We’ve all uttered the phrase too many times to count: don’t play with your food! While we can’t help but reprimand our kids when their food becomes more about pushing it around on their plate than actually eating it, we also can’t help but remember our own childhood when we gotta admit, playing with food was fun. So in the spirit of making food fun (and to break up the monotony of what seems like weeks of only PB&J’s), we’ve dug up 11 of the most amazing lunches. From Wallace & Gromit to Angry Birds and even a Chewbacca lunch, these amazing mid–day meals make food fun and make you look like the coolest mom (or dad) around.
Wallace & Gromit
Everyone’s favorite duo has come to life…in edible lunch form that is. Here Gromit can be made from cheese, an olive for a nose, blueberries for the eyes, and long tootsie rolls for ears. You’ll notice that Wallace is even “wearing” his staple green sweater vest, made out of cucumber.
This lunch is all about eating healthy with dinos. Cut out your sandwich (PB&J, turkey, grilled cheese, you name it!) into a dinosaur shape. Affix eyes, and add some grapes, veggies, or crackers to the mix.
For this turtle burger you’ll need veggie burgers, burger buns, lettuce, cheese, ketchup, pickles, and edible eyes. Sneak extra veggies into the turtle burger to make this lunch more nutritious. The turtle is so cute that your kiddos won’t even notice they’re eating extra greens.
How awesome is this red angry bird lunch? Your angry bird-loving kids will get a kick out of the angry bird (it’s a sun dried tomato tortilla with ham and cheese sandwich cut into a circle) and the pretzel slingshot. Add some veggie flowers at the bottom and ta-da, you’ve got yourself a happy kid (and an angry bird).
SpongeBob SquarePants comes to life in this fun lunch, which features whole grain bread and cheese cut out into different shapes. Add some crackers, lettuce, and veggies to complement SpongeBob. Your kids will never want to eat a normal sandwich ever again.
This little piggy went to market, this little piggy went home and well, this little piggy became a yummy sandwich. We love this piggy sandwich because it’s super easy to make. All you need is some sort of lunch meat, bread, and veggies.
If your kids would rather have a bunny than a piggy sandwich then you’ll have to check out this fun peanut butter bunny. Use an english muffin, bagel or bread slice cut into a circle for the face. Slather some peanut butter on and then get crafty. Use any fruits or veggies you have around the house to make the ears, nose, whiskers and eyes.
This one goes out to all you Star Wars fanatics out there. Make your Chewbacca lunch out of wheat noodles or Japanese buckwheat noodles. First put a layer of rice down and then arrange your Chewbacca with some veggies and whatever suits your taste. Don’t forget the nose and mouth!
We’ve gotten numerous comments from our readers how much their kids love eating lunches from bento boxes. Here’s a fun take on the traditional bento box with a Hello Kitty twist. Shape your Hello Kitty with rice and use seaweed (blueberries or other dark fruit or veggies work well too). Add some cheese, crackers, fruits and veggies to finish off your healthy meal.
Your kids will love making this porcupine burger. You can use a regular burger (or switch it up with turkey meat or a veggie burger), place it on top of a bun, and add some pretzel sticks, and cheese for the eyes.
It’s a bird…it’s a plane…it’s…a totally amazing super hero lunch. Dress up your lunch for your super hero kid with “KAPOW” cut out from cheese, trail mix, fruit, and veggies. The lightening is cheddar cheese placed on a large cracker (a half bagel will do as well). Hey, even super heroes eat healthy.
— Erin Lem