My EasyLunchbox cooler bags come in vibrant colors, but what if you want to get creative and really jazz them up? We’ve seen some super-swell monogramming, puffy paint, designs applied with fabric glue, and lots of decorative name tags. They’re all featured in my cooler bag gallery.
But here’s a fabulous new idea:
Melanie Potock is is a speech language pathologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of feeding disorders. She’s also the founder of My Munch Bug, a resource which offers “tricks of the trade to help your little munch bug learn the joy of food.”
I just got a tutorial for a vinyl pocket to be added to the top and inside of an EasyLunchbox Cooler Bag. This is one strategy that I use to help kids focus in the hustle and bustle of the school cafeteria. It’s great for all kids – you can put a note for the teacher in the pocket on top (or perhaps a reminder to “buy milk”, etc.) and then, when the child unzips the cover, they see a private note just for them. For kids with special needs who have trouble focusing, I might include a few steps for them via short sentences or even pictures, such as:
1. Open your lunch first!
2. Remember to talk to your friends while you eat. 🙂
3. When you are done, pack up and put lunchbox in bin.
4. Stand quietly in line.
5. Congratulations! You did it!
Or, for all kids, I might include a photo of the family’s dog or from a family vacation inside the cover. It’s a nice way to stimulate conversation between kids. In my experience visiting many school cafeterias, I have learned that a parent’s #1 priority at lunchtime is nutrition. The child’s #1 priority at lunchtime is making friends. EasyLunchboxes makes a nutritious lunch quick and within easy reach so that kids can “grab and gab” while they laugh and giggle with their buddies and have a little down time before heading back to the classroom. Everybody wins!
You do know how much a love note can mean to your child, right? ….
Special thanks to the oh-so-talented Rachel of Eljah*B for creating the tutorial/making the pockets, and to Melanie for sharing this wonderful idea!
How have you decorated YOUR cooler bag?