Friday, January 6, 2012

Lunches Jan. 2nd - 6th

Boogs' lunches are based on the story we read at bedtime the previous evening. Boogs and I go to the library every Thursday to pick out new books. It is a fun challenge for me to figure out how to make Boogs' lunches match the stories we choose. To see past weeks of lunches, click on the label at the end of this post.

Doggone Dogs! by Karen Beaumont
This is a silly story about ten dogs who race out of the house each morning and cause all sorts of trouble. In the lunchbox: pb&j dog sandwich, the number 10 in fruit leather is for the ten unruly dogs, orange sun, crackers, salad, yogurt, and Tootsie Roll dog poop for the mess the dogs made. Boogs LOVED the Tootsie Roll dog poop - it must be a boy thing.

Scooby-Doo! Snow Monster Mystery
We got a set of these Scooby-Doo Sight Word mysteries from Boogs' kindergarten Scholastic book order. In the lunchbox - Scooby-Doo ham&cheese sandwich, extra ham, raisins, pretzels, Babybel cheese that had "Scooby Snack" written on it (I think the words are on the opposite side of the cheese), kiwi, and broccoli. Boogs thought the Scooby sandwich was "awesome".

Big Pig and Little Pig/Cerdo y Cerdito by David McPhail
At the end of this book there are instructions for making a pig sandwich with bread and jam. Boogs insisted that we follow the directions exactly for his Big Pig sandwich. In the lunchbox: bread and jelly Big Pig, boiled egg Little Pig with salami nose, extra pig nostrils (raisins), Chex Mix, yogurt, and a banana. Also at the end of the book was a picture of a boy holding up a sign that said, "Me gustan las manzanas." Boogs asked me to write a message about blueberries on his banana. Boogs' banana says, "Me gustan los arandanos." The message on the banana will darken between the time I made it and Boogs' lunchtime.
The Perfect Spot by Robert J. Blake
This story is about a father and son who search for the perfect spot to spend the day. The father wants a spot to paint and the son wants a spot to collect insects, salamanders, and frogs. While trying to catch a frog, the son falls in the water. His father surprises him by joining him in the water where they play together. In the lunchbox: father and son pb&j sandwiches under a shredded cheese stick waterfall in a blueberry river, pieced together salamander cereal bar, and a salad with cucumber butterflies.
Thump, Quack, Moo A Whacky Adventure by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
We love this book series! You really have to use your imagination to see the connection between the story and this lunch. Boogs picked the story and his lunch items all on his own, I just had to figure out how to make them fit with the story. In the lunchbox: Spinach tortellini with pesto sauce "corn field", homemade chicken nugget "boards" for ducks ticket booth, apple "hot air balloon", marshmallow duck. For the duck, I melted two marshmallows in the microwave for 10 seconds and stuck them in the cookie cutter , put on a candy eye and used a food writer to color his beak. That should be a nice mess for him to deal with at lunch. He already told me he can't wait to eat it. I am going to have to pack a few wipes in his lunchbox.

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  1. I love your waterfall! What wonderful books and meals!

  2. This is pretty cool. Good job Mama!

  3. Oh my! What brilliant lunchboxes! You are VERY CREATIVE! Love them!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. GREAT JOB! Love them all! Great job on Scooby Doo :) so cute.

  5. I just discovered your blog through Read Explore Learn - you are so creative with your lunch choices! My daughter is almost the same age (she started K this year), and I am really struggling to figure out what to give her for lunch. Does your son really eat all that you put in? It sounds like quite a lot of food for a 5 year old (or maybe I measure it by my tiny picky eater) :)

  6. What a very fun idea, I love Bento box type lunches and how fun and creative to match them to story books- what a great idea!!

  7. how cute!!!

    Natasha xx

  8. I love doing activities with books :) So much fun!! Would love to invite you to link this up or any kid-related post that you have to Sharing Saturday link party

    Have a Happy Day

  9. I think you outdid yourself. The pig looks GREAT! Thanks for linking up to TGIF! Have a great weekend,
    Beth =-)

  10. Thanks for all of the positive comments!
    @Raising a Happy Child - some days Boogs eats everything and some days he eats next to nothing. I plan for hungry days. His school lunch time is 10:30 a.m. At snack time in the afternoon, his teacher lets him eat a snack or finish his lunch. This week his lunch box came home each day mostly eaten. Doggone Dogs lunch only the orange came home. Only Scooby's face came home on Tuesday. Wednesday he came home with only 1/3 of his egg left uneaten. Thursday, he ate everything but the smaller "son" sandwich circle. Friday he came home with 3 chicken nuggets because I forgot to put ketchup in his lunchbox. The largest container I use is the about the size of a whole sandwich.

  11. FABULOUS that you are making bentos based on the stories you're reading. Really love that idea. Particularly like the pb&j sandwiches under a shredded cheese stick waterfall :)

  12. How fun!! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  13. I love how your so is getting involved in planning the lunches!

  14. Love all of them and super cute as always :)

  15. I love your bentos, they are super cute! And I'm very enthusiasted by your idea of linking books and bentos!