their school friends too.

    Their other favourite after school snack has to be my banana & cinnamon smoothies – made with whole tray of ice, the smoothie is like lush healthy icecream – yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Di

    Pancakes or pikelets topped with whatever takes each of our moods that afternoon. Was a favourite of mine when I was growing up, now my kids love them as an after school or afternoon snack too.ReplyCancel


    Toast with vegemite! Call us boring, but it’s delicious, quick and easy so we can go go go onto all fun things like sports and playing with friends.ReplyCancel

  • Julia Parker

    Simple is often most popular with my kids. They most love an individual plate of cut up fruit with little squares of cheese, all beautifully arranged of course!!ReplyCancel

  • karina l

    French toast with a sprinkle of sugar on top. Delicious!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina Doyle

    my kids love ‘hot’ sandwiches ham or Vegemite and cheese are the favourites at the moment.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Homewood

    my son loves a mini platter of vegetable sticks (carrot, celery, capsicum, cucumber) as well as olives, cheese and crackers. I find this a very simple way to get him to eat an extra serve of vegetables!ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth H

    Hi Kat,
    My 3 kids love some heathy fresh juice after school. One of their favourite combinations is pineapple and spinach. Also, to go with the juice some homemade pikelets and jam. My favourite raspberry jam recipe is from This delicious jam has no sugar and tastes so yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Chris Slade

    17 yr old loves to eat tuna on rice crackers and the 14 yr old loves vanilla yoghurt with a banana cut up into it. Both are quick, easy and nutritious.ReplyCancel

  • LittlePoppet

    My fussy little one loves my home made cereal bars. They’re so yummy and you know exactly whats in them. Cornflakes, flour, cinnamon, egg, plain or flavoured yoghurt and we add dried fruit too and sometimes I sneak some chocolate chips in :)ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    My 3 and 5 yr old love a smoothie for afternoon tea – I use yoghurt, fresh fruit (they love strawberry and banana most of the time!) and lite milk. Put it in a funky bottle and colourful straw and done!ReplyCancel

  • Stacey Shailer

    We love Zucchini and Sweetcorn fritters, served with tzatziki to dip them in…and the best bit is that I can make up a big batch of fritters and freeze them to use on those busy afternoons when we just need a quick, healthy snack!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly

    My 2 & 4 year old boys’ favourite afternoon snacks are something they’ve helped make with fresh fruit or a green “monster” smoothie (eg. spinach, fruit, coconut milk, LSA, egg).
    Today, we’ve got banana bread baking in the oven and a ton of fresh strawberries that we picked yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    As much as I feel shame and would love to comment with a healthy, organic homemade treat I have to be honest. The first thing that is reached for after school, ironically is cereal either two weet-bix in a bowl or Nutri-grain (which they eat dry like chips)ReplyCancel

  • With this hot weather at the moment we are LOVING homemade fruit popsicles or fruit smoothies with lots of ice. Today for afternoon tea we are even making yummy ice cream by blending frozen banana slices. Anything cold is the go here in Perth, especially after a long, hot day of learning :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle V

    A delicious range of homemade dips
    Served with sesame seed biscuit strips
    Or fruit kebabs, they look divine
    The kids’ favourite fruits all in a line
    And simple cherry tomatoes and squares of cheese
    Are a welcome favourite and certainly please!
    Sticks of cucumber, or mini feta pies
    Are some healthy snacks this mum supplies!ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    My three kids each have different choices. Leah eats apples (so many I need to have an orchard!). Isaiah loves sunken submarines and Josh loves his Nutella sandwich.ReplyCancel

  • Sam

    My girls love piklets that are undercooked so are still a little gooey in the middle. Sometime I put banana and/or berries in them.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Homemade popcorn, home made yoghurt and a fruit smoothieReplyCancel

  • Mel

    My daughter loves Watermelon for an afternoon snack. Especially, when we get a bit creative and use the cookie cutters to make all kinds of bite size watermelon shapes and pictures to eat. It can get a bit messy but it’s lots of fun!ReplyCancel

  • Chris

    My kids like anything they have helped make during the week. Cupcakes, bikkies, slices. Also pretty keen on hummus and crackers and yoghurt.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    My kids favourite afternoon snack is frozen mango pieces blitzed in the blender with some greek yoghurt (only a little but, add a small amount at a time to check texture. You want it to end up combined but not too runny) and you get mango ice cream.

    It is so yummy and lovely on a warm afternoon.ReplyCancel

  • Tarryn Coleman

    My two kids love my homemade yoghurt and blueberry ice lollies. All I do is pop a few frozen berries into a ice lolly mould and pour over some plain or berry flavoured yoghurt and freeze overnight, cheap and easy with no nasties and perfect for a hot afternoon!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My kids favourite arvo snack is homemade ice blocks. Any combination of tropical diced fruit covered with juice!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda

    My kids favourite arvo snack is homemade ice blocks. Any combination of tropical diced fruit, mango is the prefered, covered with apple juice! Healthy and fun!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Clark

    During the warmer weather my children love frozen fruit (grapes are delish this way) or home made frozen smoothie icy poles.
    During the cooler months they like something warming such as a warmed up scroll or chicken and cheese savory muffinReplyCancel

  • Bernice

    LIke me, my boys like snacks with crunch. So we pop a piece of Mountain bread (or any flat bread) sprinkled with paprika or a little sea salt into the oven for 15 – 20 minutes. Then we break them into pieces and crunch away! They are also yummy with a little Tzatziki Dip.ReplyCancel

  • Rachael

    Kids after kindy favourite is icypole made from watermelon, 2 favourite things rolled into 1!ReplyCancel

  • Angela

    In summer, my Asher likes to make Yonanas with frozen fruit.
    In winter, it’s homemade bread toasted with honey & a cup of tea.ReplyCancel

  • Jolie Morello

    my kids love good old fashioned baked treats like chocolate cake, yo yo’s or muffins washed down with a big glass of milk.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Cole

    For my 8yr son it’s nachos. Who am I to argue, if there is cheese grated he can do the whole thing himself and will make some for his little sister too. It’s quick and easy and buys me important time to organise things at home after school and work.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen

    My almost 14 year old loves a “ploughman’s platter” of crackers, different cheeses, cold meats and cucumber. Meanwhile his 18 year old sister still loves grilled halloumi with cucumber. At their ages they now make it themselves and offer it to Mum and Dad, which is rather nice. Especially since I have my hands full with their 6 month old sister (her favourite snack is purple carrots mashed with apple!). :-)ReplyCancel

  • Amy Bested

    Slushie’s, Choc Raspberry Cupcakes or Popcorn :)ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    Apple frogs during the summer, cut a slice horizontally in a green for a mouth, use peanut butter to stick grapes and sultanas for eyes. Or even a weetbix, or cold miloReplyCancel

  • Lealou

    My children often ask for my Apple Bread after school, which I have ready cut in squares in the freezer. Its like banana bread but uses apple puree and fresh apple rather than apple… by the way its also dairy, nut and egg free to suit their needs, but takes delicious and moist… has some oats in there too for some added fibre :)ReplyCancel

  • Kiri

    My kids love watermelonReplyCancel

  • Petra

    My kids favourite afternoon snack is either a home made Tuna or Hummus dip with carrot and celery sticks. They are always scrapping the bowl clean! Such a pleasure to see kids enjoy healthy foods:)ReplyCancel

  • laura

    Celery and peanut butter, simple, easy and somewhat healthy.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda D'Souza

    My son’s favourite afternoon snack is peanut butter balls. Simply mix 4 tabs peanut butter (i prefer crunchy) and 2 tabs desicated coconut and about 1 or 2 tabs of sultanas. Add some honey, I use about 1 tab but if you want it sweeter then can add more. Then form into balls and roll in coconut. Chill and then devour!ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    A yoghurt & one of Mummy’s various muffins that are eaten in the car on the way home – because they’re dying of starvation as soon as I pick them up!!!ReplyCancel

