We all know school cafeteria school lunch isn't something to look forward to, and mom's packed lunches aren't always the cat's meow, either. But imagine a lunch so great that it would be the envy of the entire cafeteria. The Japanese bento box, compartmental by nature, is the perfect box to pack lunch in. Not only that, but there's a tradition in Japan of decorating the food in a bento box to look pleasing to the eye (called "kawaii") -- which, of course, is perfect for kids.

These bento box lunches from our blogger friends are designed for kids. Okay, so they may require some extra time to assemble, but at least you know your kids are eating a healthy lunch made with love and care (let's hope they're not trading them for bags of chips). Kids deserve a better, more fun school lunch and these bento boxes guarantee just that.

What do you think of bento box lunches packed for kids? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Back-To-School Bento Box Lunch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bento-logy.blogspot.com/2011/08/first-day-of-school.html" target="_hplink">Back-to-School Bento Box Lunch from Bento-logy</a></strong> Kids will love going back to school with this bento box, complete with a pencil-shaped sandwich. Use <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Casabella-53060-Jumbo-Muffin-Cups/dp/B0032AM7OM" target="_hplink">colorful silicone cupcake liners</a> to divide the fruit from the veggies.

  • Little Olympian Bento Box Lunch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://bentomonsters.blogspot.com/2012/07/olympics-bento.html" target="_hplink">Little Olympian Bento Box Lunch from Bento Monsters</a></strong> This summer's Olympics are inspiring for adults and kids alike. These bento boxes have little mascots that are <a href="http://www.thestar.com/sports/london2012/article/1234402--london-2012-as-mascots-go-the-olympics-one-eyed-ambassadors-wenlock-and-mandeville-miss-the-mark" target="_hplink">so much cuter than London's</a>. The figures are formed from rice and behind them is teriyaki chicken.

  • Piglet And Pooh Bear Bento Box Lunch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://motheringcorner.com/2009/08/05/kuromi-bento-pooh-and-piglet-bento/" target="_hplink">Piglet and Pooh Bear Bento Box Lunch from Mothering Corner</a></strong> Use creative cookie cutters, in this case of Piglet and Pooh Bear, to create these ham and cheese sandwiches. Pack the boxes with fresh fruit and vegetables cut into small sizes to make them easy -- and fun -- to eat.

  • Hello Kitty Bento Box Lunch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://happylittlebento.blogspot.com/2012/03/hello-kitty-pizzawiches-bento.html" target="_hplink">Hello Kitty Bento Box Lunch recipe from Happy Little Bento</a></strong> This box is packed with a pizza-wich made with pepperoni, spinach and cheese between two toasted sandwich thins. A cute Hello Kitty face is made from a slice of cheese.

  • Circus Animal Bento Box Lunch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bentolunch.net/2010/08/another-peanut-bento-for-ben-o.html" target="_hplink">Circus Animal Bento Box Lunch from BentoLunch.net</a></strong> Try something new when making sandwiches -- in this case chicken salad is rolled up in a tortilla and cut into little roll-ups. The lunch is finished with a circus theme complete with elephants and colorful fruit.

  • Phineas And Ferb Bento Box Lunch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://susanyuen.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/pbj-ferb-sammies/" target="_hplink">Phineas and Ferb Bento Box Lunch from Hawaii's Bento Box Cookbook</a></strong> Take your kids' favorite cartoon character and turn him into a sandwich. In this case it's an easy peanut butter and jelly sandwich packed with sliced cucumber and strawberries.

  • Old MacDonald Bento Box Lunch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bentonbetterlunches.com/2012/06/old-macdonald-had-lunch.html" target="_hplink">Old MacDonald Bento Box Lunch from Bent On Better Lunches</a></strong> This box is made with a different kind of MacDonald in mind. Teach kids the song (as well as their farm animals) through this adorable bento box lunch.

  • Alphabet Sandwich Bento Box Lunch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.bentolunch.net/2011/04/national-grilled-cheese-day-bento.html" target="_hplink">Alphabet Sandwich Bento Box Lunch from BentoLunch.net</a></strong> This lunch box features a grilled cheese sandwich topped with cheese letters. It's great for teaching kids how to spell their name.

  • Star Wars Sandwich Bento Box Lunch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://wendolonia.com/blog/2012/07/27/the-week-in-bentos-july-23-27-2012/" target="_hplink">Star Wars Sandwich bento Box Lunch from Wendolonia</a></strong> If your kid is a Star Wars fan, they'll appreciate these sandwiches made with the help of <a href="http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/star-wars-cookie-cutter/?cm_src=rel" target="_hplink">special cookie cutters</a>. Pack the bento box with lots of fresh fruit and some gold fish crackers for snacking.

  • Twinkle Twinkle Spaghetti Bento Box Lunch

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.aibento.net/2012/05/twinkle-twinkle-spaghetti-bento/" target="_hplink">Twinkle Twinkle Bento Box Lunch from Adventures in Bento Making</a></strong> Leftover spaghetti makes a great lunch the next day. This box of spaghetti is decorated with cut-out cheese stars. Alongside you'll find little smokies sausages and edamame.


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