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Monday, July 29 2013 12:20

Back to School: 10 Cool Lunch Boxes for Kids

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Back to School. I do believe that this is the very first Back to School post that I've ever done on The Rock Father. While we didn't have a real "break" since we kept her in activities this summer at the same place... with the same teachers... and mostly the same class... our oldest will be Back to Preschool this Fall, and that got me thinking about one of the coolest aspects of the season: New supplies. That said, I'd been looking at lunch boxes (and totes and bags) and decided to compile some of my favorites here on the site. Take a peek at the list below. I've even given you some rock to listen to while browsing...

Watch & Listen: Deftones - "Back to School"
I'm obligated to point out that I might make a few bucks if you visit any of the links I've included here. That's true, and I'd certainly appreciate it since I have two little ones, a mortgage, a car payment, and this site to run :)

1. LEGO Lunch Box (Ty's Toy Box)

LEGO lunch boxes

Based on the classic LEGO Brick Design, this plastic lunch box is bound to stand out among the pack. While they're not stackable, I actually think it would be cool to have one or two of these here in my office at Rock Father HQ. A perfect lunch tote for your little LEGO fan. Available in Red or Blue.

CAILLOU & Friends Lunch Bag2. CAILLOU and FRIENDS Green Stripes Lunch Bag (Ty's Toy Box)

Featuring Caillou and friends (as seen on PBS KIDS and Sprout), this sturdy insulated lunch bag features a large single compartment and can be personalized with a name up to 9 characters.

Skip-Hop Owl3. Skip-Hop Feeding Time Owl Lunch Bag (The Land of Nod)

My wife actually has this one, and has been known to take her lunch to work in it. 

Sofia the First Lunch Bag4. SOFIA THE FIRST Lunch Tote (Disney Store)

Sofia the First is a big deal here this year (along with Doc McStuffins, the star of DISNEY JUNIOR), and if your little Princess is as enchanted by Enchancia as mine, then this might be the way to go. A matching backpack is also available.

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK Lunch box5. STAR WARS Original Trilogy Lunch Boxes (Entertainment Earth)

These STAR WARS Lunch Boxes could also be called "totes" or "tins," and I'm including them here because they look cool. The downside is that they're not insulated. Available in STAR WARS (Episode IV), THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK (Episode V), and RETURN OF THE JEDI (Episode VI). Made by Vandor.

HELLO KITTY Lunch Bag6. HELLO KITTY Dual Lunch Kit (Target - in-stores-only)

Sanrio's iconic HELLO KITTY is a classic (we're actually doing a Hello Kitty-themed Birthday party next month), and Addie already has a pretty sweet Hello Kitty Lunch tote. While this isn't the same one, this Dual Lunch Kit from Thermos is available now at Target stores. 

SUPER WHY! Lunch Bag7. SUPER WHY! Calling All Readers Lunch Bag(Ty's Toy Box)

Load up your little one's favorite sandwich and snacks in this personalized lunch bag featuring Wonder Red, Super Why, Princess Presto and Alpha Pig. This sturdy insulated lunch bag features a large single compartment and can be personalized with a name up to 9 characters.

MONSTER HIGH Lunch Bags8. MONSTER HIGH Lunch Tote Assortment (Target)

Mattel has a big hit with MONSTER HIGH, and while my little ones haven't hit the craze yet, I dig the horror-centric world for kids. If your little ones are into the offspring of Dracula and the gang, you might want to snag one of these now before they're gone.

SUPERMAN MAN OF STEEL Lunch Tote9. MAN OF STEEL Superman Logo Compartment Lunch Kit (ShopDCEntertainment.com)

The Superman "S" is a iconic, and while the MAN OF STEEL might be the big movie right now, there's no reason why this couldn't represent SUPERGIRL as well. My little Addie has a MAN OF STEEL cape that she uses to play SUPERGIRL, and this lunch kit could be perfect for your little Kryptonian.

STAR WARS: R2-D2 Lunch Bag10. STAR WARS R2-D2 Lights & Sounds Lunch Bag (Superherostuff.com)

First of all, boys and girls, kids of all ages just love R2-D2. Second, this thing makes noise and lights up? Your little one could be the envy of all STAR WARS-loving classmates with this soft lunch bag from Superherostuff. His "eye" lights up, and the classic Astromech Droid sounds happen when you open him.

Have you found any cool lunch boxes or bags for your kids this year? Anything that I should've included? Who knows, I might just post "More Cool Lunch Boxes for Kids" sometime in the weeks ahead!

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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