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The Giving Tree Bento

the giving tree

“Once there was a tree, and she loved a little boy.”

For my little girl’s last bento of preschool, I decided to do something special and create a lunch inspired by The Giving Tree. It’s a little fussier than most of my bentos – you’ll have to freestyle cut the boy, but it’s really not hard. You just need a pairing knife, a strawberry, some cheese, and a little bit of nori seaweed (you can find this at a well-stocked grocery store or health food store).

Let’s get started!

the giving tree bento

The Giving Tree Bento


carrot sticks

1 recipe single serving Greek yogurt dip

1 strawberry

1 slice of deli white cheese (like mozzarella or provolone)

Fruit (I used strawberries and a melon baller on some cantaloupe)

Popcorn or other carb

1 slice of deli yellow cheese

2 cherry tomatoes

1 stalk of celery (a leafy stalk from the inside works well)

1 piece of bread


a sharp knife

a divided lunchbox like this one

a tiny container for dip

some fun plastic picks or toothpicks


  1. Toss in the popcorn, carrots, and fruit. Add picks to the fruit if desired.
  2. Stir up the Single Serving Greek Yogurt Dip in the dip container.
  3. Cut one cherry tomato in half and skewer it with a bit of mozzarella cheese.
  4. Spread the bread with mayo or cream cheese if you want then top with the yellow cheese. Cut the celery to fit next to it, and put a tomato half on a "branch." You can secure it with a bit of mayo if needed.
  5. Freestyle cut the boy - his face, feet, and arms are made out of mozzarella cheese, shirt out of a celery leaf and a strawberry, and his hair/features are nori seaweed.



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