The Week in Bentos: August 29-September 2, 2011

by Wendy Copley on September 2, 2011

We’re getting closer to a normal lunch schedule again, so there are lots of lunches this week. Augie finally started his normal preschool schedule on Thursday so I’ll be packing lunches for him four days a week going forward. Yay!

Monday

2nd Grader Bento #470

On Monday, Wyatt took the Laptop Lunchbox to school. This lunch box holds a bit more than our other boxes and it’s convenient because I can put enough food in it for lunch and his morning snack. He had strawberries, grapes, graham crackers, alphabet Cheez-its and Darth Vader and Yoda ham sandwiches.

Tuesday

I had nothing at all in the house to put in a lunch box on Tuesday, so Wyatt had school lunch. Cheesy beef soft tacos — I’m sure they were horrifying.

Wednesday

2nd Grader Bento #471

On Wednesday Wyatt’s lunch revolved around some leftover pulled bbq chicken that I heated up and put into the thermos. I also included some slider buns so he could make a couple little sandwiches and I rounded out the lunch with strawberries and a mini brownie bite. Wednesday was Augie’s birthday and I took the brownie bites to his preschool for a treat to share with the other kids. I snuck this one out of the box so Wyatt could have a little treat too. He told me that he said “Happy Birthday, Augie!” before he ate it.

Big Kid Snack #174

I also sent some goldfish crackers and grapes for his morning snack.

Practice Preschool Bento #140

Augie didn’t take his lunch to preschool on Wednesday, but he had a bento box at lunchtime. The teachers at his preschool help the kids with their lunches, but he’s expected to be more independent with his lunch than he was at day care, so I wanted to give him a practice run. I made him a bbq chicken sandwich too, and packed the rest of the box with tomatoes from our garden, a strawberry and some cheese crackers.

He very carefully instructed me to put his bento in his backpack and zip it up. Then he put his backpack on and walked from the kitchen to the living room and set up his lunch on the coffee table. Normally, he doesn’t get to eat anything messy in there, but he got a pass this one time because it was his birthday.

Lunch practice

Thursday

First Day of Preschool Bento #141

Thursday was Augie’s first “official” day of preschool where he stayed the whole time. Since I’d had such good success with his lunch the day before, I packed nearly the same meal for him to take to school. He had tomatoes from the garden again, grapes, a strawberry, strips of deli turkey, soy cheese car cut-outs, and goldfish crackers. His teachers were impressed that he ate every bite.

Second Grade Bento #472

Wyatt also had turkey strips, strawberries, goldfish, garden tomatoes and a mini-bagel with cream cheese. He did not eat every bite.

Friday

Preschool Bento #142

Today, Augie had a ham and soy cheese airplane sandwich, grapes, honey wheat pretzel sticks and yellow tomatoes.

Second Grade Bento #473

Wyatt had ham and Laughing Cow cheese Batman sandwiches, grapes and pretzels. He had a cereal bar for his snack too.

This lunch was  a little smaller than the others I’ve packed this week because Wyatt is hardly eating his lunches at school. He says he is running out of time to eat because the second graders are seated after the first graders and have even less time to eat than they did last year. I’m sure part of the problem is that he’s chatting with his friends, but I’m guessing he’s losing at least 5 of the 20 minutes he has for lunch waiting to sit down. He is starving when he gets home from school and usually sits down and finishes his lunch first thing when he walks in the door. I’m sure that’s affecting his concentration in the afternoons. When will school districts learn that kids need more time to eat? I think these short lunches are really getting out of hand.


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