Looking to get a little more creative with your kids' lunches? Check out Muffin Tin Mom for some excellent ideas! Here are five of our favorite muffin tin lunch ideas for spring -- though there are many more listed on the website.
And if you are interested in creating your own unique muffin tin meals, be sure to get the scoop on Muffin Tin Mondays -- a weekly blog link up where Muffin Tin Mom highlights 30 or so other meal ideas that happen to be pretty darn clever and cute. The only criteria? The meal must include a muffin pan, cupcake pan, or silicone and paper baking cups. That's it! Totally easy and a whole lot of fun.
We love this fun "food pyramid" idea from Melissa over at Another Lunch -- and we must admit, this is one food pyramid that we're sure the health experts could finally agree on! This muffin tin meal includes: Orange slices, grapes, turkey bologna, a Babybel cheese round, peas, strawberries, carrots and Wheat Thins with cream cheese for the pyramid.
Reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar with your tots this spring? Get the scoop on this fun spring muffin tin meal idea featured over on The Masked Mommy. In line with the classic children's book, this super masked mom says that she used a straw to poke holes in all of the food for her very hungry kiddo. Here's what her muffin tin meal offered: Apples, blackberries, strawberries, cheese, cake, hot dogs, pie, cantaloupe, celery, pickles and a lettuce leaf. So clever!
Quite possibly the cutest edible monkey that we've ever seen, this idea from the Muffin Tin ladies is based on the popular children's rhyme "5 Little Monkeys Swinging From A Tree" and was featured during a themed week for numbers and counting. The creative moms included peanut butter roll-ups, broccoli, cheese cubes, baby carrots, banana slices, monkey containers with sprinkles and orange, apple and fruit leather for the monkey's face. See Muffin Tin Mom for the full tutorial!
If you plan to get your little ones digging in the dirt this year, consider checking out Cookie Cutter Lunch's idea for making a muffin tin meal with edible worms and mud. Simply including chocolate pudding with crushed cookies, gummy worms, whole grain tortilla chips, strawberries, cucumbers and a worm sandwich with an icing eye, this is one lunch that we're sure your kids will be requesting all spring. That worm sandwich is hard to resist! (Never thought we'd say that.)
Dandelions In My Vase includes this super cute idea for a spring muffin tin meal themed with seeds, plants and flowers -- and those strawberry flowers are stunning! We're so making those this year -- absolutely gorgeous. As for the rest of the foods offered in this lovely tin lunch, Mama LKB of Dandelions says that she included almonds, homemade raisins, flower-shaped mini sandwiches, peas, grapes, cheese flowers, a Japanese flower candy and orange juice "dressing" for the fruit.