Tired of unpacking never-eaten food from your child’s lunchbox? Swap that lunchbox for a bento box! The adorable Japanese-inspired lunchboxes have taken the West by storm. Full of bright colors and tiny little bite-sized eats, bento boxes will suddenly tempt picky eaters with a variety of foods displayed in each section of the bento. This mini “smorgasbord” will delight your child; after all, who can resist animal-shaped cheese, pinwheel lunchmeat, flower veggies, and a neat pile of berries?
The only problemo with the bento is that they can be absurdly time-consuming to make. That’s why we pulled together seven really cute and simple back-to-school bento boxes that are kid-approved, nutritious, and easy-to-make. Bonus: You’ll never use a plastic baggie again!
Try our original back-to-school blues bento, then nab six other adorable ideas that we’ve found around the web. A whole week’s worth of lunch recipes your kids are sure to go bananas for? Happy back-to-school season, indeed!
Beat the Back-to-School Blues Bento Box
Beat those first-day-of-school blues with an all-blue bento box that’ll make your kid smile! This simple bento box pulls together easy pre-made eats that every kid will adore opening in the lunchroom.
- 1 hardboiled egg
- 2 edible eyes (try using yogurt-covered raisins!)
- 1/8 teaspoon peanut butter
- edible markers
- 1/3 cup blue yogurt
- 1 teaspoon blue sprinkles
- 1/4 cup blueberries
- 8 mini frozen blueberry pancakes
1. Decorate the hard-boiled egg by affixing the edible eyes with peanut butter. Draw a smile with edible markers.
2. Spoon blue yogurt into a small bento box container. Sprinkle with blue sprinkles.
3. Place blueberries in a small cup. Stack pancakes in the bento. Close bento lid firmly.
Bonus Idea: Leave your kiddo a note that reads, “No More Back-to-School Blues for You! Happy Lunch!”
And here are 6 more super simple bento box lunch ideas: