Preschool Bento Update

by Wendy Copley on May 14, 2008

I thought I’d give a little update on how the lunches I’m packing for preschool are working out. Here are some of the lunches I’ve made in the past few weeks:

Preschooler Bento #4: April 28, 2008

This lunch had banana bread, turkey roll-ups, cheese men, watermelon chunks and a home-made granola bar. I made the cheese men by folding over a slice of muenster cheese and using little cookie cutters to cut the men out. I “drew” the faces on with a toothpick.

Preschooler Bento #5: April 30, 2008

Here we have PB&J on wheat bread, grapes, cheddar cheese cubes and cherry tomatoes with a little bit of balsamic vinegar. You’ll notice that I try to get at least one fruit or veggie in each lunch along with something bread-like, a bit of protein and some calcium. I’m also trying to get a mix of colors and textures in each lunch.

Preschooler Bento #7: May 6, 2008

This is one of my favorites. I sent a Babybel cheese with a teddy bear cut out of the wax, salami (one of his favorites) grapes and a mini cinnamon raisin bagel. To cut the bear, I took a small cookie cutter and pressed it into the wax on the cheese — far enough that it cut into the cheese a little. Then I just pulled out the cookie cutter and peeled the cut out shape off the cheese. It’s super easy and soooo cute.

Preschooler Bento #6: May 1, 2008

This lunch had turkey and cheese roll-ups, a silicon baking cup full of Cheerios, Cheez-its, strawberries and another baking cup full of yogurt. I put a happy banana food divider on top of the yogurt to minimize “sloshing”.

We got off to a great start with the lunches, but then the amount Wyatt was eating started to taper off to pretty much nothing. When we opened his lunch box up the day I sent the yogurt lunch for example, there was nothing gone from it — at least nothing I could identify. He often will eat some of his lunch when he gets home from preschool, but by five o’ clock many of the foods are no longer safe to eat, so I was finding myself throwing out more and more food. That kind of food waste was really starting to get to me, so on the advice of his preschool teachers, a kind commenter on Flickr and my own logical brain I decided to start packing less food for him. I’ve been limiting myself to one tier in his bento every day for the past few days and it’s been working out pretty well. Even though I’m sending less food, he is eating more. I’m thinking now that the bigger bentos were just a bit too overwhelming.

Preschooler Bento #9: May 9, 2008

Here we have a half PB&J cut into strips, cheese stars, strawberries and multigrain crackers.

Preschooler Bento #10: May 13, 2008

This one has grapes, a mini-blueberry muffin, salami and more multi-grain crackers. The mini muffin is from Trader Joes and these have been the hit of this week. The TJ’s muffins are basically little pieces of cake though, so I think I will make some home-made mini muffins to have a little more control over how much sugar goes into them.

Preschool Bento #11: May 14, 2008

This is today’s lunch: turkey hot dog cut in half length-wise and then into chunks, ketchup for dipping in the pink container, apple chunks and another mini muffin. The hot dog is new and I’m hoping the novelty (and the beloved ketchup) will get him excited enough to eat it.

For many more ideas for preschool lunches and bento boxes, please check out the bento category on my blog here. I’ve also answered some questions about the supplies I use for my bentos in a post over here. And I’m constantly adding photos to my preschool bento set over on Flickr, so you can see more ideas there.

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  • Sarah,

    My use of those two words on Twitter had been, until you, unprecedented! Because that’s just how special you are.

  • Khennedie

    Wow, I found this through another site. People, chill out. Sarah said something you didn’t like, you freaked out, she dealt with it, you continue to freak out, she complimented Wendy, you’re still freaking out.

  • Khennedie

    Wow, I found this through another site. People, chill out. Sarah said something you didn’t like, you freaked out, she dealt with it, you continue to freak out, she complimented Wendy, you’re still freaking out.

  • Joshua

    I’m kind of wondering if Sarah was even serious to begin with. Look at the reaction she got. She’s probably sitting back laughing somewhere.

  • Joshua

    I’m kind of wondering if Sarah was even serious to begin with. Look at the reaction she got. She’s probably sitting back laughing somewhere.

  • Oh come on guys – mom’s just want to have fun! Some moms make heart shaped sandwiches, some moms take their kids on geocaching expeditions, other moms have fun-hand making Halloween costumes. Let’s face it, being a mom verges on being geeky anyway.

    Our kids are small enough to enjoy these acts of love (no matter how you do them) for such a short time anyway!! It’s inevitable that our kids will eventually grow out of the things we love to do for them. But hopefully they’ll tell us when they do – so we can move on to something else, done equally out of love but that better meets their ever changing needs.