  • amy

    My son loves grapes and his dad got into him from an early age to love vegemite and cheese sandwiches!ReplyCancel

  • Nay

    My kids can’t go past a whole apple and some grapes, plus home made ice blocks or TRTLMT’s 30 second banana bread, or just homemade hummus with rice crackers.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda Irvine

    My son loves anything chocolate for his afternoon snack! HIs favourite is chocolate custard, or tiny teddies! We have a 15 minute trip home from kindy, so i always have a small esky with a cold drink and a snack for him…. It’s pretty tough to tear him away from the playground, but knowing he can raid the esky in the carReplyCancel

    • Belinda Irvine

      is a great reason to get him going! So a small chocolate related treat is just fine by me!ReplyCancel

  • Jess Pohlner

    My kids favourite afternoon snack is strawberries and bananas with chocolate dipping sauceReplyCancel

  • Crystal Donohue

    I love making healthy but delicious snacks to keep their energy levels up! Snacks such as apples or bananas with peanut butter, smoothies or mini sandwiches with salad. Scrumptious!ReplyCancel

  • Rosslyn Tadd

    Living in Queensland means afternoon treats are frozen fruit coconut milk smoothies in Summer and cold Milo with coconut milk in Winter. All sugar free, gluten free and dairy free.ReplyCancel

  • Bronwyn

    Ice cold watermelon and using cookie cutters, cut into shapes! Perfect on a hot day to revive kiddies :-)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Peanut butter on celery is an oldie, but a goodie! The perfect wholesome and delicious post-school treat!ReplyCancel

  • Ange

    Puff Pastry Scrolls – Preheat oven to 180c. Spread a sheet of brought puff pastry with pizza sauce, sprinkle on some diced ham and grated cheese. Roll to form a pinwheel, cut into 9 pieces. Bake on a lined baking tray for approx 15-20 mins until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Vegemite and Cheese can also be used instead of ham & cheese.ReplyCancel

    • Ange

      Sorry!! Just saw the Jan 15 post…..????ReplyCancel

  • Alana F

    Cheesy Macaroni Pasta (complete with secret healthy Cauliflower Broccoli, Avocado and Ham mixed in) my little Miss 1’s favourite after day-care snack! I dont mind stealing a bit also :)ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Gover

    Simon – age 12 loves a platter of cut up fruit and vegetables that he can dip into hummus.
    Matthew – age 15 arrives home and make toasted cheese sandwiches.
    James – age 17 will either make pineapple nachos (crushed pineapple and cheese on nacho chips then microwaved) or avocado, tomato and hummus on crackers, followed by 2 bananas, and a bowl of Weetabix, or three pieces of toast, and a bowl of soup, or …ReplyCancel

  • Teena L

    My youngest will always go for an ice pole, and living in Darwin its hard to say no and it doesn’t really fill her up before tea! My eldest loves plums at the moment!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah K

    My sons favourite snack would be a trip to any fast food outlet he could get his hands on… Fortunately I bring him his other favourite treat banana bread. ????ReplyCancel

  • Renee

    cheese and appleReplyCancel

  • Sharon

    My son’s favourite snack are chocolate chip cookies.ReplyCancel

  • Ria thompson

    Raspberries and cheese cubes!!ReplyCancel

  • Nadia R

    My kids are always starving when they get home from school, and so I like to bake them something to welcome them home after a day of not seeing them. One of their favourites is Chocolate Weetbix Slice. It’s a recipe my Nana passed onto me, she made it for my Mum when she was little and my Mum made it for me too :) It’s cheap and easy, so always a winner!

    3 weetbix, crushed
    1 cup sifted SR flour
    1 cup sugar
    1 cup desiccated coconut
    1/2 cup (113g) of butter or margarine
    1 tablespoon cocoa

    Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl. Melt butter and pour it over the top. Mix through. Press into a prepared slice tin and bake in a 180 degree oven for approx 15 minutes. Ice it while it’s hot with chocolate icing (just icing sugar, cocoa and water) and sprinkle with coconut. When cold cut into squares. Enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Karen .e

    My kiddies love a mixed plate of cut up fruit with a small tub of homemade yoghurt to dip it inReplyCancel

  • Vicky Ham

    My son loves pancakes. Simple, easy and keeps him going until dinner.
    1 cup SR. flour
    1/2 tspn baking powder
    1/4 cup caster sugar
    2 eggs
    1/2 -3/4 cup milkReplyCancel

  • Vicky Ham

    My son loves pancakes. Simple, easy and keeps him going until dinner.

    1 cup SR. flour
    1/2 tspn baking powder
    1/4 cup caster sugar
    2 eggs
    1/2 -3/4 cup milk (use as much as you need to get your desired consistency – everyone likes their pancakes different!)

    Sift dry ingridents into a bowl and whisk in the wet until smooth and bubbly. Cool as you cook pancakes, and enjoy with whatever your heart desires ??

    Cohen’s favourite is with Nutella and rainbow sprinkles!ReplyCancel

  • Lara (and Ava) Daebritz

    A mix of plain popped corn, chopped dried apricot and/or apple, sultanas, pepitas (and if the school allows it, a few nuts).ReplyCancel

  • My kids favourite at the moment is cherry tomatoes. They can’t get enough of them! My cheesymite scrolls (only 4 ingredients) are also a big hit!ReplyCancel

  • I make pikelets with butter, jam and cream. My mum used to make them for me after school and so I continue the tradition. You can’t beat that buttery smell as you walk in, drop your bags and see a plate full of hot yummy pikelets ready to eat. Good old fashioned baking is always a winner ????ReplyCancel

  • Tash Green

    My kids love anything after school they are usually starving lol but I would have to say their favourite is banana bread and a big fruit platter.ReplyCancel

  • Up from his nap
    Give that butt a slap
    Then into his chair with a kiss from mumma bear.
    We keep snack time simple
    A nice peice of toast
    With a thin layer of jam then
    he’s a very happy little man.
    Then on he goes, ready for his favourite.
    It’s not fancy or difficult to make.
    A stick of cucumber (because he really hates cake).
    Sometimes we change it up with a biscuit or two, some fruit is so fresh.
    He likes a mango seed best.
    When it’s all said and done, he’s as sticky as a bee that’s fallen into his own pot of honey.ReplyCancel

  • Andreea Nicolescu

    Zucchini slice or ham and egg muffins, and a fruit platterReplyCancel

  • These savoury muffins are delicious – very moist and tasty! It’s a hit every time (and very easy to make). For the vegies, I usually add carrot, zucchini and sundried tomatoes. I also omit/reduce the chives.ReplyCancel

  • Summer

    Well we are just about to start this tradition as today is my oldest son’s first day of school. On any given day he will love any piece of fruit he can get his hands on. Today, I have promised him to go for a milkshake after school. It will be interesting to see how much food comes back home from his lunch box. Wish me luck. :'(ReplyCancel

50+ Freezer friendly lunch box food ideas

Loads of freezer friendly lunch box ideas. Plus tips on how to freeze and defrost. This will save you so much time when packing lunches for the kids.

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  • Vonni

    Tupperware are selling Freezer Mates at the moment. I had a party last week and mine arrived last night. Your blog post was very well timed Katrina. I’ve not frozen my baking before so I plan to do a trial run before the kids go back to school.

