Many parents are packing bento-style lunches for their children. This method encourages a lot of food variety, plus kids love the extra touches that are incorporated. Check out the following examples for inspiration.
I love both the variety of food and the pressed sandwiches in this bento.
By repurposing gingerbread cookie cutters and using food coloring markers, one parent made a fun monster bento.
For a more traditional bento box, you can make rice balls, and then cut out nori into shapes to make animal faces, like this adorable panda rice ball version.
This is an adorable idea for a preschool lunch.
This ladybug-themed bento box is almost too cute to eat!
You can also pack bento snack trays, like this one. I love all of the variety you can pack into one tray.
How about a puzzle sandwich?
But repurposing cookie cutter isn't just for sandwiches. Look at this clever use for serving tofu!
Also, check out this cute use of cookie cutters for cheese slices.
My kid's lunches are looking pretty plain in comparison! I may just be inspired to make their lunches a little more fun from now on.
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