  • Oh come on guys – mom’s just want to have fun! Some moms make heart shaped sandwiches, some moms take their kids on geocaching expeditions, other moms have fun-hand making Halloween costumes. Let’s face it, being a mom verges on being geeky anyway.

    Our kids are small enough to enjoy these acts of love (no matter how you do them) for such a short time anyway!! It’s inevitable that our kids will eventually grow out of the things we love to do for them. But hopefully they’ll tell us when they do – so we can move on to something else, done equally out of love but that better meets their ever changing needs.

  • Laurie

    Totally digging the bento wars. I find it incredibly hilarious that such a debate has taken place over blog entries by one of the nicest people on the planet.

  • Laurie

    Totally digging the bento wars. I find it incredibly hilarious that such a debate has taken place over blog entries by one of the nicest people on the planet.

  • Michael

    And right after Sarah’s post, someone named Mike comes up to defend her! They seem to have the same exact opinion and says the same exact thing but with a twist! Lesbianism! : O
    Amazing! People have a name for that. A sockpuppet. Obviously a fake person made up by Sarah. D:< didn’t have to use my name though.

    http://wiki.fandomwank.com/index.php/Sockpuppet

    Welcome to Fandom Wank.

  • Michael

    And right after Sarah’s post, someone named Mike comes up to defend her! They seem to have the same exact opinion and says the same exact thing but with a twist! Lesbianism! : O
    Amazing! People have a name for that. A sockpuppet. Obviously a fake person made up by Sarah. D:< didn’t have to use my name though.

    http://wiki.fandomwank.com/index.php/Sockpuppet

    Welcome to Fandom Wank.

  • Mary

    What a fun idea! I don’t have children, but I plan on brightening up my next Monday with something similiar – what the hey!

    P.S. Very puzzled about some of the mean comments I’ve seen. My goodness, sometimes a banana is just a banana. Even if it’s cut into a cute shape. Keep on trucking!

  • Mary

    What a fun idea! I don’t have children, but I plan on brightening up my next Monday with something similiar – what the hey!

    P.S. Very puzzled about some of the mean comments I’ve seen. My goodness, sometimes a banana is just a banana. Even if it’s cut into a cute shape. Keep on trucking!

  • Kim

    Not sure what the score is now but I vote for Yea, Cute bentos!

  • Kim

    Not sure what the score is now but I vote for Yea, Cute bentos!

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  • Just for the record, I used to teach at a private school in Canada and some parents did things like this. It was welcomed by all, children and teachers. But then it was Canada where the vindictive lesbians can roam free and marry!!!!

    On to brighter things…the scratch made granola bars, are they good? I’ve been looking for a good recipe and have yet to find one!

  • Just for the record, I used to teach at a private school in Canada and some parents did things like this. It was welcomed by all, children and teachers. But then it was Canada where the vindictive lesbians can roam free and marry!!!!

    On to brighter things…the scratch made granola bars, are they good? I’ve been looking for a good recipe and have yet to find one!

  • Helen — The granola bars are great. I just blogged about them in another post: Home Made Granola Bars

  • Helen — The granola bars are great. I just blogged about them in another post: Home Made Granola Bars

  • Peri

    Those are awesome, I wish my mom had made me cool lunches like that when I was a kid. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Peri

    Those are awesome, I wish my mom had made me cool lunches like that when I was a kid. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • Caroline

    Those are the most adorable lunches I have ever seen. ๐Ÿ˜€ Man, I have the urge to go cut cheese into shapes now.

  • Caroline

    Those are the most adorable lunches I have ever seen. ๐Ÿ˜€ Man, I have the urge to go cut cheese into shapes now.

  • Wow… this was nuts! I am a mom and I can tell you that looks are everything…. somehow a turkey sandwich is just yummier when shaped like a star! Rock on with the Bentos!

  • Wow… this was nuts! I am a mom and I can tell you that looks are everything…. somehow a turkey sandwich is just yummier when shaped like a star! Rock on with the Bentos!

  • Kashira

    Oh, that’s adorable! <3

  • Kashira

    Oh, that’s adorable! <3

  • Moggy
  • Moggy
  • I love your bentos! Check mine out and let me know what you think!

  • I love your bentos! Check mine out and let me know what you think!

  • tish

    Great inspiration. The picture give me so many ideas. I need to check around to see if you have ideas on hot/warm lunches.

  • tish

    Great inspiration. The picture give me so many ideas. I need to check around to see if you have ideas on hot/warm lunches.

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  • LOVE this. you can make me lunch if you wish. I’m bookmarking this idea

  • LOVE this. you can make me lunch if you wish. I’m bookmarking this idea

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