The Week in Bentos: May 30 – June 3, 2011

by Wendy Copley on June 3, 2011

Welcome to my 166th bento post! I’ve had a bunch of new readers come by in the past few weeks (Hi, new readers!) in addition to my usual bento friends (Hello, bento friends!) so I thought I’d give a little run-down of what I’m doing here.

Each week I post photos of the bento-style lunches I pack for my two boys — six-year-old Wyatt and two-year-old Augie. If you’re interesting in seeing more of these lunches I suggest you check out the bento category here on Wendolonia. If you want to see what I pack for them in the future, you might want to subscribe to the RSS feed or follow Wendolonia on Facebook. Thanks!

Monday

Toddler Bento #117

Monday the kids were both off school for Memorial Day, but Wyatt had a play date with a friend and Augie felt a little sad to be left out so I made him a special lunch. This was packed in a new box that I purchased at Daiso — very plain, but one of my favorite styles. It had cantaloupe, soy cheese cut into animal shapes, cubes of baked tofu and a few pita crackers.

It was fun to surprise him with this lunch because he was really excited when he saw the animals. As he closes in on his third birthday, Augie is entering the sweet spot for cute bento lunches. He’s old enough to notice the fun stuff now, but not too old to think it’s baby-ish. I’m going to have so much fun in the next year or two!

Tuesday

Toddler Bento #118

On Tuesday, I sent Augie to day care with leftover steak from our Memorial Day barbecue, a happy yaki onigiri from the freezer section at Trader Joe’s, grape tomatoes and raspberries. The face on the onigiri was punched out of nori with my face punches.

First Grade Bento #459

Wyatt’s lunch was packed in the Laptop Lunch Box: Pirate’s booty, grape tomatoes, raspberries, a couple of hot dogs and a bit of catsup for dipping them in (in the blue box).

Wednesday

Toddler Bento #119

Augie’s lunch had another yaki onigiri with a face on it, grapes, hot dogs and cherry tomatoes that I cut in half.

Wyatt chose to eat school lunch on Wednesday.

Thursday

First Grade Bento #460

On Thursday, Wyatt’s class took a field trip to a nearby park for a picnic and games. I thought I was packing a particularly picnic-y lunch for him, but now that I look at the photo it looks pretty much the same as all the other lunches I packed for him this week. He had lots of strawberries, Pirate’s Booty, leftover chunks of pork tenderloin and a half ear of corn from dinner the night before. This was the second time I sent corn on the cob in his lunch and the second time he didn’t eat it, so I probably won’t send it again.

Friday

First Grade Bento #461

Today’s lunch had Batman sandwiches, strawberries, chunks of cantaloupe and Pirate’s Booty. The sandwiches were cut with my new toy — this bat sandwich cutters. I haven’t found a great online source for it yet but my husband found mine for me at our regular grocery store.  (The link goes to Amazon where they sell two in a pack which seems weird and unnecessary. Why would someone need two identical sandwich cutters?)


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  • As one of your new readers, I am thrilled and inspired by your lunchpacking prowess. THANK YOU! 

  • Just started reading your blog this week (thanks to a link from Rookie Moms) and I’m so happy I found you!  My son is 10 months old and has begun rejecting any baby food or things he can’t feed himself.  He isn’t old enough yet to appreciate your creativity, but the whole bento concept is great.  I’m excited to start thinking about his lunches with your ideas.

  • You’re more than welcome! Thanks for coming by!

  • Hi Maura! I started packing lunches for Augie when he was just a bit older than your son.  Kids that age definitely do NOT appreciate any creativity, but bentos are still good because toddlers (mine at least) enjoy grazing on little bits of lots of stuff. If you want to check out some of the lunches I packed for him at that stage, I have them separated out into their own gallery on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wendycopley/sets/72157623462636421/

  • Pecache

    For those kosher moms out there: one cutter for meat and one for dairy!

  • Good point!

  • Krystyna

    How do you get the nori to stick to the onigiri (or any other surface)??  Mine always falls off.  Do you wet it?  Maybe my kid is just extra rough with her lunchboxes…

  • I wet my finger and get the rice wet, then stick the nori to it. It usually stays pretty well that way.

  • febby

    just saw a bat cutter today online for a local store here in Indonesia and thought of you. and here you are with bat sandwiches! must be a sign or something 🙂

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