Thursday, August 19, 2010

bento lunch: first Lock & Lock of 3rd grade

This is the first Lock & Lock bento of 3rd grade and it certainly won't be the last!
3rd grade Lock & Lock
Clockwise from top left: pickles, wheat crackers with cheddar cheese stars, grapes, fishies.

I really love the convenience of this box. It's always packs up in a flash and holds just the right amount of food so that Ethan eats all the food completely and is perfectly satisfied. I've been using this "4 square" (as I call it) Lock & Lock since he was in Kindergarten and it is still one of my top choices. :)

Someone always asks "where did you get those little boxes that fit in there so perfectly?" and the answer is - they come with it! It's sold that way as a set. :) And though I most often to use all 4 inner boxes with this Lock & Lock, it is nice to have the option of removing a couple for more versatility in lunch packing. By leaving out two of the squares you can easily fit in a whole sandwich if you cut the sandwich in half and stack the halves!

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Kelly Polizzi said... [Reply to comment]

Looking at your posts, I am starting to really like this box which i have never been keen on. Maybe I'll get me one!

Sherri said... [Reply to comment]

Great ideas! I have a 3 year old daughter I'd like to try Bento-type lunches with! Not sure where to start, though.

Also, how do you keep the meals cold until lunchtime? Do you just rely on the insulation in the lunch boxes?

Thanks and great ideas! :) Very creative!

Kandi said... [Reply to comment]

yes, a great question from sherri about keeping the meals cold! you stick them in a lunch bag with a freezer pack?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Yes, I put the bento box in a lunch bag with an icepack (usually two!). They are nice and cold at lunchtime and usually pretty chilly still when they come home at the end of the day!

Ludicrous Mama said... [Reply to comment]

If you send them with cheese, meats, grapes, juice boxes, GoGurts, etc, you can always freeze them first as well. They thaw nicely by lunchtime!

Kira said... [Reply to comment]

New to your blog, question for you. Do you think you could put dip in one of the sections and it would not leak out?

Ausmerican Housewife said... [Reply to comment]

^Kira, you can put dips and things in the compartments but they do tend to spill over to the other compartments if the box is placed on its side in a backpack. If kept flat, no worries.

I have OODLES of Lock & Lock containers at home. You could use this one and take out 2 compartments to fit in a frozen juicebox to keep it cold. That's what I do.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

If this is your 3rd grader lunch, than he must not eat much. My 3 year old eats this much. It certainly would not be enough for my 2nd grader. Am I missing something?

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

Nope, you're not missing anything. My oldest has never been a big eater at school. My two youngest eat much more than he does also.

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