I didn't start out with a theme in mind for today's lunches, was just going to do a fruit & cheese bento for the little girls and a bagel sandwich with fruit sides for the bigger kids, but as soon as I chose the cookie cutters for Pickle's peanut butter sandwich, I decided to cut their cheese into airplane shapes too.
Here's one of the bigger kid's lunches. Ham & cheese bagel sandwich, carrots, fruit leather, and grapes. Tucked under the bagel top are some cheddar clouds. Packing the bagel sandwich slightly open like that keeps it from sliding around and breaking. Plus it lets them see the cute shape when they take the lid off :)
This is how one of the little girls' bento lunches looked at first...
... but as I took the photo, I thought, "that's too much food for 2 and 4 year olds".
I'm always doing that, filling the available space, but their stomachs are small, I need to choose smaller containers for them. I repacked that one bento into 2 smaller containers, dividing the food among them, except I gave Sprout some ham instead of bunny grahams, at her request. Birdie didn't want ham, so all I had to do was cut another cheddar cloud and airplane for her :
They are back to school in 1 more day and I still don't have lunch-making down to a science! Gah! I am going to have to be more consistent with packing lunch the night before - we won't have time for trial & error on school mornings!