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Creative Lunchbox Ideas Your Little Ones Will Love

As we’re all very familiar, children may not be the most easygoing of eaters during mealtimes, especially when it comes to the greens. A reason why the kids’ menu in restaurants usually come in a vibrant setup—from the colour and shape of the ingredients right down to the cutlery used—is to entice the little ones and make them more inclined to finish their meals.

A sure way to make mealtimes less of a challenge for you is to make them more interesting for your child. These can be achieved through these attractive and kid-friendly lunchbox meal ideas!

Piglet & Tigger Onigiri Lunchbox

 
 
 
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We’ve probably heard a lot about Japanese-style creative kids’ bentos. A simple way to replicate your own Japanese bento is to master the art of making and decorating an onigiri (Japanese rice ball). The onigiri is a popular subject in kids’ bento and thus, learning to mould rice into a circular or triangular onigiri is a lead in to other more complex menus. Moulding rice to become other unique shapes and characters is also a good way to attract your child’s attention, and make the staple appear more appealing to consume. Here we see how Winnie the Pooh characters Piglet and Tigger are creatively incorporated into an onigiri rice ball by using ham and carrots.

Sesame Street Lunchbox

 
 
 
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Using colours in your meals is always a good idea to make everything appear more lively and captivating for your child. For example, this mother-of-three used vegetables and spices to colour her rice servings a brilliant yellow, blue, and red, probably inspired by the famous Sesame Street characters Bert, Cookie Monster, and Elmo, respectively. 

Spongebob Squarepants Salad Lunchbox  

 
 
 
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Children are not exactly the biggest fan of vegetables and salads. One trick to make them willingly down these nutritious greens is to package them into their favourite animated characters, e.g. using corn kernels as a base to form the face of everyone’s beloved talking sponge—Spongebob Squarepants.

Pikachu and Hello Kitty Lunchbox

 
 
 
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This impressively true-to-life Pikachu (Pokémon) lunchbox looks almost too good to be eaten. If it’s enticing even for adults, this lunchbox is definitely good enough to grab the attention of your little ones. Learn how to recreate the lunchbox idea here.

 
 
 
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The same highly-praised bento maker also teaches you how to make Hello Kitty-inspired sushi rolls, perfect for your girls! Learn how to recreate the lunchbox idea here.

Rilakkuma Sandwich Lunchbox

 
 
 
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Apart from the mains, you can also surprise your little ones with a decorated lunchbox of snacks or treats to make snack time/tea time all the more delightful. You can choose to make use of spreads to “paint” faces or characters, like how this mum did in her Rilakkuma peanut butter sandwiches.

Spaceship Sandwich Lunchbox

 
 
 
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Fluffy sandwiches make a good base to carve a variety of interesting shapes, like spaceships.

Batman Sandwich Lunchbox

 
 
 
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Or how about surprising your child by making familiar or favourite characters like Batman? Character cutters are available from The Lunch Punch.

Ice cream-inspired Lunchbox

If your child is more drawn to sweet treats, another way to get him or her to pay equal attention to the mains is to transform your main menus to look like your child’s favourite desserts. For example, shape your rice to look like ice cream bars, or milk cartons and cookies! You can even make use of inedible props like ice cream sticks or plastic straws to make your work appear even more realistic.

 
 
 
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 Milk and Cookies-inspired Lunchbox

 
 
 
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Cow-inspired Lunchbox

 
 
 
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For easier-to-execute lunchbox ideas, replicate this cow-inspired lunchbox that requires less moulding and cutting as compared to the lunchbox ideas we’ve seen above. Simply place the ingredients neatly side by side and sprinkle seaweed bits strategically to imitate the spots on the cow’s body. Lastly, roll a circular rice ball and top it with seaweed and sliced ham to form the cow’s face, and your cow-inspired lunchbox is complete!

Singapore Nasi Lemak and Nasi Ayam Lunchbox

Get your little ones to savour local delights like nasi lemak and nasi ayam with these Singapore-themed lunchbox ideas.

 
 
 
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While they require more intricate handwork, it’s definitely a one-of-a-kind way to introduce your child to various Singaporean food.

Heart-shaped Onigiri Lunchbox

 
 
 
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Lastly, there’s no better way to express your love for your child than to make a love-filled lunchbox, literally packed with adorable, heart-shaped rice balls!

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