Tuesday, January 6, 2009

What's For Lunch?

I am so sick of having the what is for lunch debate and breakfast for that matter. Everyday Ellie asks and when I tell her she wants to have a 10 minute debate about it. Drives me crazy...or should I say crazier:) I came up with an idea the other day that I hope will stop this! I made a chart (I know, big surprise) that has five blocks for breakfast and five for lunch. The squares are for Monday through Friday. Then I came up with 8 breakfast options and 20 lunch options and found clip art of each and printed them out. I laminated each food item and put a magnet on the back and stuck the chart on the fridge. Every Sunday evening I will give Ellie five breakfast items and five lunch items and she gets to put the food item on which day she wants to have it. That way it takes the guess work out of what we are having and it helps her have a part in it. I tried to incorporate some fun things in there to use every few weeks or so like McDonald's, a question mark which means her choice and a muffin tin lunch (I will explain that in another post). The food items we are not using for that week we can use on her magnetic board to play restaurant etc.


Christopher said...

I love it! What a great idea. How come there are only 5 squares? Is that so she can drive me crazy on the weekends?

Valerie said...

love, love, love it... and i may just steal it!!! i have noticed that it totally eases the stress on me when i actually plan my dinners... so why not have the kids help me plan breakfast and lunch too... girl, you are so freaking smart!