Adorable Kid Lunches That Are (Almost) Too Cute to Eat

Because who says you can’t play with your food?

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Some days call for a little bit of creativity, and why not channel that into the little ones’ cuisine? From themed bento boxes to edible cut-out displays, these adorable lunch ideas will help make meals for the kids (or yourself!) more fun.

Circus Animals

Surprisingly, recreating this adorable presentation by Lisa Storm takes very little time. Fresh cut fruit, animal cookies, and tortillas are all that’s needed for a light meal that’s sure to delight the little ones. Add an extra touch of cuteness with these bento box food picks.

Healthy Rainbow Sandwiches

Taste the rainbow the healthy way. Colorful ingredients like carrots, peas, and beets let you create veggie-packed sandwiches that look like works of art. The recipe from In The Playroom will be loved by adults and kids alike.


Woodland Animal Toast

Toast is always a winner, but this animal toast by Fork and Beans is next-level adorable. With a few easy tricks using cereal, fruit, and spreads, you can create the image of your child’s favorite woodland creature that is just as sweet as it is tasty.


Galactic Bento

This lunch box by Wendolonia is young Jedi and mom-approved. By incorporating a film favorite into lunch, your child will be more likely to eat it all, veggies included.


Hungry Hippos

Fill these hippos with a variety of ingredients from thinly sliced kiwis to cream cheese and almonds. In under 30 minutes, you have a fun snack that is simple and vegetarian. Get the full recipe over at Two Healthy Kitchens.


Rocket Ship

Up, up, and away! This bento box by Eats Amazing includes fresh greens, a healthy sandwich, fruit, and veggies all packed up in a cool rocket ship themed box that will surely put a smile on your little one’s face.


Dinosaur Sandwich

Take things to prehistoric levels with cut-out sandwiches and an egg in a nest (using a spotted hardboiled egg and pretzel sticks). The Wendolonia creation is perfect for the dino-enthusiast who needs a lunchtime pick-me-up.


“Sushi” Sandwich

Roll up your little one’s favorite sandwich flavors, and cut them to make these little sushi rolls by Weary Chef. Complete the lunch with homemade dip and chopsticks.

Birdie in a Blossom Tree

This lovely scene by Canadian Family is so easy to recreate, you’ll wonder why you didn’t dabble in food art before. Using fruit, vegetables, and grains, you can ensure your kids get a well-balanced lunch that’s also a treat to look at.


Fairy Sandwiches

Some days call for celebrating. Surprise the birthday boy or girl with these sprinkle sandwiches by Pizzazzerie, and make their school day extra special.


Frog Prince

Here’s one way to get them to eat their peas: Using cucumbers, tomato, cheese, and raisins, you can create a sweet frog face in just a few minutes. Fridgecheck makes it look easy.


Floral Shapes

Put those cookie cutters to good use with flower-shaped food that will be a guaranteed hit with the kids. We promise a little extra effort goes a long way. Get the full tutorial including other healthy ideas from Alpha Mom.