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Bento #104 – Lotsa love

Woohoo.. we survived the first day of school and the first lunch at school!! Going into the new school year, I was not worried about Lil’ C adapting to her school work but I was more worried about lunch time. Lil’ C is a pretty good eater but she is also a very slow eater. Their lunch time is only 20 minutes, so I have my doubts about her finishing her lunch. So for today, I prepared a very simple lunch but with lotsa love. 🙂

Kids Bento #104 - Lotsa love

The bento contains heart-shaped ham and lingonberry sandwiches, checkered apples and carrot sticks. I confess, I sneaked into her lunchroom to check on her. She managed to finish 2 big heart sandwiches and some carrot sticks before time’s up. Sigh. . . . . I will really have to try to keep her bento simple and easy to eat this year.

So tell me, do your kids get a longer lunch hour or they have 20 minutes too?  Do they manage to finish their lunch?

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  • Lisa September 4, 2010, 4:27 pm

    My son started college this year and my daughter has school at home but when they were in school they had 20 minutes for lunch. Which really meant more like 15 because they had to get there and back during that time too. If they had to stand in line for food it could be as little as 5 minutes to eat. Crazy.

  • Terri September 4, 2010, 6:49 pm

    This looks delightful. I am new to bento and will be starting this week with my 1st grader. He gets plenty of time to eat, but is on a special diet. I am hoping to get some more ideas from your blog.

  • Jenny September 6, 2010, 10:00 am

    My daughter is in kindergarten this year and they supposedly have 30 minutes. How much of that is spent lining up and walking to the cafeteria and sitting and opening, I have no idea. I suspect they’re averaging 20 minutes for lunch too.

    She brings home about half her bento every day saying she didn’t have enough time. Part of that, I’m sure, has to do with her gabbing instead of eating. The other part is that she’s also a slow eater.

    Luckily she’s been pretty good about eating the main dish (typically some kind of sandwichy thing) and some fruit or veggies. I do put a small treat in several times a week (such as mixing in a few mini chocolate chips with her edamame/pretzel “trail mix” or whatever, but she isn’t focusing on that thank goodness!

    I’m really glad we’re not doing hot lunch. I have no idea how those kids manage any time to eat. I remember in high school getting in the hot lunch line and literally STILL being in line when the lunch-is-over bell rang and having to go without.

  • kelly October 27, 2010, 7:09 am

    I just love your bentos. They are always wonderful and pretty. I have to know how you get the white background! It really helps to just focus on the bentos and I would love to do this for my pictures.

  • fang fang November 13, 2010, 7:50 am


    I am new to bento-making. I Just curios how to make the checkered apple, can you let me know?

    Thanks a lot!

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