"I made an attempt to bento today, using our crayola sandwich boxes.
They got animal crackers, a granola bar, a nutrigrain bar, a cookie,
peanut butter on crackers, and some fruit snacks. I somehow managed
to fit all that into one sandwich box, and then a sandwich in another box.
They seemed to enjoy it, so I might have to do it more often!"
Do you know the sandwich boxes she's talking about? They are sort of shaped like a piece of bread and you can find them for sale everywhere. I see the Crayola ones at Publix in the bread aisle. I don't have Crayola ones (I've resisted, but I've wanted them!)(and I'm probably going to cave in after writing about them), but we have Wonder Bread ones (I'm a sucker for polka dots), and have collected some character-themed ones from Target's Dollar Spot and also a couple from Dollar General. (Okay, it sounds like a I have a ton of them, but really it's only about five. Okay, yeah, five does sound like a lot too, but remember I have four kids and my husband and I eat too. LOL) :)
Anywho, the reason this caught my attention is because I used to pack little bentos in those sandwich boxes all the time. :) You can really make a bento box out of just about anything. This is a bento I made for my daughter a couple years ago. She would have been about 15 months old at this time:
I used a banana cut in half as a barrier to contain fishie crackers to one side, sandwich pieces on the other side (no idea what was in that sandwich, probably pb&j), two mini silicone cups held raspberries and organic yogurt covered raisins (cut in half).
There was no fancy gear involved, but the bento came together just fine anyway! :)