Zachary now attends full day kindergarten so back in the summer I started doing some research on a suitable lunch box that would meet our needs. I wanted a lunch box that will enable him to be independent at school. I also wanted a lunch box that will make him excited to eat.
I spent a huge chunk of summer researching the best types of lunch box for him, with these three specific requirements in mind (many of them are not just to make his life easier, but mine too.)
- He must be able to open and close it independently.
- It should have compartments so I don’t have to wash so many separate containers and lids.
- It must be leakproof, not just from the overall lunch box, but from compartment to compartment. (I didn’t want juices from the fruits leaking over making the bread soggy, nor a dirty lunch bag to contend with at the end of the school day.)
The Yumbox is an excellent fit for our needs. This year marks my first year packing a Japanese-style bento box and having compartments makes the job so much easier and faster. The individual compartments guide me in packing a well-balanced meal.
It also has a wonderful effect of making him very excited about eating! Somehow being able to see all of his food laid out neatly in compartments is so appetizing that he almost always finishes up everything in the lunch box at school.
The Yumbox performs really well with thicker liquids such as yogurt or dips. We did a leak test to see if we can send yogurt to school, and it totally passed. (However runnier liquids such as juice will leak, so if I’m sending fruits like watermelon or oranges that tend to release a lot of juice, I put a paper towel underneath to soak up the excess liquid.)
There’s a small circle compartment in the middle which I call the “treats or dip compartment.” If the food I’m packing requires a dip, then a dip is what goes into the circle compartment. But if there’s no need for a dip, then a treat is what the boys will get. So far I’ve packed mini mint chocolates, gummy bears, goldfish and chips.
The boys got to choose their favourite colours (Rocket Red and Myrtle Blue). Even though the 6-compartment is usually recommended for younger children, I chose the 4-compartment for him because I wanted to have more flexibility. Some days I will pack a large sandwich or pasta salad for him and thus require the full square space, and other times I will pack a variety of small foods in which case I will separate them all using silicone baking cups.
I gave Zach a Montessori-style lesson on how to open and close it, then we practised using it for many days in the summer. We even practised taking it out of and putting it back into the lunch bag. I’m glad we did this because it really helped to ease the transition to eating lunch at school.