Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Muffin Tin Lunch Ideas

Today is rainy and dreary and blah. I feel the end is near... the end of countless hours playing outside, the end of afternoons in the park, the end of picnics at the end of the railroad trestles and walks along the river.

It is now time to plan more indoor activities to keep these little Energizer bunnies amused. Especially around lunch as they both get so bored with my standard offerings. I have tried some crafty lunch ideas before... but today I thought I would try something new... a Muffin Tin Lunch. It is a very simple idea that works perfect for toddlers and small children at lunch.

Grab your favorite muffin tin, add some bite sized foods, and voila. Today I used cantaloupe balls, grapes, ham and cheese and cream cheese rolls, peanut butter and honey sandwich cut into bite sized pieces, celery and a bit of peanut butter. I also had some apples and baby pickles on standby, but ran out of room in my tin.

There are a ton of resources out there if you need some ideas. My favorite is Muffin Tin Mom who hosts Muffin Tin Monday. She's fun because she offers a new theme each week and you wouldn't even believe how creative some people can be with a muffin tin full of food. Also, if you are more the visual type, there is a great Flickr group so that you can just skim through the great photos.

I think this might even me the catalyst I need to go buy one of those silicone muffin 'tins' that I have been coveting for months- it will certainly look prettier for the girls to snack from.

Have you tried the muffin tin lunch? Success? Failure???


  1. Very nice!! I have to try this with the boys lunch on Thursday I think.

    I have one of those silicone muffin "tins" while great for baking I don't know if it would be good for a lunch. It doesn't support itself so if you tried to pick it up with one hand you would loose the contents (they are a pain for that reason)

  2. I've tried it - did it often during the summer and we called it "summer lunch" because it was light and easy to eat - both kids loved it!!

  3. This sounds like a great idea. Lunches get so boring and I think he'd like the fun of this!