    I purchased the family size set. If these ones work as well as they say, I will definitely get more.ReplyCancel

  • Waverney Brooks

    Great collection. I’ll be keeping this for future reference. And just to clarify, Tupperware FreezerMates are back in regular range.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Thak you Waverney, I didn’t realise, the container I have wasn’t from the Freezer Mate range I don’t think, was just a special offer from the specials catalogue many moons ago :)ReplyCancel

  • Alison

    Thanks for the great ideas. The peanut butter rice bubble slice is not school friendly with the no nut policy.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes your right Alison, all schools have very different restrictions. Actually my kids are going to a new school and I haven’ read the restrictions in their literature yet, must look into it!ReplyCancel

      • Kelly

        My school is allowed nuts, the only things we are not allowed are prepackaged foods or lollys, chips, soft drink, cordial, chocolate or high sugar foods.ReplyCancel

    • Theresa

      You could replaced the peanut butter with sunflower butter or other nut butter replacements. Just a thought…ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      Not every school is nut free though, so for me this recipe was great as I like the kids to have a range of nuts in their diet.ReplyCancel

      • Theresa

        So true it was just an idea. I don’t have nut allergies but I do like to switch up different type of nut butters just for the flavor difference. :)ReplyCancel

  • Yvonne Bentley

    Thanks so much for all these recipes and ideas. Now I just have to make room in the freezer. I have never bought all these prepackaged instant snacks eg. muesli bars. So this is great it gives me a bigger choice of sweet, savoury snacks.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      That’s what I am trying to do too Yvonne getting close to it nearly being empty-ish enough to fill up with some baking!ReplyCancel

  • This year with two at school I vow that I AM going to bake ahead – great list, thanks Kat! I think I need more containers though!ReplyCancel

  • Del

    Hi. Do the muffins stick together when frozen? How do you get just one out? I love freezing baking but I thought you had to wrap them individually in glad wrap or baking paper to stop them sticking . . . .ReplyCancel

    • Jade

      I was wondering the sameReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Del, No i’ve never had any stick together, They break apart fine.:)ReplyCancel

  • kylie montgomery

    Do you cook the vegemite scrolls on the day of use or cook then freeze? Wondering if freezing if they would go doughy on thawing? Hope you can shed some light so I dont have to test.

    Thanks for all the great tips. Looking forward to a easy breezy return to school.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kylie you can cook them on the day or they freeze great too, A big hit with the kids.:)ReplyCancel

      • Lauren


        Thanks for sharing this great idea! I love the freezer boxes I will be buying 2 from World Kitchen at $16.60 each but they seem great! :)

        I don’t have any kids but I work full time so this will make lunches easier on me so I can spend more time at the gym! Possibly looking into a healthy version of cupcakes 😛 or maybe savory muffins or something similar :) any ideas are appreciatedReplyCancel

  • Natalie

    Hi, Thanks for all of the awesome recipes! Busy saving them all ready for back to school :)

    You mention you put them in the lunchbox frozen in the mornings and I am wondering if this would also work where lunchboxes are kept in fridges at school or if I should get them out the night before?

    Thanks again!

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Natalie, i would probably take them out the night before if they keep lunchboxes in the fridge at school just so they are ready for them to eat at morning tea.ReplyCancel

  • Cara

    Just wondering if there is anything you’ve found that goes soggy when defrosted?ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaD

    Lots of yummy ideas.

    I have a close friend who can’t eat gluten (wheat etc flour). Some flour free suggestions for freezing –
    mini meatballs or rissoles based on a bread & flour free recipe,
    mini fish cakes,
    pieces of fresh pineapple (guilt free iceblocks),
    gluten free mini muffins,
    flour free bubble and squeak,
    little rice puddingsReplyCancel

  • FleurC

    Hey there Katrina, I am so so sooooo happy I stumbled across your site. My 5yo starts prep tomorrow and he is a terrible eater, I am talking an hour to eat a sandwich or a banana and thats with A LOT of encouragement!!!!! There are so many things that you have listed here that I think he will just love. Not to mention the fact that I had no idea you could freeze baked things without them going all yuck!!
    Thanks again for sharing :)
    Cheers FleurReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Fleur, Ooh that is wonderful! So glad you have found us and enjoying the blog. I hope your son has had a great first day of school and enjoying your baking.:)ReplyCancel

  • I have meal left after making nut milk and use them to make what I call ‘power balls’. I process them with coconut oil, cocoa powder, dates and nuts, then hand roll them into balls. Very filling and absolutely delicious, you can make ahead with varieties such as jam in the middle of the ball, or with dried fruits. Apart from Tupperware and Sistema I find Lock N Lock storage boxes great as freezer storage boxes too.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh Audrey they sound absolutely amazing!! And super healthy too.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your freezer ideas and your site (my cousin shared this link on her Facebook page and got hooked from there!) :-) I have only just found it as have just ‘discovered’ freezer cooking. I work full time, run my own private practice / website outside of work hours and will also be doing post grad study all through this year and identified that the first thing to fall off my list when am tired and stressed is… cooking dinner / making lunches and man its expensive buying 3 meals a day at my work cafeteria!
    If you have any other parts of your site that you think could help me — would love to hear about it!
    Also – love the layout of your site — so easy to navigate :-)
    Thanks again – See more at:

  • Hi, I just wanted to tell you how much I love your freezer ideas and your site (my cousin shared this link on her Facebook page and got hooked from there!) :-) I have only just found it as have just ‘discovered’ freezer cooking. I work full time, run my own private practice / website outside of work hours and will also be doing post grad study all through this year and identified that the first thing to fall off my list when am tired and stressed is… cooking dinner / making lunches and man its expensive buying 3 meals a day at my work cafeteria!
    If you have any other parts of your site that you think could help me — would love to hear about it!
    Also – love the layout of your site — so easy to navigate :-)
    Thanks againReplyCancel

  • Peggy

    Looks brilliantReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      .:) The kids really enjoy them.ReplyCancel

  • Kaz

    Great ideas. I’m going to try it!
    Do you know how long you can keep muffins etc. in the freezer? (before they get frosty etc) thanks!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I would say easily 3 months, depending that you have a good airtight containerReplyCancel

  • Suzanne

    Wonderful list- thanks for sharing, Kat! We’ll be done with school in two weeks, so I’ve been looking for recipes to freeze for summer break lunches. My girls are old enough to at least pull something out of the freezer and heat up for themselves without much supervision. I miss my babies, but there are definite advantages to having slightly older kids, too!ReplyCancel

  • Amy

    Hi Katrina what a wonderful list of baked goods for lunchboxes that can be frozen. You have motivated me to start a big bake up today! Thank you! Also loved your school holiday job list & ideas to keep the kids busy when they are bored. Love your blog xxReplyCancel

  • fran

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you for this! i have been feeling a bit overwhelmed about having a new bub arrive while 1 starts school and 1 starts kindergarten and trying to keep the office work for our business ticking over all at the same time! I’m realising planning ahead and cooking/baking in large batches is really the only way forward :-)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes planning will be key for you Fran and I have found recently that with my kids starting school early these days, I am making their dinners the night before, and it saves so much time in the mornings.ReplyCancel

Boys Haircut Tutorials

I have been contemplating do I or don’t I cut my son’s hair ready for school, be frugal.  I found some great online tutorials which I thought you may enjoy too! Plus there is another great step by step tutorial from Frugal Fun for Boys.   Click here to view all other posts in our […]

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  • BH

    Do it. I have 3 boys and estimate I save over $300 a year with home haircuts. It always grows back!ReplyCancel

  • Claudette Andrie

    My son absolutely hates getting his hair cut. I use the clippers but he cries all the time. When I take him to the hair dresser he seems ok about it. Maybe I’m doing something wrong??? I’m very gentle with him.ReplyCancel

  • I don’t have kids, but I’ve been thinking I should learn how to cut my other half’s hair. It would save us a fair bit across the course of the year. I normally only get my hair cut once a year (it’s not coloured or straightened or anything), but Boyfriend gets his done every 6 weeks or so.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes my son is the same, every 5 weeks he is off to the hairdressers having his hair cut.:)ReplyCancel

24 Reader School Bag Nooks

A few days ago I shared 25 School Bag Storage Ideas and so many lovely readers sent through images of their spaces, thank you to each of you for sharing, as your images can inspire others to create a space that will work in their home. Please note this slide show below, sharing over 20 different […]

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  • Marni

    this is amazing, thank you kat for putting together such inspiration for us, I’m not sure you realize the impact you make on my life and I am sure many others. now off to install a bag nook!ReplyCancel

  • This is such an inspiring collection – thanks for including my little space too! It is amazing how a previously empty, boring little hallway is now one of my favourite spots in the house – makes me smile every time I walk past and see all the bags hung up and out of the way, hats and bags and gear so easy to access. I guess this is the natural high one gets from being organised, huh 😉 (I don’t experience it alllll that often, lol) xxReplyCancel

    • nicole

      I love the hooks for your bags and was wondering where I might be able to find some!! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • I wish I had more space to use some of these great ideas! Thanks for including my pic. I’ve just noticed though that I need to clear off the pin board ready for the new influx of notes and bits!ReplyCancel

Reusable Pouch Ideas for lunchboxes

Check out these reusable pouch ideas, these food pouches are reusable, dishwasher safe and so easy to use.

