My oldest started kindergarten last week and, since her teacher chose cute circus decorations for their classroom, she asked for a circus lunch for her first day of school. This bento was easy to throw together – especially if you keep meatballs in the freezer for quick meals.
Circus Bento Box
Cloudy with a Chance of Teriyaki Meatballs (I make a double batch and keep them in the freezer for dinners and lunches but omit the sauce)
Vegetables (I used carrot chips and cucumber cut into stars with a cookie cutter)
A few peanuts (obviously omit if your kid goes to a nut-free school)
Animal crackers (whole wheat and flax recipe coming soon)
Babybel cheese or similar
Fruit (I used cantaloupe and watermelon; you could also use pineapple or honeydew)
Metal star shaped cookie cutter
Lunch box with compartments like my PlanetBox Lunch box
Silicone muffin liners
A small round cookie cutter (I used a flower shape, but you could use a pastry tip or apple corer - whatever you have)
A sharp knife
A few animal themed food picks (optional but fun)
- Add the veggies and Greek yogurt dip.
- Toss in the meatballs and skewer with picks. Add the peanuts.
- Punch the star shape in the baby bel.
- Add the animal crackers.
- Using the photo as a guide, cut slightly triangular wedges of melon (for the roof of the tent) and a square for the main tent. Punch half of the circle into the bottom of the tent for the door and insert a piece of the contrasting color fruit in the door.
Circus tent idea from
Circus tent idea from the wonderful Everyday Bento by Wendy Thorpe Copley.
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