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I am looking for some lunch jars for my kids because I'm not sure if they have microwave privileges. I would want to send stuff like stew, chili, soup, etc. The only two I've found that look okay are the large Laptop Lunch thermos and this Fuel thermos - http://www.fenigo.com/FuelThermal.htm , I'd probably get the large one. Any input on either of these two thermoses would be great. Do they actually keep food warm? Are they easy for little ones to open? Are they the right size for a school lunch? Any help appreciated!

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I know Target carries Thermos brand thermoses that are meant for kids. They have different characters and prints and are a good size.

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We use the ones from Target made by Thermos without the characters on them. If I pre warm them with boiling water and preheat the jars it's still warm at lunch time. I've even put boiling water in after it's preheated and thrown in a hot dog.
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I am in Canada, I don't think we have target.

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I have the same Thermos brand ones from Target. I'm sure they sell them at other stores too. It's like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Foogo-Thermos-.../dp/B000O3GCFU
except I didn't pay that much! The ones I have are character ones on clearance with the back to school stuff so I only paid $8 each.

I think your older kids could open them, but my 4 yo can't. 1) It's just too big for him to get his hand around to get a good grip and 2) As the food cools slightly, it creates a slight vacuum. So, even if you're careful to not screw it too tight, it will be pretty hard to open by lunchtime. Even with the older kids I'd test it at home one day (fill with food, wait a few hours, let them try to open it) before sending them to school with it. Although, I've heard that teachers/lunch monitors will help the kids open things during lunch, so maybe it's a non-issue.
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Do the Foogo ones hold enough food for a child? They don't look very large. Do they actually keep the food warm, because my older daughter will not eat food if it's just lukewarm.

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You can get Thermos brand stuff in Superstore, Walmart, Zellers, Co-op, etc.

I'd first find out if they do have microwaves as it's just easier to do it that way. Thermos jars often don't get screwed on properly when they're done & it's quite easy to put in more than what the kid(s) will eat.
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we are in Germany where most kids bring hot lunches during the cold months. I find most at our school have this
http://www.emsa.de/english/category_...php?cat_id=142

not sure if you can get stateside...love ours.
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Why don't you call the school and see what the lunch room situation is? Around here most lunch rooms don't have microwaves. Heck we are lucky if the teachers lounge has a working microwave.

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Do the Foogo ones hold enough food for a child? They don't look very large. Do they actually keep the food warm, because my older daughter will not eat food if it's just lukewarm.
Yes, they do work well to keep the food warm. What I do is fill the Thermos with hot water and let it sit while I cook or heat up the food in the microwave. Then I empty out the water, fill it up with food, and put the lid on.

I just measured ours and it holds a little more than 1 cup. Almost 1 1/4 cups.
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