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  • Vonni

    Hi Karina.

    Are they the 100ml pouches you are filling with yoghurt? How well do these fit in your Sandwich Keeper Plus lunchboxes? Thanks for the back to school series. Love it!!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes I used the 100ml for the yoghurt, they fit perfectly just ontop of the sandwich in the SKP. Lay a piece of baking paper between the sandiwch and the pouch so the condensation from the pouch doesn’t make the sandwich go soggy :)ReplyCancel

  • Tanja

    Those pouches are a great idea! Just placed an order for them. My kids have one of the ready made ones with yoghurt each day for school and these will save me a fortune. Hopefully they remember to bring them home! Thank you for posting the link and info for these!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Yes, that is the trick Tanja and a few on facebook are saying their kids lose the lids, so remind them to place the lids back on too!ReplyCancel

  • Whilst I love the use of reusable pouches, I try to purchase a plain Greek yoghurt with no additives or preservatives. Then I am free to flavor with what I see fit, for example some honey, fresh fruit, and even add some vital greens powder.
    Even buy doing this you will be saving a lot of money and knowing your kids will be having a much healthier lunch.
    Feel free to check out sinchies at they come in a variety of sizes for big and little kids.ReplyCancel

  • Georgia

    I’ve been wanting someone to invent these for ages. Hooray. I always buy a small tub of Greek yoghurt and mix it into the big tub of vanilla valia yoghurt I buy and the kids don’t know its there. You can’t even taste the difference but I like knowing I’ve watered it down a bit. I put water into all the juice bottles in the house too, and soda water into any soft drinks. If the kids knew they would go nuts but what they don’t know doesn’t hurt them! Ps. Joined this blog three days ago. You are my saviour. thanks xo PPs. Cleaned my handbag yday! 😉ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Welcome to the blog Georgia. That’s the bonus, knowing what we are putting into our kids. I’ve seen some horrid pictures on facebook recently of people using store purchased pureed fruit or veg pouches and they were mouldy inside. Many of the brands are reputable, but it just comes down to you know how fresh the contents are inside if you make them yourself.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    Can you freeze these with yoghurt? I’ve also done apple purée and filled some by scooping out a tray of mangoes that were very ripe.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I haven’t but absolutely, I would imagine too that the yoghurt would be that little bit colder too for the kids for school, actually love that idea!!ReplyCancel

    • Hi Lisa, they freeze with yoghurt very well. You will find that they are a thinner consistency when defrosted. My kids just give them an extra squish to mix it all in before eating!ReplyCancel

  • Cath

    How does everyone clean their pouches? The dishwasher wasn’t a success for me and when I hand wash I can’t get a scourer into the corners.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Cath, if I didn’t rinse them straight away the dishwasher won’t clean them properly. I use a brush I got many years ago from Tupperware to clean the drink bottles, it’s like a bit toothbrush and it works perfectly…. in fact just a regular toothbrush could work great I would suggest!ReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Cath 😀 My Lil Pouch has a very wide opening which makes filling and cleaning easier. I find blowing into the pouch and expanding it as much as possible before opening it for the dishwasher or using a bottle brush means they come out squeaky clean!ReplyCancel

    • Louise

      We hand wash ours first and use the bottle brush, thats usually enough, but we will throw them in the dishwasher too!ReplyCancel

  • Karen

    I *love* these! I freeze yoghurt in them for school lunchboxes and it separates a little but a good squish and it’s good to go! So easy to fill and clean too with the ziplock top :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      I agree, Karen! They are fantastic.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    Hi Katrina, what size pouches are these please and thank-you!ReplyCancel

  • What an excellent idea for kids, i also like these for kids

  • Renae

    Hi I love this idea and refuse to buy the pouches of yoghurt at the shops due to their expense. Just wondering which size is best 140ml or 200ml. My kids are nearly 7 and 9. Also is the spout on the side annoying to put in lunch boxes or fits in fine or can be folded back to fit. ThankyouReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Renae, we find that our 100ml pouch is the perfect size for lunchboxes as it is a little smaller than most sandwiches! You can also fold the spout in a little if needed!
      The 100ml pouch is also a great size for most hungry bellies that have a piece of fruit, biccies as well during morning/afternoon tea!ReplyCancel

  • Vicki

    Hi katrina do the sip lock at the top open when you squeeze them?ReplyCancel

    • My Lil Pouch

      Hi Vicki – all of our pouches have a strong double ziplock seal across the opening. We find it to be very robust and durable.
      With the side spout design most kids hold the pouch with one hand at the top and one hand at the bottom directing the pressure away from the ziplock anyway!ReplyCancel

  • Fern Warren

    We used reusable pouches in our lunchboxes all last year and they are BRILLIANT!! We put fruit and vegie purees, yoghurt, custard, sago pudding, coconut chia pudding, etc in ours. We found after one of the boys lost a lid once, that attaching the lid to the pouch with a thread of dental floss (I know it sounds weird!), so that you can take the lid off and on but it dangles there still attached while not in use, that all our lids have come home since! We use dental floss instead of string or anything else as it is very strong and waterproof and won’t harbour germs like string might! Hope this helps!!! xxxReplyCancel

  • Natalie Atgiaras

    Hi I’m just wondering where do I get these reusable pouches from? I haven’t seen them anywhere.ReplyCancel

    • Kerry

      I get my pouches from Sinchies, the original reusable pouch, designed by an Australian mum, they’ve been around for about 3 years. All their pouches are clear which is awesome so you can see for cleaning which I love!ReplyCancel

  • Louise

    I use My lil pouches all the time, I have to say from ordering through to delivery their service is amazing.

    I have been using these for 12 months, they are great, I have made several orders as I used them as easter gifts last year (filled with mini eggs), ordered some for my sister in the UK for her daughter, My little man who is almost 3 is very fussy with his yoghurt, so I buy the bug tub of his fav and use these for preschool, going out and about in snack bag, I use them for custard for my older son, smootheys, your options are endless. I did buy the labels, and the biggers caps for my boys too. They love love love them.

    I am now 6 months pregnant with our surprise number 3, and I am so not wasting money on shop bought pouched foods now, I will be using these for our new addition with home-made goodness when the time arrives.

    For those of you are not sure, just buy a small pack to start, Honestly they are worth the money and savings are there in the long term.

    I am one happy mummy and I have two very happy boys with these pouches.


  • Nancy

    Hi Katrina, do the Lil Pouch 100ml pouches have a single snap lock seal on each pouch or is it a double zip lock top seal ?ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Nancy, the pouches have a single snap lock seal.ReplyCancel

25 school bag storage ideas

When my kids started kindy I kept the kid’s school bags in the pantry, as they really didn’t need them while at home as all we packed in them was their lunch.  It was unnecessary to have them cluttering up their bedroom.  But soon, their bags were cluttering up my pantry, on the floor being kicked […]

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  • Thanks for sharing my command centre/launch pad. Lots of great options in this post :)ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      You are very welcome Stacey-Lee, worth sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Thanks for featuring our entryway. I love the roundup of all the fabulous organizational ideas! :)ReplyCancel

  • Great top 25, for soem other great kids thingsReplyCancel

  • Thanks for including my command centre and backpack bins! I love all the ideas in this post!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa

    Where can I get those metal paper storage bins?ReplyCancel

  • theresa

    please tell me where i can get any of the paper holders. dont really know what they are called, but they hang on the wall.ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Theresa, do you mean the 3M hanging hooks? They can be purchased from any large retail shop.ReplyCancel

5 Pillars of a Successful Homeschool Journey

Starting homeschooling doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. Here are a mum’s tips on how to make the process smooth and simple for everyone.

