Lunch Boxes for Children

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Lunch Boxes for Children
Plain plastic lunch boxes can be held using a pivoting handle. (Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Children's lunch boxes come in many different styles, and finding out about the different styles of lunch box can give you a good idea of what's best for your child. Lunch boxes are a necessity for schoolchildren if you prefer to take control of your child's nutrition, and you can buy compartmentalised lunch boxes, plastic lunch boxes and lunch bags for boys and girls. These can be personalised or bought with your child's favourite cartoon characters on them.

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Plain Plastic Lunch Boxes

Plain plastic lunch boxes are rectangular in shape, and usually have a handle attached to the upper side. Plain lunch boxes have a large opening inside, keeping the same rectangular shape of the exterior. You can buy plain-style lunch boxes with a variety of pictures and designs on the larger sides. Your child's name can also be added to some plain lunch boxes for a personalised design.

Compartmentalised Lunch Boxes

Compartmentalised lunch boxes are very similar to plastic lunch boxes, except there are sections for different parts of the lunch. Inside, several sections enable you to store your child's drink, sandwiches and snacks in different places within the lunch box. The exterior of these lunch boxes is shaped according to the compartments that are inside it, not necessarily sticking to a rigid cuboid shape like plain plastic lunch boxes. Some compartmentalised lunch boxes do keep a more angular, rectangular style, but others have rounded edges and are stretched out to accommodate the compartments. This allows parents to designate snack foods and lunch foods more clearly.

Lunch Bags

Lunch bags have the rectangular shape associated with plastic lunch boxes, but are made from canvas. This provides more cushioning for your child's lunch, as well as additional pockets on the outside for more storage space. Rectangular lunch bags are suitable for children of either gender, and can feature various designs on the front to make them more appealing to children.

Girl's Lunch Bags

You can also by more feminine lunch bags, which have a similar shape to women's handbags, featuring large straps and a more "u" shaped design. These also feature various pictures or patterns, which are stitched into the bag in the same way as on the genderless lunch bags. This can help girls feel more stylish and mature than they would with a shapeless, boxy lunch bag.

Metal Lunch Boxes

Metal lunch boxes share essentially the same style as plain plastic lunch boxes, but are made from metal. This makes these lunch boxes more durable, yet they still retain the style of the standard lunch boxes. Many different designs can be printed on metal lunch boxes, so different options are available to ensure your child likes his lunch box. You can also buy metal lunch boxes with curved tops, like doctor's bags.

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