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15 Amazingly Creative Sandwiches for Kids

I am an enthusiastic cook and former chef who loves discovering ways to prepare food for all people, including those with food allergies.

Kids love sandwiches! Here are some really creative ideas that taste good, too.

Kids love sandwiches! Here are some really creative ideas that taste good, too.

Sandwiches Galore

Tulip SandwichTea Flower SandwichLet's Go Fly a KitePinto PonyCowbell SandwichThai Breakfast Sandwich

Bread Roll

Sandwich Bread

Sandwich Bread

Sandwich Bread

Sandwich Bread

Sandwich Bread

Slice of Ham

Cookie Cutters

Celery Stock

Celery Stock

String Cheese

Peanut Butter

Slice of Orange Cheese

Chicken Salad

Cheese Stick

Radish

Apple

Lime Juice

Red and Orange Peppers

Egg Salad

Baby Carrots

Yellow Pepper

Slice of Ham

Cilantro

Cucumber

Meatloaf

Slice of Ham

Orange Pepper

Pickle

Sriracha

Lettuce

 

Pickle

Carrot Sticks

 

Chopped Peanuts

Butter

 

 

Cream Cheese or Peanut Butter

 

 

Sandwich Ideas

Creative sandwiches for my kids are great to make when my little ones have friends over. Even on a hot summer day, original, innovative ingredients between two slices of bread for the kids before they hit the pool is worth making. Or a cold winter afternoon, a cup of soup and a sandwich is the best way to get them to eat. 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. I made them sandwiches, and the kids ate them up. I don't think they cared whether the lunches were healthy or not. They looked fun and tasted that good. So, let's have some fun making healthy and creative sandwiches.

"A man's social rank is determined by the amount of bread he eats in a sandwich."

— F. Scott Fitzgerald

Four Cute Ideas Like Sandwich Kabobs

Tulip Sandwich

Oh my gosh, I love this sandwich because it is so colorful and fun. 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 meat 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

Tea Flower Sandwich

These sandwiches are 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 slices of bread with egg salad, tuna salad, meatloaf. The next time I make them, I will check for different kinds of leftovers such as turkey, chicken, and roast beef.

Home Cooking in Montana  - Pretty Flowers with Juice

Home Cooking in Montana - Pretty Flowers with Juice

Five Clever Sandwich Ideas

“The idea of a sandwich as a snack goes back to Roman times. Scandinavians perfected the technique with the Danish open-faced sandwich, or smorroebrod, consisting of thinly sliced, buttered bread and many delectable toppings.”

— ― DeeDee Stovel, "Picnic: 125 Recipes with 29 Seasonal Menus"

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

Let's Go Fly a Kite

I learned how to make "Let's go fly a kite" at Recipe.com. 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 the 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 beautiful long strip from a celery stick. 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. Perfect for any party activity but went well with the pool party. It takes some work to create it but well worth it. Seeing the smiles on their faces made me feel all the effort 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 fillings are cream cheese, peanut butter, and jelly, or egg salad. I used peanut butter because that was all I had. Even tuna is 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

Thai Breakfast Sandwich

My kids had a creative time making this open-faced sandwich with a Thai flair. The recipe reminds me of peanut butter toast in the morning, but the lime juice, cilantro, and sriracha take it to a whole new level of flavor. I chopped the cilantro and quartered the lime, but my kids created the rest of the breakfast sandwich.

At first, I wasn’t sure about the recipe, but I enjoy the taste of cilantro and lime – not to mention peanut butter and peanuts. Once the chopping and slicing were out of the way, the sandwich was easy and fast to make.

You toast your favorite bread, spread on the peanut butter, sprinkle the cilantro, sprinkle peanuts, squeeze a quarter lime, and dribble some sriracha over the toast. If the kids want something sweeter, they can drip some local honey over the top.

"I tell my kids a hero is nothing but a sandwich."

— Kenna McHugh

All Star Sandwich Bar

Fun and creative sandwich ideas for my kids is a simple but creative way to spend an early afternoon. Even a quick and easy breakfast toast with cinnamon, peanut butter, and a banana before school is a great way to get my kids well-fed.

Sometimes, my kids even help me make sandwiches. It is a creative process, and I feel proud of myself. When the kids help make the sandwiches, they are pleased, too.

© 2017 Kenna McHugh

Comments

Teresa on November 21, 2018:

These are too cute to eat! I plan to substitute the ham with turkey - Thanksgiving leftovers!

Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on December 06, 2017:

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

Nievs from Rizal, the Philippines on December 06, 2017:

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

Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on June 30, 2017:

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

Maz Fouche on June 30, 2017:

These sandwiches look too cute!

Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on May 23, 2017:

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

Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 23, 2017:

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.)

Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on May 23, 2017:

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.

Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on May 23, 2017:

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!

Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on May 19, 2017:

Thank you so much for visiting!!

Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on May 19, 2017:

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?

RTalloni on May 19, 2017:

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

Kenna McHugh (author) from Northern California on May 19, 2017:

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