Nicholas will be starting first grade in three weeks, so we’ve got some shopping and organizing to do, but one thing we don’t need to do is buy a new lunchbox! The one he used for full-day kindergarten is still in great shape for this year and likely for several years to come. [UPDATE: He is getting a new outer carrying case for third grade. The box itself is still in perfect condition after 3 years of continuous use, including summer day camp!]
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When we were preparing for kindergarten, Nicholas announced that he wanted a lunchbox similar to the mini one his grandma had given him to hold some small toys–a plain silvery metal box with the standard hinged lid and latch. I decided to take this as an opportunity to teach him about online shopping. I let him choose the key words for the search, then suggested some refinements to help find what we wanted.
Well, we did ultimately find a few sources of plain metal standard lunchboxes, but in the process we also turned up a number of other lunch transportation systems. Nicholas got very excited about a few of them, including one that was so totally organic that I expected it would biodegrade before our eyes (and therefore not be worth the incredibly high price) and one with a lot of complicated hinges that I was sure would be irreparably clogged with peanut butter and ants by Halloween, if he didn’t pinch his fingers off trying to open and close it.
But we also saw PlanetBox, a stainless-steel tray with scoopy compartments (like the school cafeteria trays of my childhood–his school’s food is served entirely in plastic and foam packaging, which is one reason he’s bringing his lunch!) and a lid with matching compartments, to hold 5 types of foods without letting them touch. The latch looked easy to operate. The box is plain silver but can be decorated with magnets. You choose a set of magnets to be included with your box, and additional magnet sets are sold separately–so if he gets tired of the picture on his lunchbox after a year or two, he can replace just the picture (or go plain) instead of nagging for a whole new lunchbox! Also available are little containers to hold wet foods (also stainless steel) and a carrying case made of 100% recycled plastic beverage bottles. Read more…