Kids Lunch Ideas from Lunch Box Dad
Learn how to craft the perfect bento box with help from a local blogger.
It’s hard to imagine Beau Coffron’s kids ever suffering a “case of the Mondays.” They have something special to look forward to each week: a themed bento box lunch handcrafted by Dad.
Hoping to better connect with his daughter, Abigail, when she entered kindergarten three years ago, Coffron started creating weekly surprise lunches that reflected her interests, be they Disney princesses, superheroes, or the country of France. Coffron stocked up on tools (toothpicks, cookie cutters), and began a Sunday-night tradition of turning sandwiches into teddy bears, and snow peas and green grapes into Tie fighters. These days, he’s making bento box lunches for two school-aged kids.
Coffron—who lives in Fremont and is a youth pastor by day—shares his creations online, along with ingredients and instructions, plus posts about other parenting topics. His Lunchbox Dad blog quickly took off, landing Coffron on Good Morning America and in The Huffington Post.
But it’s not just fun: It’s a creative way to get his kids to try new foods, too. “[My wife and I] try to get them to eat new, healthy foods, and fun shapes get them to try things they wouldn’t otherwise,” he says. “If they like something, we’ll offer it again later—in real form.”
Find bento box lunch ideas and tutorials for transforming your food at lunchboxdad.com.