It may seem strange for some, but I prepare my toddler’s lunch for daycare. Yes, they can make his lunches for him, but I prefer to have *some* control over what he’s eating. And the fact of the matter is, he’s uninterested in most foods unless it’s a bad-for-you option, which I’ve been trying hard to steer clear of. A few months ago, I restarted my bento challenge. I have several tools from Bento USA and through trial and error, I have some shapes that my kid really enjoys.
My goal has been to create a different lunch for my son every day of the week. These photos may not be from the same week. Sometimes, I send leftovers for his lunch (macaroni & cheese, spaghetti, other food items that we don’t eat weekly, but he loves.) But this is a good representation of what you can do each day of the week with only a few tools. Also, these meals only take a few extra seconds each day. I sometimes spend more time tracking down the outside cutter than I do in making an entire sandwich.
I have the CuteZCute sandwich cutter. I like this cutter because it comes with a frog, cat, pig and bear face. If I cut the sandwich after it’s assembled, jelly shows through the eyes or nose spaces and it looks not so appetizing. Sometimes, I opt to take all of the pieces out. As you can see below, I didn’t take the eyes out some days, and I left the whiskers on the cat. It’s all about preference that day.
I have a set of Sesame Street cookie/fondant cutters, that I scored on eBay a while ago – before his 2nd birthday last summer. They actually make really cute tiny sandwiches. I can get one “sandwich” out of one slice of bread. I can also cut cheese shapes with these and they look really cute.
Elephant cheese is a favorite!
Actually, cheese isn’t a difficult item to get my toddler to eat, but when it’s in different shapes, he loves it even more. (He really, really loves the star shape.)
These three sandwiches are actually from a four-pack sandwich template. The bread I use is just a bit too small for the template, so we only get three shapes out of it. Same as before, I cut the bread first, then put jelly on them. He has a blast with the car, elephant and dog. He likes playing with the sandwiches before eating them.
I just ordered these puzzle sandwich cutters through Amazon. I’m excited to try them out soon!
I also just purchased a dinosaur bread cutter, which he really enjoyed. (And it just so happens that the puzzle and dinosaur sandwich cutters – plus two others – a heart and butterfly – are on Pick Your Plum for SUPER CHEAP today and Thursday – or until they sell out.)
My boy’s lunches are never the same, even if they may be the same types of foods. Some days he gets cheese sticks, while most days he gets shaped cheese. His sandwiches are always different shapes and I include various fruits or a pouch of applesauce. When his foods are a bit boring, I make sure he has fun accessories to dress things up.
His Elmo sandwich container is a hit. As is his monkey lunchbox (which goes into his Skip Hop Monkey lunch bag – making him feel like a pretty cool kid.) The monkey lunchbox is a bento lunchbox from Green Sprouts. The bag can be found on Amazon (it was a Christmas gift.) I’ve picked up Sesame Street snack containers from the Target OneSpot which also help brighten things up.
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How creative do you get with your child’s meals (or are you lucky enough that they are entertained with whatever you may give them?)