Despite having more lunch boxes than I know what to do with, I couldn’t resist buying a new one when I saw this super cute TUMTUM lunch box recently. I tend to use my favourite EasyLunchboxes set for most of my lunches, but I know that some of my readers are frustrated that they can’t buy them as they aren’t currently available in the UK, so I’m making an effort to use more lunchboxes that are readily available here, in order to make useful recommendations. This lunchboxes certainly fits that bill, as it’s designed and made here in the UK.
As well as its cute lid design (which is the part that really sold it to me to be honest; Small Child LOVES both cats and dogs!), this lunchbox is made of bright plastics and has a fun and quirky shape. It also has a really useful removable lidded pot, which makes a handy divider when it’s in use. Small Child particularly likes the lid of the pot, because he thinks it looks like a bow-tie. I wasn’t sure how much food it would hold, so I gave it a trial run and was pleasantly surprised – if you pack bento style (ie with no packaging) you can fit a decent amount of food in it.
Small Child asked me to make a lunch to match the lid, so I did my best! I packed a wholemeal bap, split and filled with tuna mayonnaise, decorating the top of the bap with edible marker pen to turn it into a cat. I used a small sharp knife to cut out and lift the ‘ears’ up a little and added a little bow pick to the top of the cats head. On the side he had some baby sweet corn, red and green grapes (skewered on mini heart picks) and some raw carrot disks, cut with a crinkle cutter. I filled the little pot with spaghetti cheese (wool for the cat?!), and added cat and dog picks to finish it off.
Once the lunch was made, I realised that I had forgotten to check whether the lunch bag fitted in any of our lunch bags. Thankfully the box is a sensible size, and fit perfectly in our standard sized lunch bag, with room to spare for extras. I added a reusable food pouch (made by Nom Nom Kids) filled with organic vanilla yoghurt, and a couple of mini ice packs to keep the lunch cool (not shown).
Small Child loved using his new lunchbox, and ate every bit of his lunch. I really like this lunch box, and can see it getting plenty of use in the future. TUMTUM also have loads of other products for kids, all with gorgeous bright designs. I should probably add that I have no affiliation to TUMTUM, I just really like this lunchbox!
Items used to make this lunch: