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How to Make a Giraffe Bento Lunch Box

  • Got leftover rice or couscous? Either serves as the perfect bed for the giraffe.

    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.

  • Diagonally-cut green beans make a great grassy landscape for the giraffe, and tomatoes stuffed with mixed veggies are a healthy treat. Round out the meal with cut-up fruit for dessert.

  • For the giraffe, cut a thin egg omelet on top of a cheese slice into a giraffe shape -- use a cookie cutter or do it freehand (your kid won't judge -- promise!).
  • On the side, chicken nuggets (any kind you have on hand) sandwiched with ketchup is a kiddie-fave safe bet; plus, no extra dipping cup needed. Simply slice open the chicken nugget like a book and spread in ketchup (mustard or ranch dressing could work, too).
  • Cut out small cheese circles to decorate the giraffe, or give them to your kid to decorate the bento himself. Carrot flowers (see how to make with our photo guide) add extra flair.

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