A Creative Canada Day Lunch for Kids

Celebrate Canada's birthday with this adorable lunch idea your kids will love


Photography by Jill Dubien

It’s no secret that I’m a proud Canadian, so I couldn’t let Canada’s birthday pass by without making something cute for the kids. There’s a few animals out there that signify Canada so well, one of which is the large and mighty moose. I thought a moose would make a pretty adorable sandwich, and I think I was right! This lunch was pretty simple to make and the kids loved it.

What you’ll need:
• 3 pieces whole wheat bread
• Sandwich filling—lunch meat, peanut butter, whatever you want
• 2 blueberries
• 1 red apple
• 1 maple leaf cookie cutter
• 1 sharp kitchen knife
• 1 oval-shaped cutter (I used my kids’ lunch box)
• 1 circle-shaped cutter (I used the open end of a drinking glass)


1. Cut two slices of the whole wheat bread into oval shapes. You can either use a sharp kitchen knife, or for more precise lines, be creative. I found one of my daughter’s oval lunch boxes to be perfect for cutting the bread. Prepare a sandwich out of these two oval pieces using whatever sandwich filling you desire. Place these pieces on your plate.

2. Cut the third piece of bread into a circle shape. I used the open end of a drinking glass. Place this piece of bread on your plate on top of the oval pieces.

3. Using your sharp kitchen knife and your crust scraps, cut out the antlers. You will need two longer pieces and six short pieces. Arrange these pieces of crust on your moose to look like antlers.

4. Place two blueberries on the moose sandwich for eyes.

5. Wash your red apple and slice one side off using a sharp kitchen knife. Place this sliced piece of apple on a cutting board, and cut a maple leaf shape out of it using a cookie cutter. Place your maple leaf on your plate.

Happy birthday, Canada!

Jill Dubien is a working mom who loves to craft and cook with her kiddos in her spare time. She has an awesome and supportive husband and 2 wonderful kids—a daughter who is 4 and a son who is 3. Before she had kids, Jill couldn’t cook much of anything except toast and cereal, and really despised being in the kitchen. Jill blogs at Meet the Dubiens, where she shares lots of fun foods and crafts for kids.

3 responses to “A Creative Canada Day Lunch for Kids”

  1. michelle says:

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