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  • Michelle

    I have always being interested in how to go about homeschooling a family and this is a great article. Loved your organisation ideas and outsourcing tips!!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome suggestions as ever Eva!! One of my tasks for this week is to finalise the planning for our “away from home” schooling adventure, so it was very timely! E xReplyCancel

Back to School Countdown Sign

Click here to view all other posts in our Back to School Series My kids are so looking forward to be going back to school that they started counting down on the 1st January.  They are all starting a new school this year so there is that element of excitement for them.  I don’t remember being this […]

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  • Hi there! I’m doing a back to school series on my blog as well – but more from a teacher’s point of view – eg separation anxiety, giving your child a head start in reading, tips for parents/teachers etc.
    If it’s ok I’ll include some links to your back to school posts if my readers are looking for organisation tips! :)ReplyCancel

A guide to choosing the best lunch box for kids

Click here to view all other posts in our Back to School Series Choosing a lunch box can be confusing with so many different varieties and styles to choose from, considering all things from the size, finding an insulated bag to fit the lunch box and accessories.  Whilst keeping in mind the lunch box should be made […]

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  • Sally

    I have a teenage boy who does not like sandwiches or anything cold other than fruit as long as it’s not messy or in a container, ie an apple. Looking for lunch ideas for him to eat some thing healthy but do that he is still ‘cool’.ReplyCancel

    • Belinda

      What about savoury muffins? They can be healthy & are less boring than sandwiches & can be cooked ahead & frozen.

      I must get a few batches of these done before school returns, I use them as a back up when I’m out of bread or my daughter & husband are getting bored with their lunches.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Great idea Belinda, I do the same, have savoury muffins in the freezer or rice cakes in the pantry for end of week lunch ideas when I have run out of bread.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sally I’ll share some ideas in the coming weeks during the series for you :)ReplyCancel

  • Vonni

    I am in love with the Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus lunchboxes (My boys are 7 & 9 and there is still plenty of room for the amount they eat). My only issue was that I couldn’t fit certain brands of yoghurt in them as the single tubs were too tall. Then I discovered that the Sistema small size snack containers (with the clips on the sides) will fit in the main compartment. I just cut the sandwich in half and put it in the biggest of the snack compartments to make it all fit. It’s cheaper to buy the kilo tubs of yoghurt and to portion them yourself. Problem solved.

    I didn’t like using the Sistema and Nude Food lunchboxes with all those little compartments and lids. Too much of a hassle to clean.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love that tip Vonni, yes I found quite a few tub didn’t fit, if you use the sectioned section at the back they fit a little better than the front. But yes I sometimes too cut the sandwich in half and put to the side.

      You may also like me My Lil Pouches for your yoghurts, portion them out all ready to go for school lunches.ReplyCancel

  • Natasha

    Thank you – great reviews of lunch boxes. We used the Nudie ones last year. Great idea and style but never again! I think my 3 children went through 3 each during the year (yes, you would think I’d learn, but towards the middle if the year and beyond, it was very difficult to find any other alternatives!) They break so easily and are impossible to clean.

    Trying to work out which ones to try this year.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      All these are available online and pretty certain all through out the year too :)ReplyCancel

    • Maryanne

      We had these break on us too! We are trying sistma Klip It – Large split. It is 2 litre size one side is big enough for two sandwiches cut in half if just a spread or 1.5 sandwiches of salad etc. The second side fits fruit, snack and biscuits. Hoping for a better outcome this year.
      Good luck on which ever box you decide on!ReplyCancel

    • Shane

      we had the nude food movers break on us too – I contacted them & they replaced them – along with a bonus of the insulated covers. Unfortunately the new ones broke too & I’ll never buy them again.ReplyCancel

    • Jo

      Yes! I used Nude Food Movers this year and what a pain. Difficult to wash and both broke during the first term. Never again.ReplyCancel

  • Kirsty

    Cool reviews on all these lunchboxes. I also use the Tupperware sandwich keeper plus containers and have since my kids were at kindy (now 5 & 7). I don’t like that they don’t fit a banana in easily (unless I get small ones, but even then they don’t fit most of the time). My son doesn’t like his banana getting squashed and bruised. Otherwise I love them! Katrina, just wondering what lunchboxes you are going to use now that you need bigger ones?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Kirsty, I am tossing up between the lunchbots, there is a range of different sizes, I liked they are smalled and sectioned so I can put in a muffin and fruit and then sandwich, fruit and snack. Or the fliplid, still haven’t made up my mind, but I should do it soon.ReplyCancel

      • Mel

        What about the go green it’s big enough for a whole banana and it’s a decent size and quality.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Ooh i should add I do have some of the easyLunchboxes here too and they are great, I can’t wait till Little Bento World gets them in the bright colours too.ReplyCancel

  • Belinda

    As a relief teacher, I have to keep my lunch with me so here is what I use. I bought a FridgeToGo from Howard’s Storage World. This fits my NFM lunchbox in it perfectly. When I need to clean the lunchbox, I take the lids off the little compartments and wash. Then they simply click back in. I have tried other types and ways of taking my lunch, and this has been the way I have done it for 2014, and I will definitely be using it again in 2015.ReplyCancel

  • J

    What’s your take on the planetboxes? Is there anywhere in Australia you can buy them?ReplyCancel

    • Mel W

      These guys sell Planetbox in Aus:

    • Eva

      There is now a stockist in Australia but they are $80 for a set…..I am very keen to find out what they are like as I have been coveting these boxes for my children for ages!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      J, i think they are more suited for little kids rather than primary school aged children. Only because they don’t seem to hold enough food for bigger school aged children.ReplyCancel

  • Sally

    I need a lunch box that is easy for my four year old to open at pre school. Any recommendations?ReplyCancel

    • Amanda Dick

      Hi. I have both the Yumbox and Fuel Bento and my 4 year old had no problem opening either.. I just had to dhow him a couple of times. I got mine from Munchbox Mini online :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth

    Help! I have two teenage boys that won’t eat at school?ReplyCancel

  • Deb

    I travel a lot for work so it was important for me to buy something that kept my food cold for hours. I bought a Fit&Fresh Lunch to Go Kit from Store&Order and it’s the best lunchbox ever. It has 2 levels, 3 compartments and an ice pack in the middle. It would be great for kids too. I also bought the Skip Hop Butterfly bottle & lunch bag from them too for my little girl. She loves it and it makes her so much more excited to go to school.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Sounds great Deb!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hilary

    Easy to open is another important component for me. As a kindergarten teacher it is really helpful if your child is able to open their lunchbox and food containers on their own. Some lunchboxes are so tough there is no way little fingers can get into them and by the time the teacher gets around to all the children who need help a lot of eating time can be wasted. It’s a good idea to practice in the holidays before school starts.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Really good tips, Hilary. Thank you for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Lauren

    I have asked and i am sorry but i cant find the original post,

    I saw you had cut up water melon in one of your posts about tupper fridge mates (with the broccoli etc)

    How long would Watermelon stay good to eat in the tupper containers

    (note to self, click notify me of follow up unlike last time)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    That’s fine Lauren. It should last 5-7 days, but being precut and so easy to access we usually eat it much quicker than that.ReplyCancel

    • Lauren

      Ok great!
      After reading this I purchased 2 flipLid lunch boxes. Can’t wait to try.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie

    Which lunchbox should I get for 8 and 10 year old? It would be nice to have lunchbox, ice brick and water bottle somehow fit together so it’s all there each night. Also, my 8 and 10 yo usually have 2 sandwiches, fruit and a snack. Which size would I need?ReplyCancel

  • Eva Lavelle

    Hi Katrina – don’t suppose you checked out the Planetbox lunchboxes? I know they are now selling from a stockist in Australia but at $80 a pop I am not too sure whether I want to spend so much without first knowing what they are like?

