Thursday, May 20, 2010

walking with elephants

My family loves elephants. Before we even had children, my husband and I would "adopt" an animal at the zoo, our sponsorship helping aid programs and projects at the zoo. We always chose the elephants!
When we moved across the country to our new (and current home) the first piece of artwork we purchased for our house was elephant art. Elephant art being actual artwork painted by an elephant. Our specific piece was painted by Kiba, from the Nashville Zoo. Elephants are always close to our hearts. :)

The elephant themed lunch my little girl enjoyed earlier this week.
for the love of elephants

A jelly sandwich on whole grain bread, shaped into mommy & baby elephants with The Lunch Punch elephant sandwich cutter from the "Critter Cutters" set. Eyes are sprinkles.
Around the sandwich is a piece of fruit leather cut into an elephant shape (from a set of cookie cutters by Williams-Sonoma), a piece of heart-shaped fruit leather (because we heart elephants, of course!), some cheddar cheese elephants, and lastly, a little dish of peanuts. Because elephants and peanuts go together...well, like peanut butter and jelly! ;-)

save the elephants!
In the two smaller sections of this EasyLunchboxes container is an elephant-shaped boiled egg (shaped using this elephant onigiri shaper from JList) and some strawberries and grapes with a gratuitous elephant pick added for decoration.

This lunch was a big, BIG, hit with my girl. As evidenced by the exuberant elephant sounds she trumpeted throughout the entire meal. LOL :)

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Carissa said... [Reply to comment] little one would go crazy for this one. Super cute! My DD loves elephants lately and runs around making noises with her trunk everytime she sees a picture of one!

Jenn @ BentoForKidlet said... [Reply to comment]

What a lovely tribute to Kiba!

indngirl1970 said... [Reply to comment]

i saw the elephant sandwich cutter and thought cute. but after seeing your creation, i have to get one!!!

Raji P. said... [Reply to comment]

ohhh myyyy! that has got to be the CUTEST lunch I have seen in my life! But how can one eat those cute things? sniff sniff.

Ang said... [Reply to comment]

So adorable!!!

Today I sent my 6yo son with a brand new lunch. I included grapes and strawberries with 2 of the cute little picks (the little fork ones you use for fruit, the animal ones) and I also put rolls of ham on some of the picks with the cool geometric shapes in there.

He threw them away!!!! I am so sad. Usually they have to bring home their lunches with the stuff they didn't eat left in them. So I did not think to tell him to keep the forks and picks. Well he came home with a totally empty container, and I had packed it full with carrots, pretzels and goldfish along with the strawberries, grapes and ham. WAH!!!!!!!!!!

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Oh no, Ang!!! How sad! :( I'm sorry!

My son is careful to not throw away the picks. I've told him to never throw anything away at all - just pack it back up and bring everything home, which he does MOST of the time. But the brand new 4 leaf clover silicone cup I used for St.Patrick's day was thrown away. He didn't like the green Skittles I had packed so he threw them in the trash, along with the cup. So sad! It was such a cute and handy size to have. I had to pull out my big long-winded "don't ever throw anything away!" mantra. *sigh*

Mrs. Ed said... [Reply to comment]

I have heard of cats that paint, but I had no idea elephants could too. How cool. I love the elephant theme lunch. I always look forward to your posts. Since starting Bento boxes, my son almost always eats all his lunch, they have been such a blessing. Children really do seem to enjoy food this way.

Wendy said... [Reply to comment]

This is so freaking adorable! I love your theme lunches -- I wish I could get my act together to make something similar more often.

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