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Magnetic Lunch Chart

Introduction


A kid may be more likely to eat her lunch if she helps choose the menu. When she uses this magnetic chart to map out her meals for the week, it saves time and helps make grocery shopping easier. 

Just download and print the magnetic chart onto a full-size magnet sheet. Then print the food name label onto a second magnetic sheet and cut it out. Together, come up with a variety of sandwiches, fruits, healthy snacks, and desserts; then print them out and let the child fill in the blanks.

 

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Martha Stewart Kids

Reviews (21)

  • 2 Sep, 2012

    Food clip art images would be awesome for this. My little one is starting JK, she can't read yet. So she wouldn't be able to do this by herself. Solution? Pictures of the food, with the written word underneath (so they can make the connection between the food and the word).

  • 2 Jan, 2011

    This has been an excellent introduction to planning for him. It's been interesting to see what he has choosen to eat from the school menu and what he has chosen not to. I'm proud to say his taste is of more a wholesome healthy nature. For him tho it's just about what tastes better (wink).

  • 2 Jan, 2011

    Printed a 2nd edition today! I printed this originally back in August 2010 at the start of the school year. My son was entering 1st grade thus participating in the lunch program at school. We used this chart frequently as we adjusted to the new chapter in our lives. I cut out blanks too so we could tweak as we went along and so now I'm finallizing our tweaks as we approach the second half of his first year. My son has gone over it with me with his preferences and so on. This has been an e

  • 4 Oct, 2010

    Frugal tip: Instead of buying magnetic sheets, you can paste the labels over the free magnets that businesses give out and trim the excess.

  • 19 Sep, 2010

    Maybe this could be incorporated for adults, or more permanent for the kiddos using the plastic containers for business cards. It could certainly help in a pinch, and there are 10 in each page, so it could be cut apart for 5 days' lunches. Possibly this would be good to help the elderly plan their meals, too?

  • 19 Sep, 2010

    Maybe this could be incorporated for adults, or more permanent for the kiddos using the plastic containers for business cards. It could certainly help in a pinch, and there are 10 in each page, so it could be cut apart for 5 days' lunches. Possibly this would be good to help the elderly plan their meals, too?

  • 16 Sep, 2010

    Where can you get magnetic sheets?

  • 28 Aug, 2010

    I, too, would like to see a veggie symbol. It would be nice if this chart could be converted to a full day's meal plan for an adult. The really good thing about the Jenny Craig weight loss program was your menu was already planned for the day, thus eliminating the urge to eat carbs to stave off hunger because you hadn't planned your meals.

  • 26 Aug, 2010

    Carrie, not sure if the "pink" problem is related to other font issues above. I thought perhaps your printer might need new ink cartridge(s). Good luck.

  • 26 Aug, 2010

    This is a GREAT idea! I typed in my kids usual lunch meals, plus some "Kraft lunchable" days and some "Buy Lunch @ School" days. I also used the extra white magnetic pieces, colored them in with matching marker colors, and included more items for the fruit, pretzel, and cupcake sections. My kids are psyched to be able to pick what their lunches for the week will be and I'm relieved to know my shopping trip will be that much easier - thanks alot!

  • 26 Aug, 2010

    You can always just print out the chart and write out your own food choices on the magnetic squares with a Sharpie. Love this idea...I LOVE to cook but never know what to make. This way everyone is involved and HAPPY!!!

  • 10 Aug, 2010

    The bummer for me is that the chart itself prints out only in shades of pinks

  • 17 Jun, 2010

    Would really like to see a veggie category added to this.

  • 10 May, 2010

    Hi everyone- sorry for the delay! The PDF has been udpated and you should begin to see letters, rather than dots, when you type in the labels.

  • 24 Feb, 2010

    The template wants you to type using a font named "MrsEavesBold". Unfortunately, it costs $39 and is available from myfonts.com.

  • 24 Feb, 2010

    The template wants you to type using a font named "MrsEavesBold". Unfortunately, it costs $39 and is available from myfonts.com.

  • 12 Aug, 2009

    I'm on a PC and had the same problem. A pop-up stated that my computer doesn't have the font used in the application. If you have Adobe Professional, you can use the Typewriter program to add the writing after you've saved the document to your hard drive. Hope that helps.

  • 11 Sep, 2008

    i had the same problem with the dots, and i use a mac. this is still a useful though, you could still print out the chart and labels and write the food names with a sharpie, and it would work just as well!

  • 25 Jul, 2008

    I was able to see the words on screen if I hit the highlight button, but then it just printed dots - and I don't have a Mac...

  • 16 Jul, 2008

    This is a great start but I could not get letters to print on the labels. Only dots. Could be because I use a Mac but I hope not. I think there should also be a row for drinks.

  • 24 May, 2008

    My kids are grown but this would be a good idea for planning weekday meals. Making the daily decision is the hard part for me and I'd save money by making one trip to the grocery store to purchase needed items.