I had a little more time on my hands today so decided to try a themed lunch box for Small Child. From a creative point of view, I’m lucky in that he hasn’t yet reached the age of thinking anything remotely girly is ‘yuk’, so I can still get away with flowers and hearts etc, and pink is currently his favourite colour! Nonetheless, I decided to try a ‘bug’ themed lunch, inspired by his interest in all creatures that creep and crawl.
In this lunchbox is a hard boiled egg ladybird (decorated with orange cheese; the dots were cut out using the end of a disposable plastic drinking straw), some cheese ‘worms’, some sliced cucumber decorated with a carrot butterfly (tutorial for the butterfly to follow) and some mini breadsticks. These weren’t meant to represent anything special, but Small Child immediately said that they were a log-pile house for the bugs. He also thought that the ladybird egg was supposed to be a hedgehog, but we can’t have everything!
For dessert he had a carved apple bug (with a grape head and apple peel antenae) crawling over raisin ‘dirt’, and some organic yoghurt scattered with butterfly sprinkles.
I was particularly pleased with the apple bug!
This lunch went down very well, and as it was the first time I’d given Small Child a hard boiled egg I was very pleased that he ate and enjoyed every last bit of it. I’m now thinkng of other themes to try – this lunch was so much fun to make!