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Back to School Bento Lunch

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This back-to-school bento lunch recipe is really easy to make. You can fit most of the ingredients in a regular-sized layered thermos.

Taking just a couple of extra minutes to jazz up this regular meat & cheese sandwich makes lunch more fun for your child.

Isn’t this a fun and simple bento lunch idea?

The alphabet pieces are a cute touch, but the sandwich donut is what makes this bento box stand out.

I’m a big fan of bento boxes because they’re so cute. I use this one to upgrade the sandwich without taking a ton of time or effort from me.

Throw in a lunchbox note and you are done!

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Bento Box Tools Needed:

In order to make all the exact pieces we used for this box, you will need the following Bento Box supplies. We have linked (affiliate links) to the tools on Amazon to help you understand exactly what they look like.

Stackable Thermos

Large & Small Circle Cutters

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Boxed Lunch Ingredients:

You can find a printable recipe with instructions and ingredients below, but I like to show the ingredients list with (affiliate) links to help you see what we used for this box.

We may not have included all ingredients above, like pantry staples. So be sure to reference the entire recipe card below!

What do you put in a Bento for lunch?

Bento boxes allow for a wide variety of foods to be packed in one.

The bento box is a traditional Japanese lunch that may include foods such as sandwiches, wraps, pasta, and salads. Other snack items might be cheese or crackers which can also go in the special container to keep them separate from other foodstuffs found inside the bento box.

Soup or stew are both options for packing into your own custom-made Bento Box!

Bentos are not only fun but they offer an exciting way to enjoy different dishes with friends at lunchtime no matter what their cultural background may be!

Important Tips for this Bento Box Idea:

If your child likes mayonnaise or mustard on their meat & cheese sandwich, do not add it! Condiments can make a sandwich super soggy.

Instead, fill these little squeeze bottles and pack them in the lunch container.

If you would rather not send the little candies, use Alphabits cereal.

You could also cut the letters out of fruits and/or vegetables!

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Back to School Bento Lunch

Back to School Bento Lunch

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

A simple sandwich lunch gets upgraded with some candy letters and fun cookie cutters!


  • deli meat
  • sliced cheese
  • candy letters
  • silk


  1. Make your child's favorite lunchmeat sandwich with cheese
  2. Using a large circle, cut the crus off the sandwich
  3. Using a small circle, cut the center out of the sandwich!
  4. Hide the letters R E A D in the sandwich hole
  5. Stack everything in a thermos!


If you would rather not send the candy, include a small amount of Alphabet cereal.

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