Sunday, September 2, 2012

Back to Leikkikoulu (Play school) week!

Yes it's back to playschool with Missy Lulu! It's been a wonderful summer for us, but my oldest was quite ready to head back to her playgroup/day school. I have her going later in the day so we can spend time doing art projects and playing together in the mornings. Also a added plus of having a late starting school day is sharing a nice bento lunch with her and little sister!

First day drop off with "Baby Sunshine"!

 Monday's Bento: Back to School Apples
On Monday for lunch the girls had "nalle-pasta" which is teddy bear shaped pasta with a cream sauce and a little cheese cut out apple shape. With the pasta dish they had steamed broccoli, a tomato wedge and cucumber slices. A tiny apple and a few red grapes added color and sweetness to the lunch.

Monday's Snack Bento
The girls both got a half of PBJ, a grilled chicken drumette, and a few grapes for their snack bento.

Tuesday's Pencils Bentos
On Tuesday the girls had sliced chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach with white sesame seeds and  another apple from our apple tree. I topped  mash potato with pencil shaped cheese slices decorated with food safe pen. For snack they had a PBJ with one nugget apiece, juice and grapes.

I've had a writing exercise time with Missy Lulu everyday when Baby Sunshine takes a morning nap. I love the Letter of the week exercises from the AMAZING BLOG Confessions of a Homeschooler I plan on having art projects and early learning exercises that correspond to our chosen theme of the week. "A is for APPLE." Fits perfectly!

Wednesday's Gold Star Bentos
For lunch Wednesday the girls had vegetable curry under a bed of cous-cous. I put a cheese "gold star" cut out with nori details on top of the cous-cous. Along with the warm curry they had steamed broccoli, a cherry tomato, mozzarella ball and slice cukes. For lunch's dessert the ladies had sliced nectarines and a one princess cookie!

Wednesday's snack
Here, the girls had a jelly star sammie, a meatball, and a few grapes.

Thursday's Bus Bentos
For lunch Thursday, they had fish sticks, tiny rice onigiri yellow school buses, steamed broccoli and a whole sliced nectarine. In the yellow container was ketchup for the fish sticks.

Snack was a cheese and garlic mayo sammie. Accompanying the Bus sammies were fish sticks, grapes and juice.

Painting with finger paint and apple slices for our back to school week theme!

Friday's Blackboard Bento
Friday's bento was my personal favorite! To wind up back to school week, the girls both had sliced minute steak and steamed rice. They had the usual veggies of steamed broccoli, tomato and sliced cucumber. For Friday's fruit there was sliced nectarines and a strawberry. To tie in  our back to school theme I made a simple butter cracker with nori to look like a tiny blackboard; the "writing" is sliced cheese.

Friday's Snack Bento

For Friday's snack both girls had a couple of crackers with nori, two tater tots with ketchup in the container, grapes and milk.

I think it's going to be a wonderful year! See you all next week! (^_^)


  1. Wow, I love all of these bentos. They look beautiful and delicious. You are so talented. Your girls are adorable. Thanks for sharing. Good to see you back.

  2. Love the vibrant good cheer and back to school zippiness of this post, adorable!

    1. Thank you so much Jen! I was definitely feeling zippy sending a busy four year old off to play with her friends! LoL

  3. All the lunches look amazing and very cute, difficult to choose which is my favorite:) Your girls are so precious!!

  4. I am in love with your blog design!! Your bentos are awesome also :-)

  5. Hello Anna!
    Thank you sweetie! I am enjoying your bentos as well, as a new follower. I just loved what you said about the bento being edible scrapbooking! (Yes!!)
    My blog design is Awesome because of my AMAZING designer, Cindy Jane. I hunted her down like a crazed groopie because I loved her other blog designs so! (^o^) She's the best!

  6. I love all the Back to School lunches! :))) And the girls are so sweet and cute. :)

  7. Aww thanks Ming!! We both have a couple of cuties don't we !! ^.^

  8. really describe that the school very fun!! love all the bentos.. especially the ABC blackboard..looks like the real one ;)

  9. Thanks sweetie, it's fun for mommy too! ^-^

  10. I loveeee these.. <3 I am making a school-themed bento tomorrow, hope you don't mind if i use your nori blackboard idea :)

    1. Thank you Daisyselalu!!
      Of course I dont mind!!! I know I'll get to enjoy it by seeing your wonderful interpretation; that's the great thing in bento crafting (we love sharing!!)

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