My four-year-old, Jack, loves to help me cook. Whenever we have a “do-it-yourself” meal (e.g., assembling our own pizzas, burgers or lettuce wraps), he’s happy as can be. So, I decided to make him a “DIY bento,” where he can make his own sandwiches. As you’ll see, this lunch was very easy to throw together.
The bottom layer of his two-tier bento box from Old Navy contains two halves of a Hawaiian sandwich bun. Between the bun halves, I wedged two silicone muffin cups. The top one has cheddar cheese slices cut into a “4” shape — my mom got me number cookie cutters last week (so fun!). The bottom cup has strips of dry salami (I just tore five salami rounds in half) arranged around a homegrown cherry tomato. To fill in the “ears” of the bento box, I threw in the last of the cherry tomatoes from our garden.
The top tier of the bento box is a fruit salad: clementine wedges going diagonally down the middle, pears on the upper left side, and strawberries on the lower right side. I included an animal pick so his hands don’t get all sticky.
And there you have it: A cute lunch assembled in under 15 minutes. Score!