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How to Make a Bear Bento Lunch Box

  • The bear bento is a great way to use up leftover meatballs, meatloaf or hamburgers.

    Antichoking warning: Remember to remove toothpicks and cut up blueberries, grapes, carrots and other food for children under 4. See our Antichoking guide for more information.

  • Serving the bento on lettuce leaves adds another veggie to the meal. You can use any of your kid's favorite leafy green: washed baby leaf spinach is a good size for little mouths.

  • This is served with a mini baked omelette and mashed potatoes, but you can use any leftover side: pasta, veggies, potato salad, mac & cheese or hard-boiled egg could work, too.
  • Spearing alternate colors of grape halves makes it fun, but you can make mini-kabobs with any combination of fruit your kid likes.
  • You can use small cookie cutters to make decorative shapes out of the cheese sandwiched between the tomatoes; let your kids pick their favorite shape, and help cut if they're old enough.

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