Who says you shouldn’t play with your food? When your kids are at home, it can be hard to keep them busy. Luckily, children love to play and make art with food! Popularized in Japan, a bento box provides kids and adults alike with a fun and delicious creative outlet. Don’t be intimidated by these beautiful designs, they are easier than you think! And even if they don’t quite come out like the picture, you and your kids will still have a complete blast making them!
Look below for twelve super fun ideas for your bento adventures!
1. The Happiest Onigiri!
These happy faces are sure to brighten any lunchtime! Onigiri is a Japanese stuffed rice cake that can be formed into all sorts of cute shapes and sizes. These Onigiri have cute emoji faces that are sure to delight your family!
2. Happy Animal Sandwiches
These animals are so happy to meet you! This simple tutorial shows you how to make a snack that smiles back. Children love animals and will love making this adorable bento box! It also sneaks some veggies in there to make mom happy!
3. Beautiful Egg Salad Sandwiches
There is a beautiful balance in these egg salad bento boxes. The trick with these is to use a sharp knife to achieve those clean stripe patterns. This is also an excellent option for children who are not fans of crusts!
4. Eight Cheers for These Chicken Rice Balls!
It won’t be a surprise when these chicken rice balls are a hit with your family! Just mix the ingredients, roll them into a ball (plastic wrap helps with this), and add those little surprised faces.
5. Chicken or Egg
Why not both? This bento box is perfect for the spring. This design is relatively easy to achieve, and has the potential to be absolutely delicious, not to mention healthy.
6. Poke Fun!
Poke is a Hawaiian dish that has gained popularity recently. This poke bento is a sweet and straightforward way to add some lean proteins to your family’s diet. Bento boxes also give each individual some choice in what exactly they want in their poke. This allows your adventurous little chefs to try exciting new flavor combinations while still letting the pickier ones to stay happy.
7. A Dino-Sized Hit!
Who doesn’t love dinosaurs? This bento box is an exciting way to keep you little paleontologist excited about lunch! You can sub out whatever your family’s favorite sandwich is and make this a lunchtime hit for the ages!
8. A Twist on Your Sandwich
Onigirazu is a fun twist on a traditional rice ball that is usually larger and can be filled with different sorts of sandwich ingredients. This ginger pork filling is just one idea to add a twist to traditional flavors. Let your kids pick the flavors for some extra family bonding!
9. A Beary Good Lunch
There is nothing cuter than this bear cub in your lunchbox! He is held together with peanut butter and can’t wait to be your family’s new favorite lunch item!
10. Party Under the Sea
Get your lunch ready for summer beach fun with these super cute and easy octopuses! Just a few cuts and these lovely little friends will be ready to grace any bento box above or below the water!
11. Animal Party!
These adorable animals are all dressed up and ready to join you for lunch! These little guys are a fun addition to any bento box!
12. Who is Coming for Lunch?
The wisest lunch of all is this owl-themed bento box! This easy and creative idea will make your children smile with delight!
What fun ideas have you had for your children’s lunches? There is nothing more fun for kids than planning lunch with you. That is, besides playing with their food!