    Quite like the look of the greenlunch box though – researched these as well as the planetbox.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Eva, Yes i have heard of the Planetbox. I personally don’t think they are bigger enough. Maybe for a small child but i don’t think they would grow with the child. Much prefer the Greenlunch box.:)ReplyCancel

      • Eva Lavelle

        Cheers for that comment Katrina – do you know the cup capacity of each? Only asking because they look very similar in size to me (Go Green seems a bit deeper but Planetbox bigger). I couldn’t find any indication of capacity for either. Also – are there any other places that sell the Go Green because Trendy Little Treats seem to have sold out (eta 23rd Jan which is just before school goes back and I am not sure I want to risk it not arriving in time).ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    Don’t you have issues with condensation when using an ice brick or frozen popper?

    My local ‘King of Knives’ store had a ‘PackIt Freezable Lunch Bag’ where you actually put the whole lunch bag in the freezer and the cooling technology is built into the walls. Zip closure locks cold, dry air inside lunch bag and the exterior stays moisture free

    Wondering if anyone has used one and what they thought.ReplyCancel

    • I live in central Qld and tried these before last summer …. on a covered patio in the middle of the day was warm in a couple of hours. Our kids don’t have a fridge in their class rooms – no way I was going to trust this one during summer months. Maybe winter or southern states?ReplyCancel

  • Emma

    Thanks for the great post! I’ve been struggling to find a good all-in-one lunchbox option as my son always has trouble rearranging his array of containers back into his lunchbag! Does anyone know if the My Lil Pouches fit into a Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus??ReplyCancel

  • S j

    I’m amazed at the cost of the systema products. I live in the uk and they would only be about £15-£20 (at a push) not sure how much that is in $ but a little less. Granted they are not personalised though.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Kirby

    I have 4 kids and have been sending lunches with kids for 17 years,
    I have struggled with various lunch boxes over the years.Food gets caught in the seams and they get smelly in our hot summers
    By far and away the best has been the Neoprene(wet suit material)
    It has rounded edges and easily machine washed and they last for years.
    I use the Built brand.It is important that the Zip is strong and won’t rust with washing
    My kids have been using theirs for 5 years now.
    I always put an ice pack in and use plastic containers inside eg sandwich containers I get containers with attached lids so lids don’t get lost.
    My kids like to walk around during lunch (at high school you can)so I put certain
    snacks in Ziplock bagsReplyCancel

  • Suzie

    Our DS1 is in year 1 this year. After a lot of consideration prior to kindy we ended up getting the Decor Duo 3 lunchbox. It was a cost effective investment at approx $6 & fits in other brand cooler bags such as smash, sistema etc. We would be using this box again this year, only DS1 has asked for a bigger box (hollow legs I swear ????) so have upgraded to the Duo 2. Also as a side note DH & I had a great time reminiscing about using these lunch boxes all through our school years (I had the Duo 3 K-12 & DH had Duo 2 K-10). Great to know that there are still products like this out there!ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Love the good ole favourites!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia

    From what I’ve read, the Tupperware range is not BPA-free.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle

    Hi Katrina, just wondering if you used any containers in the sandwich keeper plus? My son loves fruit like melon and I wouldn’t want the juice leaking into his sandwich. Do the Tupperware snack cups fit? Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • KatrinaD

    A lovely selection of lunchboxes and some great advice.

    I’ve noticed that Aldi has some lunch bags and boxes in the back to school season. They look OK and some have freezer packs – perhaps a good option for anyone with a budget in the Nudie Food price range.

    I like using my lunch box and bag as a mini picnic set. Especially useful when travelling by carReplyCancel

  • Nancy

    Would the go green lunch box fit in the insulated sleeve? Great article!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

    Hi Nancy I believe they do come with an insulated sleeve already, contact Mel from Trendy Lil Treats and she will be happy to help you :)ReplyCancel

  • Julia

    I like the sandwich keeper plus, just not sure how do you keep the ice brick with the sandwich box? Do you need an extra carry bag for this-which brand? The Sandwich keeper plus itself is quiet long 30cm.
    On the Tupperware website there is Fashionista set which includes the carry bag and the lunch box, just looks to big to fit it all in a school bag. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Megan

    Thanks for the great article. I have a lunchbox with lots of seperate small containers and lids and my kindy daughter has already lost 2 lids. She loves a mountain bread wrap for lunch and I wonder if they will work in the bento style box. we wrap in glad wrap so it doesn’t fall apart – will it work.

  • Amanda


    Great round up! Thanks!

    We have the yumbox original but I’m thinking of moving onto the panino, given it is sandwich friendly.

    Do you know which insulated lunch bags fit the yum box? I know So Young does, but it’s a little too young for my son. Any other ideas?


  • Penny

    Hi – just an FYI – I bought a Skip Hop zoo kids lunch box at the start of the year to go with our lady bug bag. It didn’t last beyond first term. The lid cracked and the fastener on each side snapped off. Very cute to look at but the quality is not good.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      thank you for the feedback Penny :)ReplyCancel

  • Nadine

    Katrina, can you comment on the durability of the Yumboxes? I recently purchased two Tupperware Sandwich Keeper Plus lunchboxes for my son and within a month the lids were cracking and the seals starting to tear. (Tupperware’s replacement warranty won’t cover impact-related damage so there goes $80 down the drain!)

    I’m looking at buying a Yumbox but want to get an idea of the durability in terms of how drop-resistant they are and whether the clasps are sturdy. Any feedback you can share would be appreciated!ReplyCancel

    • Kate - Kat's Assistant

      Hi Nadine, my girls have been using the Yumbox for a while now. They are a very strong hard plastic with a durable clasp easy for little fingers. Though like anything i guess if it was dropped hard enough it may crack. We haven’t experienced this though.ReplyCancel

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  • Rachel

    Loving the back to school schedule – have downloaded the organiser but would have loved a app like thing that I can keep on my phone and check off as i go – just a thought. Amazed at your organisationReplyCancel

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During the month of January I slowly prep the kids and home in preparation for back to school.  I will be sharing a month long series of posts filled with loads of tips and ideas so you are ready for Day 1 of school, including freezable lunchbox ideas, storage solutions, printable charts to help you create routines and […]

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  • Rebecca

    I’d like to hear about other Mum’s lunch ideas for fussy eaters.

    How often to other Mum’s bake and freeze lunch box snacks ie once a week, once a month etc?


    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Rebecca, I like to do all my baking on the weekend and freeze it all, ready for the week ahead.ReplyCancel

  • Felicity

    Hi, I’ll be a new mum to school this year as my oldest is starting prep. I would love to hear any tips for the first year of school.

    • Kiki

      Be prepared for them to be super tired at the end of the day, especially the end of the week. I had portions of premade dinners frozen as well as simple easy dinners like precooked sausages. This way if all she could manage would to eat some food, have a quick shower and fall into bed, she wasn’t waiting around for dinner to cook. I’d also keep some of our dinner from the night before in the fridge so it wasn’t always reheated frozen dinners. Being prepared for their exhaustion is the biggest thing I think.

