Well this is a new and exciting endeavor for me. My little Kirsten is starting Junior Kindergarten in 2 days and I now get to start packing her lunches for school. Colour me happy. She will be going all day, Monday to Friday. Her school presents a few challenges. One is that it is peanut/nut free. That means she needs to say goodbye to her precious peanut butter sandwiches. The other challenge is that they don’t have 1 lunch break with a couple snack breaks. They have 2 ‘nutrition breaks’ each day and that’s it. That means that I have to pack her 2 of these bentos each day, but not with as much food as you would normally see. My four year old just doesn’t need two jam-packed bento boxes each day. The only boxes I have right now are these awesome lock-and-locks with 4 dividers. I absolutely love them. I’ve also ordered some two-tier bentos, but they haven’t arrived yet. I’m hoping when I get the two-tiered bentos that they will be big enough to pack her entire day’s worth of food in each layer. We’ll see.
To help give me some inspiration and ideas when making her lunches I created a lunch ideas PDF. I wanted to include foods that were healthy, and that Kirsten actually likes. If your child has different likes/dislikes you can add to the list or remove stuff. I’m pretty happy with the variety I have on it. Of course, these are just cold lunch box/bento ideas. You can always pack a thermos with hot food in it, which I will do sometimes too. They’re just not as cute!
Here’s what the printable PDF looks like:
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I printed this out and have it on my fridge so I have easy access to it when I’m making her lunches.
This will be the first time Kirsten is eating out of a lunch box, so I’ve been making her practice school bentos all week to get her used to opening/closing containers and wrappers. She’s done really well and just loves the new lunches I’ve been making her.
Without further ado, here are some of the practice bentos I’ve made this week.
Here’s some links to some of the things I used to make these bentos: