The Week in Bentos: May 12-16, 2014

by Wendy on May 19, 2014

Last week we had soccer lunches, a ferocious T-Rex, a kitty who keeps the peace and a mom who went on a lunch-packing strike. There’s a handy dandy tip for helping younger kids with hard to open packages, too.

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Monday

Preschool Soccer Bento #646

I decided to kick off Monday with a couple of soccer lunches! Kick off! Get it? Har har har!

First up is the lunch I made for my preschooler, Augie. I started wih a special treat to make his Monday a little brighter: a graham cracker sandwich filled with cookie butter and banana slices. Yum! I wrapped it up in an extra-long piece of sushi grass to emulate the grass on a soccer field. I also gave him apple slices on a paper soccer cupcake pick, a soccer ball “Easter Egg” that I filled with cheddar bunnies, a square silicone cup filled with salami slices and a soccer ball pb&j set on a bed of reusable silicone sushi grass.

To make the sandwich, I used one of the extra containers that comes with the PlanetBox Rover to cut two circles from bread. That ensured that the sandwich fit perfectly in the space. I then assembled a peanut butter and jelly sandwich like one normally would. (I’m guessing you’ve got that down pat.) Finally I used a food-safe marker to draw black pentagon shapes on the top of the sandwich. They weren’t perfect, but I think they got the idea across OK.

4th Grader Soccer Bento #909

My fourth grader, Wyatt, is less inclined to let me decorate his lunch, so the soccer stuff was toned down in his lunch box. He had a salami and pesto sandwich, the same graham cracker, cookie butter and banana sandwich wrapped in the same long sushi grass, cheddar bunnies and apple slices. This was packed in an EasyLunchboxes bento box.

4th Grader bento #909: after

This was what was left of Wyatt’s lunch after he came home. He ate the apples and picked the salami out of his sandwich. Unfortunately, it’s pretty typical for his lunches to come home with barely any food gone and I’m pretty frustrated. I can’t STAND throwing food away and the sandwich and the cookie snack were completely inedible because he purposely mixed them together. So as of last Monday, I’m going on a lunch-packing strike and making him eat at school. He doesn’t like school lunches and I would much rather feed him food from home, but if it’s all going in the trash anyway, he can toss the school’s food and save me the trouble in the mornings. I’m hoping he’ll come around soon and agree to start eating his lunches again, but until then there will be no 4th grade lunches around these parts.

Tuesday

Preschool Bento #647

On Tuesday, I packed Augie’s lunch in our green Lego bento box. He had carrots and snap peas, a chicken drumstick, crackers (in the smaller white Lego box), and cookie butter and graham cracker sandwiches with sprinkles pressed into the edges. I put the graham crackers in a rectangular silicone cup to help keep them from getting soggy.

Wednesday

Preschool Sheriff Kitty Bento #648

On Wednesday, he had the Sheriff Kitty lunch from the 3 Tools, 4 Lunches post I put together last week. You can read more about this lunch over there.

Thursday

Preschool Dino Bento #649

Dinosaur lunch! Grrrrrrrrr!

I packed this ferocious dino lunch into an EasyLunchboxes bento box. He had a T-Rex pb&j, grapes and cucumber sticks. The sandwich was made with this cool cutter and though the grapes were supposed to be dino eggs, I forgot and jabbed some leaf picks into them instead of putting them in the cucumber sticks where they were supposed to go. Oh well.

Friday

Preschool Bento #650

Friday, Augie had strawberries (with eyes!), crackers and salami, a Persian cucumber, and carrot sticks with a piece of decorative baran to make the lunch a little cuter. We received a huge box of snacks to sample from Funley’s Delicious on Thursday afternoon so I let Augie pick any snack he wanted from the box (crackers, granola bites and Stix in the Mud candies) and he chose the Pizza ‘n’ Stuff Super Crackers.

quick

Quick Tip: sometimes Augie has a hard time opening packages of crackers, granola bars and things along those lines by himself. He’s too shy to ask his teachers for help so he doesn’t eat his treat at school. If I take 5 seconds to cut a small slit in the package before putting it in his lunch bag he can tear it open by himself! I did this on Friday and it worked like a charm.

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  • Nancy

    Have you asked Wyatt why he’s not eating his lunch? I know A LOT of kids toss their lunches because they are so anxious to get outside and play. I know it doesn’t really make it less irritating that he’s wasting food. One of the things that some schools have done is make lunch AFTER the recess instead of before, so kids don’t the incentive to eat 2 bites and run outside.

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    Yes — I’ve asked repeatedly and the main thing that’s emerged is that he wants me to pack junkier food in his lunch. Ideally, I’d pack him chips, sweets, taquitos, Capri Suns, etc. and that’s not happening. We don’t even buy most of that stuff when we buy treats! It doesn’t help that the kids who do bring those items pass them around the table because he often manages to fill up on the shared food enough that he’s not starving when he leaves the lunch table.

  • Nancy

    That sucks. We have the same problem with daycare. We pack Sam a lunch, but he wants to eat the garbage that the other kids eat. Sigh. I guess we can’t control what they are exposed to.

  • Barbara

    I always pre-cut the packages for my kindergartener. Also cut a small slit in her banana so she can peel it herself.

  • http://www.wendolonia.com/blog wcopley

    The banana trick is brilliant!

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