DIY Lunchables Bento for Kids

I have made a lot of school lunches throughout the years and there are two important things that I have learned – keep it fun and offer lots of variety. Doing these two things will ensure that kids will not only eat, but will enjoy their lunch. Variety is important, especially if you have picky eaters. With one of my daughters the list of dislikes seemed to change daily, so I never knew if she loved PB&J or hated it. Packing a bento lunch for kids is one of the simplest ways to keep lunchtime fun and offer variety.

DIY Lunchables Bento for Kids

DIY Lunchables Bento for Kids

The beauty of a this lunch is that it’s healthier than the pre-made box kind, and offers the flexibility that you need for picky eaters. To keep it fun I cut the meat, cheese, and cucumber into flower shapes with a small flower shaped cutter. If you don’t have silicone baking cups, the paper baking cups will work just fine.

What’s in the box?

whole grain crackers
thick sliced deli meat (I used a combo of bologna and chicken.)
sliced cheese (I used a combo of Cheddar and Provolone.)
cucumber slices
cherry tomatoes
red seedless grapes

Don’t worry about being wasteful when using the shaped cutters. The extra meat and cheese makes for a nice breakfast for you Mom, or if your at my house it’s a treat for the two begging dogs at your feet.

DIY Pizzables Bento for Kids

DIY Pizzables Bento for Kids

This Pizzables lunch is a favorite of the older kids. You can mix and match the toppings based on your child’s preferences. What’s in the box?

Pizza Crust – For the crusts I used whole grain round sandwich thins.

Sauce – I used bottled pizza sauce, but you could use spaghetti sauce or homemade sauce.

Toppings – I couldn’t resist the mini pepperoni, but sliced ham would be good too. You could add mushrooms or really get crazy with the toppings if your kid is a veggie lover.

Cheese – Shredded Mozzarella is what I used. Any shredded cheese blend would do the trick. Just use whatever you have on hand.

Fruits and Veggies – I rounded this lunch out with some blueberries and baby carrots.

Bento for Kids DIY Pizzables

Pictured above are the mini plastic cups I used for the pizza sauce and pepperoni. They have lids and fit perfectly on top of the pizza crusts. I believe I picked these up at Walmart the last time we made ice cream treats for the dogs. You can reuse them several times, that is if they make it home from school.

When packing school lunches, remember to keep it fun and offer lots of variety!

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Chevrolet via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Chevrolet.

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  1. says

    I LOVE this bento box!! This is actually something my kids would eat! They won’t touch sandwiches anymore. And always begging for lunchables. So now I can make my own. One very happy Mama right here.

  2. says

    I love this!
    Camp lunch is such a struggle every summer. During school he eats their lunch, but he is never thrilled, thanks to you now I have back-up!

  3. says

    We’ve been doing bento style for over a year and the girls pick what they have in it. My only issue is leaking liquids, so I’ll have to look into smaller containers with lids like you used.

  4. says

    I love the pizzables option! I am so stuck with bland and boring ideas. I’m not sure Emma would do the meat/cheese/crackers option as she doesn’t like lunch meat, but the pizza option I will try out very soon. Thanks for the idea!!!

  5. M.Clark says

    This is very cute. A great way to get your child to eat something he or she might not normally eat is to cut it into little shapes. Thank you for sharing this post, it’s a great idea.

  6. Snežana.T. says

    Great idea. After these holidays my daughter I will surely like packed food for the school in its box. Very well organized, colorful and practical.

  7. Cynthia says

    Oh my goodness! These are absolutely adorable and so creative. My daughter would have gone wild for these when she was younger. Thank you for linking at the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you again next week.

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