Bento box for kids

I love when my parents give me this for lunch! My friends like it too, and asked their parents to make it for them.


Difficulty: Easy

Time: 20 min. preparation time, 0 min. baking time

Nutrition: Calories ca 683 / Protein 41g / Carbohydr. 35g / Fat 42g

Ingredients (1 servings)

100 gcheese (e.g. Emmentaler, Gouda)
5red radishes
4 ballsmozzarella (in liquid, mini)
5cherry tomatoes
8 pieceschives (divided)
1 piecechocolate (milk or dark)
1 tbspparsley
30 gplain yogurt
20 gcream cheese


toothpicks, cutting board, knife, lunchbox, small bowl

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Step 1

Bento box for kids

Cube cheese. Clean red radishes without removing the stem to create mice. Use a small sharp knife to cut out eyes. Make small slits for the ears and place the small radish rounds left over from cutting the eyes into the slits.

cutting board, knife

100 g cheese / 5 red radishes

Step 2

Bento box for kids

For the caterpillars, halve mozzarella balls and cherry tomatoes. For the head, slice pieces of chives, poke small holes in the head end, and stick chives into holes for antennas. Use a toothpick to poke holes for eyes. Arrange on a toothpick, alternating the mozzarella and tomato pieces.


4 balls mozzarella / 5 cherry tomatoes / 2 pieces chives

Step 3

Bento box for kids

For the crab, halve one apple and cut out the core. Core and cut the other half into thin slices for legs, and cut serrated edges into two slices for the claws. Carve out small holes for the eyes, and stick small pieces of chocolate into the holes. If desired, use toothpicks to hold everything together.

1 apple / 1 piece chocolate

Step 4

Bento box for kids

Finely chop parsley and chives. Mix herbs with yogurt and cream cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Arrange items in your child’s lunchbox or serve right away.

lunchbox, small bowl

1 tbsp parsley / 6 pieces chives / 30 g plain yogurt / 20 g cream cheese / salt / pepper