7 Fun & Creative Sandwich Ideas for Kids

Updated on December 6, 2017
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Kenna is an enthusiastic cook and former chef who loves discovering ways to prepare food for people with allergies or food sensitivities.

Sandwich Ideas

Creative sandwiches for my kids are great to make when my little ones have friends over. Even on a hot summer day, a creative sandwich for the kids before they hit the pool is worth making. The more creative I am the more the kids get involved in making the sandwiches with me.

I found some excellent ideas that are almost too pretty to eat. When I made them and the kids ate them up, I don't think they cared whether the sandwiches were healthy or not. They tasted that good. So, let’s have some fun making healthy and creative sandwiches.

I would even say they are time savers, artistic, and tasty. All I did was use cookie cutters to shape the flowers from bread.

Tea Flower Sandwich

These sandwiches are so refreshing because of the colors. My kids giggled when they saw them. Home Cooking in Montana got me carried away when I saw the recipes. Each sandwich is a piece of art and fun to make with the kids. They are easy to make, too, because the ingredients are not that complicated.

I would even say they are time savers, artistic, and tasty. All I did was use cookie cutters to shape the flowers from bread. I filled the bread with egg salad, tuna salad, meatloaf. The next time I make them I will check for other kind leftovers such as turkey, chicken, and roast beef.

Home Cooking in Montana  - Pretty Flowers with Juice
Home Cooking in Montana - Pretty Flowers with Juice

A Sheep, An Owl, and A Pig

Tulip Sandwich

Oh my gosh, I love this sandwich because it is so colorful. Gosia at Kiddie Foodies shared this recipe with me. I took her suggestion and used a bread roll, slice of ham, slice of orange cheese, red and orange peppers, cucumber, lettuce, and butter. I am sure you can substitute ham for salami or turkey. Kiddie Foodies has shown me how to take any theme a creative sandwich. It did take more time than the others but it was worth it.

Gosia at Kiddie Foodies - Lovely Flowers for Lunch
Gosia at Kiddie Foodies - Lovely Flowers for Lunch

This sandwich is adorable and comes with a nicely written rhyme.

Cowbell Sandwich

This sandwich is adorable and comes with a nicely written rhyme. I watched as the little hands picked up the cowbell with a smile on my daughter's face. She ate the whole bell at once and giggled. Making this sandwich was so easy because I just put the pieces together. There was hardly any cutting.

I followed what Little Nummies said and cut the corners of the bread for ears, cut string cheese for horns and eyes, added a slice of apple for the bell, and a ham slice became the nose with pickle slices as nostrils.

Little Nummies - Ring the Cowbell Before You Bite
Little Nummies - Ring the Cowbell Before You Bite

Kite Sandwich

Recipe.com showed me how to create this awesome sandwich, “Let’s go fly a kite.” It’s a breeze to make because I just used the ingredients I had on hand. I added celery stock, stick cheese, and baby carrots. They required some cutting but it was worth it.

My kids love ham, so I made a ham sandwich and cut it into a shape of a kite. I took the string cheese and cut it lengthwise, so I had cheese strips for the kite dimensions. I made a kite tail by peeling a nice long strip from a celery stock. It was easy making the triangle pieces from the baby carrots because I used a small, sharp knife. Don't they look like little bows on the tail?

Recipe.com - Let's Go Fly a Kite for Lunch
Recipe.com - Let's Go Fly a Kite for Lunch

Pinto Pony

Both my daughters love horses and couldn't resist this sandwich from Ziggy Zoom. I took their suggestion and made the sandwich when my kids' friends were over for a swimming party. This is perfect for any party activity. It does take some work to create it but well worth it. Seeing the smiles on their faces made me feel all the creativity paid off.

I took three slices of bread, celery sticks, a radish slice for the eye, yellow pepper, orange pepper, carrot sticks, and sandwich filling. The filling can be cream cheese, peanut butter, and jelly, or egg salad. I used peanut butter because that was all I had. Even tuna can be used, which I plan to use next time.

Ziggy Zoom - I'm a Little Pony, Klippity Klop
Ziggy Zoom - I'm a Little Pony, Klippity Klop

A Flower and A Cloud

Fun and creative sandwich ideas for my kids is a simple but creative way to spend an early afternoon. Sometimes, my kids even helped me make the sandwiches. It is such a creative process that I felt proud of myself when I was done. The kids, too, when they helped. These are great ideas, and the sandwiches are even healthy.

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      Kenna McHugh 6 weeks ago from Northern California

      Thank you, Nievs. I have fun making them and eating them.

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      Nievs 6 weeks ago from Rizal, the Philippines

      Boring school lunches no more! These are so cute! :)

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      Kenna McHugh 6 months ago from Northern California

      Maz, thank you. They are so much fun to make.

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      Maz Fouche 6 months ago

      These sandwiches look too cute!

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      Kenna McHugh 8 months ago from Northern California

      Yes...either it is me eating the leftovers or my husband. LOL!

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      Lena Durante 8 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      That makes sense, Kenna. I guess you end up doing a lot of "clean-up" eating as a parent, anyway. (I don't have kids yet, myself.)

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      Kenna McHugh 8 months ago from Northern California

      Spanish Food,

      Thank you for visiting. Good point and I know what you mean. I have the food prepared before my kids arrive, though sometimes they help. I usually end up eating the scraps. : ) Nothing goes to waste. I can promise you that.

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      Lena Durante 8 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Oh my gosh, these are adorable. But what do you do with all the extra that gets trimmed off? It seems like such a waste, and I want to teach kids not to throw away perfectly good food!

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      Kenna McHugh 8 months ago from Northern California

      Thank you so much for visiting!!

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      Kenna McHugh 8 months ago from Northern California

      RTalloni, Thank you for visiting. I know, I get a kick out of finding ways to get my kids to eat healthier. What were you thinking of making?

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      RTalloni 8 months ago from the short journey

      Such cute ideas to make lunchtime extra fun! The pictures are inspiring, making me think of ways to develop new ideas.

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      Kenna McHugh 8 months ago from Northern California

      Please take a look at my latest article. Cute and Yummy sandwiches for kids at heart.