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Bento Box Lunch

Me, the little Princess, and Froggy have been planning our new Bento Box lunch ideas for a few weeks in anticipation of 4th Grade starting! Yes, we are psyched!

My daughter hated the cafeteria food at school, so last year when she went back to school for 3rd grade, I started making her Bento Box lunches. 

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Bento Box Lunch crustless sandwich shapes clover and star

As we researched, my daughter said, hey maybe you can talk about our fun "TOOLS"! What a great idea I said!

Over the past year we have found some great tools that help make our morning lunch prep fast, easy, economical, and efficient – those are a few of my favorite things! 

#1 Tool: THE BENTO BOX

In the beginning we started off with 2 Bento Boxes we got from Pottery Barn Kids. Throughout the last year of Bento Boxes I realized:

Cucumber flower shape cutouts in small leak proof plastic container for Bento Box lunch
Note: the "lid" compartment inside, is NOT leakproof!
Bento Box Lunch with surprise egg Orange Car

We have found quite a few Bento Boxes that we really like along this journey and I am happy to tell you about what we like best. 

Frankly, these are my daughter’s opinions. At the end of the day, she always tells me “Mom, this leaked and made my pretzels soggy…so I didn’t eat them..”. 

Since some of our Bento Boxes are not “leakproof” I make sure I only use certain foods in those types of Boxes. 

If you are using “non-juicy” foods, then most Bento Boxes will work well with crustless sandwiches, dry foods, and anything sealed (like mini granola bars, etc.). 

Use Leak-Proof Bento Boxes or containers with these foods!

Any time I do cutouts of these fruits and vegetables (that are juicy and tend to “leak”), I use leak-free bento boxes or I use small leak-proof containers.

BENTO BOX: Stainless Steel, Individual compartments with lids, leak proof

Cucumber flower shape cutouts in small leak proof plastic container for Bento Box lunch
Bento Box Lunch
Ham on mini brioche, grapes, cherries, chips, granola bar hidden in surprise unicorn eggs!

The BEST “Leak-Free” Bento Boxes I’ve seen are definitely the “bentgo” boxes. I have a few others in my shopping carts I’ll be trying out this year, so I’ll keep you posted if I find any new ones we love. 

These do tend to be on the smaller side but they have proven to be leak-proof, dishwasher safe, and one of the easiest to use and clean.  The new ones I found look bigger, so let’s see how those are!

One of my favorite Bento Boxes is this one with individual stainless steel containers with plastic lids. 

This one has a nice lid that snaps on too and holds all the compartments together. This washes up easily in the dishwasher too! 

This little stainless steel Bento Box  with the individual compartments is great for “leak-proof” lunches. 

#2 TOOL: Fruit and Vegetable Fun Shape Cutout tools

These tools are really fun and easy to use.
Cucumber flower shape cutouts in small leak proof plastic container for Bento Box lunch
I love doing the fun shape cutouts!
Cucumber flower shape cutouts in small leak proof plastic container for Bento Box lunch
Cucumber flower shape cutouts in small leak proof plastic container for Bento Box lunch

#3 Tool: Crustless Sandwich Cutters

If I can recommend any tool that is just flat out awesome, it is these sandwich cutters and sealers that make the cutest crustless sandwiches! 

These are super easy to use and you can make amazing cute little sandwiches in 3 minutes! 

Check out some of the fun Shape Crustless Sandwiches I made this past school year! These are really fast to make with these awesome little tools!

Bento Box Lunch crustless sandwich unicorn shape
This was a fun summer practice Unicorn shape we made!
Bento box lunch ideas for kids flower crust less sandwich cutout spring healthy theme fun fast easy meal prep Flower
Flower Power! Look how lovely end pieces of bread work!
7 Easy Fast St. Patrick's Day Bento Box Lunch Ideas for kids healthy and fun
The Clover is one of my Favs! It is so cute!
Little chick with her surprise eggs on a bed of edible grass!
My daughter did this! She is great at it!
He is a bunny no matter what they say!
Bento Box Lunch

#4 TOOL: Small leak proof containers

I love these little containers for ranch dressing!

This little stainless steel containers with silicone lids are great for sauce, dressing, syrup, etc. My girl loves ranch with her carrots so I got these and they are perfect for Bento Boxes!

Mini container with ranch and bologna star!

#5 Tool: Fun Ice Packs

Bento box lunch ideas for kids flower crustless sandwich cutout spring healthy theme fun fast easy meal prep lunchbox notes

#6 Tool: Vegetable peeler

These ice packs are really cute and they stay cool for a long time! 

#7 Tool: Strawberry huller

Bento Box Lunch

#8 Tool: Wood cutting board

#9 Tool: Small paring knife

You can totally make adult versions of these cute lunches for yourself too! Never be too old to search the skies on Christmas Eve! Keep the magic alive and enjoy a little whimsy in your life!

#10 Tool: Small leak-proof containers

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