      I’d also let my girls have breakfast in the car if they had trouble getting up in the morning. I found breakfast to be the thing that took the longest to get done and leaving it until last worked for us. My girls are happy to have toast or dried cereal on our way to school.ReplyCancel

    • Jess

      Few tips
      1. Velcro shoes
      2. Label everything
      3. Make sure they can recognise first and last name
      4. Have lunchtime practice, you’ll know how much they can eat in the time allowed and whether they can open everything you pack
      5. Always send a spare uniform
      6. Take a fun day to pick bags, go shoe shopping, lunchboxes etc. to get them excited.ReplyCancel

  • Liliam Sheridan

    Do yoy recommend any type/brand/style of lunch boxes? Easy to clean, easy to storage, dishwasher safe etc? Is it better with divisions?ReplyCancel

    • Katrina

      Definitely Tupperware. The lifetime guarantee means never having to replace broken lunch boxes. Let’s face it kids school bags get trampled on, thrown in the car and on the ground. It’s bound to happen. I prefer to use individual containers now they are at school rather than the one segmented box. The reason for this is at our school the kids have 3 eating sessions. They start with brain food whilst working, then lunch and then snack. With the rules on allergies etc there are eating zones at scho and if they don’t finish during the scheduled time they go outside and containers go in a tub outside the classroom. If that container has food left in it, it is not suitable to eat later. (Sitting out in the heat).ReplyCancel

      • Sandra

        My boys use fridgetogo lunch bags. They keep really cold for 8 hours so packing early in the morning is fine and there no question how lunch will taste hours later.. Different sizes available for little and big kids.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Liliam, Perfect timing! If you come back to the blog tomorrow you can read all about choosing the perfect lunchbox!.:)ReplyCancel

  • Katrina

    I would like to see what schedules/routines people do for their kids to manage homework, sports and chores! What chores do you think are suitable for primary aged kids and should they receive pocket money and how much?ReplyCancel

    • Susie

      Really good questions, Katrina – I am really interested in this too. Also Casey’s ‘desk organisation’. Thanks!ReplyCancel

      • Lisa Ryder

        My three kids (ages 9, 7.5 & 6) do swimming plus one sport each. As I will be working 4 days per week and hubby is a shift worker, it pays to be organised – especially meals and homework!

        The days there is little on after school, the kids spend a bit longer on homework/reading to allow for a lapse on another occasion. For example at swimming I have them do their reading with me whilst a sibling is in the pool. If we are lucky to have Dad home, then those not at training stay home. We were fortunate last year that both hockey and soccer training was on the same day!

        As the kids contribute to the mess, I expect them to contribute to the clean up. They are a part of the family and as Team Ryder, we work as a team to get more fun time together. They might earn extra “Tech Time”, but it’s not without limitations. They don’t receive pocket money for these: beds made, clothes away, sweeping/vacuuming/mopping floors, dishwasher stacked/unpacked, tidy room, feed beasties, rubbish runs etc. These don’t have to be perfectly done, but they have to try earnestly.

        During the holidays and weekends I have them help in additional ways: wiping windowsills/skirting boards, filing bills, washing clothes, baking for school or dinner. I found a great breakdown of chores on this site :)

        They receive pocket money for the additional tasks as it’s going above and beyond expectations. This is banked into their school banking account.

        Please understand this is a work in progress – my 6yo girl is doing her best to buck the system! I would love to hear others’ successes with a reluctant participant :)ReplyCancel

        • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

          WOW Lisa i love your system! And good on you for making it work so well.:) Sounds to me like you are doing an amazing job! ~ KateReplyCancel

        • pris

          I love the motto team Ryder! Great ideas. I am about to embark in this system and as you say it is a work in progress. Cheers PrisReplyCancel

  • Casey

    I would love info on organising desks my eldest is going
    into high school and my youngest into grade 3. Eldest desk
    Has 2 slim drawers at top and youngest has 3 (not quite a4
    Size drawers in a row).
    Any organisation tips would be great also what you have in
    Or on their desks
    Thanks CaseyReplyCancel

  • Alicia

    Hi, I would like help with some printables (perhaps visual or simple ones for seven year olds) for chores and jobs before and after school. I have read many of your tips before and love them thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Elita

    morning routine for little ones my boy is in prep so what routine do mums Hav in placeReplyCancel

    • I had a little routine chart on my notice board. My youngest was still using it in Year 3, and it’s still there, though no one looks at it all these years later.

      Our morning routine consisted of:

      Get up and dressed
      Make your bed
      Have breakfast
      Brush hair and teeth
      Pack your bag

      I tried to make sure the routine made sense in terms of both the order and combining tasks that were un the same room (eg bedroom, bathroom). I typed this up and put a picture in for each task, just using Microsoft Clipart.

      I did (and still do) make my kids’ lunches, (even at 14, 17 and 18) because I do it before they get up while the house is peaceful. I just can’t stand the nonsense and squabbling with three of them trying to use the kitchen. I make their sandwiches and pop them in tupperware sandwich boxes. They have to get fruit and snack for themselves.

      Some thirteen years after this routine was instigated by me it still works perfectly, because it covers everything that must be done before we leave the house.ReplyCancel

      • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

        Fantastic Tracy! I love that your routine is still working for you. Good on you.:) ~ KateReplyCancel

  • I’m really interested in the lunches. My first I starting school this year and the whole lunchbox thing completely daunts me as previously he was a fussy eater – still is but at least now he eats a bit more and my youngest is changing to a new preschool where I need to bring meals – old kindy provided meals so I’m was a little spoilt. I’m used to making things fresh so the whole food storage thing scares me eg cruskits going soft/sogy eg if not consumed straight away etc.ReplyCancel

  • Jillian

    I would like to learn what and how to freeze healthy lunch options for my fussy eatersReplyCancel

  • Julie

    Another who would love freezable lunches for fussy kids.
    Tips on getting more veggies into the lunch box.
    How to organise after school routines.
    Screen time in general but particularly during the week. If you’ve cut back on screen time how did you go about it?ReplyCancel

  • Meg

    I would love some tips on kids transitioning to high school. My little one going into prep is fine but my older one going to high school is extremely nervous-lots of changes that are overwhelming. Being on the autism spectrum she doesn’t cope with change very well & is also a very fussy eater.ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Meg, Really good idea. I totally understand. Lots of talking helps.:)ReplyCancel

  • Hayley

    I would love to know how to cut back on screen time. Another is I have difficulty with ideas for afternoon snacks. We fell into a routine of milk and cookies last year. Need a healthy change.ReplyCancel

    • Sandra

      Screen time was a big issue in our house last year. Started a system that works well. (2 boys 7 & 10). They have to earn time for doing regular jobs and can also earn for extra jobs. I use pirate coins, each coin is worth 5 minutes and they keep them in a jar. When they have enough for what they want they pay me in coins. They soon learnt that 5 mins of screen time isn’t much and were much keener to earn more and save up coins. A win/win. More interested in helping out and no asking can I watch this, play this etc.ReplyCancel

      • Kelly

        What a great idea, we will defiantly be trying this out with out 5yo this yearReplyCancel

  • Wendy

    Reflections on my experience with my now year 4 son’s school life.
    1. Don’t overfill the lunch box
    2. Include one item you know the child will most days half the food comes home no matter how long you have spent researching and preparing. Play is far more enticing than any balanced, researched super food we Mums have spent our time on.
    3. Buy the cook book by Jerry Seinfeld’s wife on how to hide veggies for those fussy kids we all love .lol
    4. Make sure the lunch box is easy for the child to operate
    5. Start the years rules and organising lists now and carry on through out the year.
    6. Give your child ALOT of input into how their work space desk is arranged … more so for older kids. Experience learning through doing. We all do too much for our little people.
    7. Point 6 applies to all facets of kids daily life…the more we do for them the more we are disenabling them. Thinking of a friend who was still putting her year 2 son’s socks and shoes on for him !
    8. Keep it simple and enjoy every day of your kids school life .. As we all know it goes by wsy too fast.ReplyCancel

  • Jess

    Three things I would suggest as a teacher: 1. Velcro shoes for littlest 2. Label everything (even undies if swimming) you would be surprised how many kids don’t know their own undies. 3. Practice opening all lunch containers, wraps before school. It is okay to open one for your child, but try 20-30 in the 10 minute eating time.
    As a mum I colour code all subjects for my grade two daughter who is responsible for belongings in class ( no time wasted finding books etc.)
    For my soon to be Prep boy I have just really focussed on him recognising his full name on each of his belongings and letting him pick and new bag and lunch box so he can pick his from the crowd. He is also a bit nervous ( young preppie) so we are having a back to school day where we will make bag tags, decorate/cover books, practice putting our uniform on and have a picnic with our school lunch .boxesReplyCancel

  • Lisa

    I would like to know how other parents handle homework. My eldest started school last year & getting him to do homework was a nightmare. I tried spreding it over the whole week, doing it all in 1 day, no play until it was finished, a reward system but no matter what we always ended up arguing. My youngest starts this year & the thought of 2 lots of homework terrifies me.ReplyCancel

    • Kiki

      My eldest is going into Year 6 this year. I stopped arguing with her about homework when she was in Kindy. It was so stressful and counter productive as she didn’t learn anything and it was a total waste of everyone’s time. She knows that it is her responsibility to do her homework, that I will not write any notes to the teacher excusing her for not having done her homework. She would have to take on whatever consequences the teacher deemed fit if she didn’t do it.

