The Week in Bentos: July 28 – August 1, 2014

by Wendy Copley on August 4, 2014

We are heading into the final stretch of summer guys! Last week was Augie’s final week of preschool and this week he is attending day camp for the first time. Changes are afoot in Wendolonia-land! Wyatt was home last week so I only have Augie-bentos for you today, but the last lunch in this post might be one of my all-time favorite bentos, so be sure to read to the end!

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Monday

Preschool Monday Bento #697

We started off the week with a quick-to-put-together Yumbox lunch: turkey meatballs with a mini giraffe fork, strawberries with an elephant fork, a fruit and nut bar (Taste of Nature brand), tiny little champagne grapes, cucumbers and carrot sticks.

Tuesday

Preschooler Tiger bento box

On Tuesday I sent the lunch I made for last week’s 3 Tools, 4 Lunches challenge. Get the details about this lunch here.

Wednesday

Preschooler smiley face bento

I tried to make Wednesday’s lunch cute, but honestly I think it was a bit of a failure. It wasn’t bad or anything — it just didn’t end up being very cute. I packed Ninja turtles gummy snacks, farm cookies in a squirrel cup, tomatoes from our garden, a whole mess of blueberries, and  a smiley face sandwich made with sunflower seed butter and jelly.

The sunbutter sandwich was a bit of an experiment. Augie has been able to take nuts and peanut butter to preschool for the past few years and they are a staple item in his lunches. He really loves nuts. Next year he will be headed to a 100% nut-free elementary school (the same one my older son attends) so I am hoping he’ll be happy with sunflower seed butter as an allergen-safe alternative. I decided to try out the sunbutter in advance of school starting and both kids seem to like it OK. Yay!

Thursday

Silly Star Wars bento box

Thursday was Augie’s last official day at preschool (sniff!) so I asked him if he wanted a special lunch to celebrate. He absolutely did and he asked for a “silly Star Wars” lunch, with a happy Darth Vadar. I have to admit that that his request stumped me, but after a little talking back and forth we came up with the lunch above.

I started with the easy stuff: blueberries with a storm trooper ring for decoration and red bell pepper strips guarded by Luke Skywalker. Then I added  pickle light sabers, because pickles are just inherently funny and when you pair them with light saber picks you’ve got comedy gold.  Finally, I made goofy Darth Vader and Yoda sandwiches. I started by cutting the basic shapes with a couple of our Star Wars cookie cutters, then I made smiling mouths with a small crescent cutter. I filled the sandwiches with sunflower seed butter and jam and then glued icing googly eyes on top of the bread with a small dab of the sunbutter.

Success!

Friday

I didn’t pack a lunch for Augie’s very last day of preschool because we all headed to a local park for the annual preschool picnic. It was a pot luck, so I brought one of my favorite pasta salads but the kids were so excited to play with their friends that they barely ate anything at all.


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