DIY Lunchables Bento for Kids

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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!

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  1. Ah how cute, what awesome ideas! My son would adore that pizza kit! Love the idea for the base, never would have thought of that!

  2. These are so much better than traditional lunchables because you can make them so much healthier. I love this concept.

  3. This is great! My son just started preschool so I like trying new, cute lunches :) And those boxed ones are just terrible!

  4. My son would love the Pizza Bento! I didn’t even think of that, great idea!

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. My kids love helping make their own lunches too!

  8. 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.

  9. Very cute, and nice change from a basic sandwich with chips and fruit, which is about all I ever think of packing!

  10. Love these! I wonder if it’s too late to start my youngest (age 7.5) on these!

  11. 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!!!

  12. I never thought about those disposable cups! That’s brilliant. I stopped using sauces because the containers always end up getting forgotten and I was tired of buying new ones

  13. That is so adorable! My kids would love this!

  14. What a cool idea! I never realized it, but Lunchables really are the perfect Bento addition!

  15. What great fun! My son would love to build his own lunches!

  16. I really should use disposable cupcake wrappers in my lunchboxes/ Love the idea of the build your own pizza. Very neat!

  17. I frequently make Bento Box lunches for my son. Thanks for the new ideas of things to add. I especially like the pepperonis!

  18. Really love the pizza idea!

  19. those are adorable!! I love those individual containers :)

  20. this year I am trying to make lunches more fun for my kids. I am definitely bookmarking this! Thank you!

  21. Those are so CUTE! Thanks for the fun lunch inspiration!

  22. What a cute idea!

  23. that’s the cutest pepperoni i have EVER seen, ever.

  24. What fun boxes for kids! I love that it caters to a picky eater, which I definitely have in my home.

  25. I really want to start making bento lunches for my son in school :)

  26. LOVE the mini pizza kit!! My kids would totally dig that!!

  27. I can’t wait to start making my son’s lunches!! So cute and fun!

  28. How cute!!! Making your own Lunchables is a wayyy better option!!

  29. I believe I would enjoy one of those bentos for myself!

  30. Great idea to use the silicone baking cups.

  31. Love the cute bento lunches. They are such the craze right now. I’m so glad my kids just buy lunch LOL.

  32. What a cute lunch, I bet it’s so much fun for the kids to put together a pizza!

  33. love these and my daughter would love if i made them for her lunches!

  34. These ideas are great and so much healthier than store bought Lunchables!

  35. I have really enjoyed making my son fun lunches like these. Thanks for the cute ideas!

  36. I love the idea of Bento boxes, I just don’t have the time to make them.

  37. My kids would so love this, thanks!

  38. Love this, so much healthier than the ones they sell in the store!

  39. I love making bento style lunches for my kids! I love your ideas and I am really liking your colorful little holders.

  40. Okay where did you get those little holders that you have the food in for the first photo? I have been searching all over for them and I can’t find them anywhere!

  41. I have just started making bento boxes and I am always on the lookout for ideas. These are great.

  42. Those are both great ideas! My son would love the first one. {Weirdly he doesn’t like pizza, but I’d love that one!}

  43. Good Ideas. Our daughter would have been all over these when she was in grade school.

  44. What a great idea fir the grandchildren. I am definitely going to try this with them this weekend when they come.

  45. 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.

  46. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    using these little plastic cups is a smart idea.

  47. 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.

  48. I always use the silicone cupcake holders in my daughters lunch. The little containers with lids for sauce is brilliant!

  49. Your Benton style “lunchable” looks much yummier than what we find in the grocery stores.

    I would be honored to have you hop over and share with us at Inspire Us Tuesday! (

  50. Pinned! So cute!

  51. 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.

  52. This is really cute! My kiddos would love to have a lunch like that! Thanks so much for linking up at the Project Parade:)

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