For those of you in classrooms or child-care setups, we suggest a large refrigerator in which all lunches can be stored.
The assures that everyone's lunch from home will be safe with no bit of mayo or meat accidentally sitting out for hours.
You can put together a cloth or plastic bag with each child's name on it. Put this bag in their cubby. When children arrive in the morning, they can go to their cubby, put the lunchbox or bag into this bag, and then put it in the refrigerator. This will keep everything straight -- even if the children cannot read their names yet, you can help out.
Another tip is to put a photos onto these bags. One teacher suggested asking all parents to bring in a color photo, and then making the attachment of the photos to the bags a group project for older children. You can use a hole punch to put a hole in the photo and then put a cord through the hole. Attach the cord to the bag securely so it won't get lost.
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