Teach Eat Love

Circus Bento

kindergarten bento

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.

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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)

Single Serving Greek Yogurt Dip

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)


  1. Add the veggies and Greek yogurt dip.
  2. Toss in the meatballs and skewer with picks. Add the peanuts.
  3. Punch the star shape in the baby bel.
  4. Add the animal crackers.
  5. 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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