my first Kindergarten bentos

This week Lo started Kindergarten, which means that this was my first week packing real, actual school lunches! She went to school four days this week and has been lucky to have a 'transitional' schedule (which means she starts off with shorter school days) so this was a good chance to test out my portions and packing skills. I decided to kind of go big this first week and make a Phineas and Ferb character each day. I definitely don't plan on doing these fancy lunches every single day, but I thought this first week was special so I went with it. However, I am telling Lo not to expect cartoon characters in her lunch every time. Although now I'm sure she does. Anyway! Above, we have Phineas: a sandwich, salami, two kinds of cheese, tiny fruit leather pieces for eyes, with crackers and a strawberry.
And Ferb! Again, a sandwich, two kinds of cheese, raisin eyes, cut-up fruit leather rolls, edamame and baby carrots.
This is supposed to be Isabella. (Whatcha do-in'?) I wasn't as happy with how she turned out, but whatever. Cheese, sandwich, fruit leather and a layer of carrots and Nilla wafers underneath that you can't see here.
And finally, Candace! She's my favorite. Her head is a quesadilla, with cheese for facial features and hair.  And edamame, crackers under her head, more cut-up fruit leather rolls and a strawberry. This was a ton of fun but I'm ready to move on to something different (and more basic) for next week. I also felt like I was repeating a lot of the same foods this week so my goal is to branch out more next time.

**If you want ideas for your own Phineas and Ferb lunches, check here and here.


  1. Uh, you're AMAZING. I'm lucky i I remember to get their lunchbox *in* their backpack every day!

  2. Those lunches are adorable! Wanna come pack my lunch?

  3. Thanks, you two! And Erica ... I just know that one of these days I'm going to forget to pack a lunch. It's going to happen. ;)

  4. I have trouble not repeating ingredients too much too. It's a little hard when you're buying fresh stuff and trying to make sure nothing goes bad.

    I don't get fancy with the bento (I have enough trouble keeping up with just regular lunches!), but thinking about lunches in terms of food groups instead of entre / sides has really helped me branch out.

  5. Your Bentos are gorgeous! they look so yummy that I really feel like eating them myself... :).

  6. How did I miss this post?? These are AWESOME!


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