There are myriad examples of menu boards on Pinterest so there's bound to be one that will meet your needs. I wanted something simple, compact, and magnetic. I already had most supplies on hand including the square linen canvas, ribbon, and several clothespins so that was my jumping off point.
Here are the supplies I used to create the Weekly Menu Board:
12 x 12 linen or burlap covered canvas
small black letter stickers
full sheet label paper
small kraft sacks
chalk & chalk pen
super strong magnets (3)
First, I glued the black grosgrain ribbon equal distance from outside edge leaving 2" of canvas showing.
I created my meal option tags in my "Pages" app on my iPad using a chart (but skipping every other space). I printed this off on a full sheet of label paper and cut out each label using my paper cutter. I also cut out several pieces of scrapbook paper (1" x 4") attaching meal option labels to each piece. You could also print directly onto your scrapbook paper. I also plan to laminate these tags for longevity.
The addition of the Weekly Menu Board was the finishing touch I was looking for to complete our Kitchen Command Center. I've already noticed our boys getting more involved choosing meals for the week. I think it's important to empower kids to make healthy food choices. What better way than involving them in choosing and preparing meals. Cooking and eating should be a multisensory experience.
Shopping for fresh ingredients at your local grocery store, farmer's market, or even picking fresh berries or corn at a local farm can be a fun outing. As a young girl, I have great memories of picking and shucking fresh corn. As toddlers, my boys loved visiting our local berry patch and could not resist sampling the yummy produce.
I hope this post inspires you to create a menu board that will encourage your family to make meal planning a fun, multisensory experience.