      Now she is a bit older she does the homework she can independently and then after dinner when the youngest is in bed and things are quieter we work on the parts she needs help with.

      Part of the problem is that she had undiagnosed dyslexia as well as processing issues with her eyes not working together to read which made it hard for her to concentrate. If you continue to have issues with homework and if he avoids reading, it might be worth looking into things other than homework being the issue. I wish it had been found earlier in her schooling, would have saved all the catching up we’ve been doing this last twelve months and ongoing.ReplyCancel

      • Kirsty Godschalx

        Definitely agree. Don’t fight about it, it is not worth it to make home life stressful. Reading is the most important thing, and if they don’t like to read to you then you read to them.ReplyCancel

        • Maggie

          I used to have a terrible time trying to get my youngest to do his homework when in Yr 2, it would take an hour sometimes of nagging to get him to do what only took 5mins, sigh! Then at the end of the year I found out that he was the only child in his class that had completed all the tasks set, in fact the nearest child had only done half. Yes, it was good that he’d achieved everything but at what cost? I was so cross with myself that I’d gone through all those arguments with him thinking that the homework had to be done when in reality he was the only one doing it all! I now lay off big time, I recognize that some days he is just way too tired after a day full of learning to do any more work and by pushing him to do it I’m creating a monster (me!). I share this in the hope that others can learn form my mistakes!!ReplyCancel

    • Robin

      As a teacher I have to say that the only homework that is truly essential in the early years is reading, and if your child doesn’t want to read to you DON’T fight with them over it. Read to them instead. But please, read real books, not only the little reading books the kids bring home from school. Have a stash of either your own picture books or those you borrow from a public library and aim for 20 minutes a day, either while resting after school, or at bedtime, or even to settle in the mornings before school. Be willing to re-read your child’s favourite books many, many times and sit where you can both see the pictures and the text. Run your finger under the text while you read. Take time to explore the illustrations together. Many literacy skills are developed by watching and listening.
      Three other points.
      Make sure your child can manage their own clothes to use the toilet (overalls can create real problems).
      Make sure your child can manage to get their own shoes on and off without help.
      Make sure your child can manage to open and close their own lunchbox, that they know which food is their snack, and their lunch. Practise eating your lunch at home from the lunchbox several times before school starts.ReplyCancel

    • Nadine

      Hi Lisa,
      My eldest started prep last year and brought homework home in 4th term. My attitude to homework (and this comes from my experience as a lower primary teacher pre kids) is that homework in prep should not be necessary – it is a school based decision. If your preppy is tired and has used up all their ‘goodness’ at school I would read them the book and maybe turn about a page. It should take no more than 10mins. Year 1 and 2 homework should be no more than 15mins. I always set reading, spelling and sight words and the kids had optional number facts which the majority wanted.
      Our homework routine this year will be arvo tea, homework and then play. If he is too tired we will do the book as part of bedtime story.
      Basically it is important to remember that homework is practice – books should be easy. And if things are a real struggle talk to the teacher too – they may say to focus on something on one particular thing.ReplyCancel

  • Diane

    Ideas for post school activities. Mine is so tired after nursery she vegitatea in front of the TV but I want to try to get her doing things but have no idea what or whether being so tired is normal ??ReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Hi Diane, Yes i remember when mine were younger and all they wanted to do after Kindy and even the first few years of school was to come home and sit in front of the TV. I think they are so physically tired from playing and being active all day that they just want to sit and do nothing. ~ KateReplyCancel

  • Goldie

    It seems that everyone one is using printed charts – I think I have to take the plunge and buy a family printer. Any recommendations people?

    • Tracey

      One that the refilled cartridges don’t cost a fortune, def check out the cost of the refills before buying, some refills are worth more than a new printer.ReplyCancel

  • Kim

    I would love some ideas on homework routines and healthy lunches that can be prepared in advance (that can be frozen).ReplyCancel

  • Lindsey

    Would love some ideas for afternoon tea, especially things that the kids can get for themselves and ways of organising the snacks. My youngest is 8mths so often needs a nap straight after school pick up which makes it hard getting the other 3 some afternoon tea before getting the little one down for a nap.ReplyCancel

  • Aims

    I love your routines/ lunches/ chores etc, last year they really helped me to get my head around starting school. However, this year is our first year of School, kindy and a toddler at home… tips on managing the paper flow, the bag station, all the STUFF (making, paintings etc) that come home from both kindy and school, all the drop offs, pick ups and food, food food! :-)ReplyCancel

  • Jackie

    I’d like ideas for organising school papers.

    Also, what ideas can I get for making lunches without contributing to landfill waste? My DD likes wakame (Seaweed salad), yoghurt, but is not so keen on sandwiches now. Ideas would be awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Jo

    Ideas for nutritious quick breaky as my son will start kindy this year and will travel on the bus 45mins so have an early start.ReplyCancel

  • nicole true

    Would like to see some tips on how to reduce screen time

    When do your children complete their homework? Is it before or after school?ReplyCancel

    • Heidi

      My son is 7 and we during term we have a no TV in the mornings rule unless he is ready for school – dressed, brekkie done, teeth done, bag packed and ready. We do homework the minute we walk in the door after school and have a small snack so it’s over and done with quickly. It seems to work quite well :).ReplyCancel

  • Fiona

    My daughter is 13 and I’d love some advice and tips for high school aged kids.ReplyCancel

  • tam

    My kids are 18 17 14 and 12 and have been hanging clothes on the line for years
    Plus i dont fold there clothes either plus at 16 they start washing their own
    they take it in turn to empty the dishwasher,they have pets and also do the garbage and recycling
    my 18yr has moved out and my 27 tr does nothing
    for school my boys are in yr 7 and 9 the make their own lunch and i do up zip lock bags with treat in them and they grab one and s pc of fruitReplyCancel

  • Penny

    Get them to practice using their lunchbox and snackboxes at home before the first day of school so that you can see any problems and find solutions. Your child will be more confident and the teacher will love you :-)ReplyCancel

  • Penny

    My kids ages are 10, 8 and 5. After school routine is always the same, empty bags, snack then homework for older two while I listen to youngest reading. Youngest then hand washes lunchboxes while I listen to middles reading. Younger two then have free time until 5pm when we do baths and evening chores. Eldest is academically capable but often struggles with focus and attention to homework and I’ve found it’s usually best to walk away after 4pm. Evening chores include cleaning rooms, packing away dishes, setting table, feeding animals, taking out rubbish, and putting away clean clothes. Each child has a set list which rarely changes and takes between 5-10 minutes if they don’t fool around. We don’t have sport or activities yet as all three have various special needs and have needed various therapy with homework.ReplyCancel

  • Marie

    I would like to get organised and start freezing things for the kids. What’s containers would you recommend for the freezerReplyCancel

    • Katrina - The Organised Housewife

      Marie i use Vac Seal from Howards Storage World for the fresh fruit and in the freezer i use Tupperware and Snapware. Anything airtight is perfect.ReplyCancel

  • I would love to have some nice ideas for keeping my kids routine productive and keep them busy and interested!ReplyCancel