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25 Best Kid's Bento Boxes for Back to School

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The bento lunch box craze is still going strong. From simple stacked lunch boxes to bentos filled with intricate Japanese food art, this trend is only getting bigger. The bento box is a traditional Japanese lunch box with multiple compartments to hold rice, meat, and veggies. Pre-filled bentos are readily available in many shops in Japan. Not all bentos are filled with food art, but when they are, it's called kyaraben meaning character bento. It's a fun way to get kids more excited about mealtime and to get them to eat a wider variety of foods. It's also perfect for picky little eaters who like their foods to be neatly separated.

http://www.amazon.com/Yunko-Bento-Accessories-Mould-Punch/dp/B00EV1TGUY/ref=as_sl_pc_ss_til?tag=las00-20&linkCode=w01&linkId=RRGQGJEJXLPAWGJJ&creativeASIN=B00EV1TGUYIt may look super time consuming to create kyaraben, but if you're a creative person, it's a cinch if you have the right tools. Many of the characters begin with food that has been shaped by a panda rice mold or egg mold, a seaweed punch and many other bento accessory tools. While these lunch boxes do come in various designs for adults and teens, they're also available in so many cute little designs for kids. Some of the boxes are insulated, like this Bento Box with Insulated Sleeve and Utensils though most of the cute little animal-themed bentos for children need to be packed in a separate insulated bag if you need to keep the food cold for hours. For adults, I'd go with a stainless steel or thermal bento that will keep food both warm or hot. Most of them range between $20 and $30, but you can find some bento boxes under $10. I've included bentos for every budget in the roundup below.

Pictured Above: Super Cute Japanese Bento – DesignSwan.com // Monbento food storage container // Monbento food storage container // Lunch box

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1. Bento Box with Insulated Sleeve and Utensils (pictured above) - $37.95

2. Smart Planet EC-34 Large 3-Compartment Eco Silicone Collapsible Lunch Box, Green - $14.99

3. Takeya Bento Lunch Box with a Pink Bag - $15.78

4. Thermos Novelty Lunch Kit, Star Wars R2D2 with Lights and Sound - $19.35

5. Bento: Studio Ghibli Totoro Design 2-tier Bento Lunch Box - $6.98

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6. Kotobuki Lucky Cat Bento Set (pictured above) - $27.78

7. BUILT Neoprene Bento Insulated Sandwich Box, Mini Dot, Black and White - $16.25

8. CuteZcute 2-Tier Bento Lunch Food Container BPA-Free, 440ml, Baby Bento Buddies (available in panda or owl) - $25.99, $16.99

9. Kotobuki Samurai Warrior Bento Set - $33.00, $16.07

10. Bentgo All-in-One Stackable Lunch/Bento Box, Blue (available in other colors) - $14.99

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11. Kotobuki 280-129 2-Tiered Bento Box, Panda Face (pictured above) - $20.45

12. Fit & Fresh Kids' Healthy Lunch Reusable Container Kit with Ice Packs, Multicolored 13 Piece Set, BPA-Free - $14.99

13. Green Sprouts Safari 1171404 Safari Bento Box Green Crocodile - $7.99 at Kohl's

14. Zak Designs Minnie Mouse Bento Box - $15

15. Kotobuki Ninja Boy Bento Box Set, Black - $27.34

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16. Kotobuki Geisha Doll Bento Set (pictured above) - $26.95, $14.67

17. Yumbox Leakproof Bento Lunch Box Container (Anguria Pink) for Kids and Adults - $30.99

18. Spencer Bento Box Containers by Pottery Barn Kids, BPA free - $16.50

19. Bento & Co Marvel Kawaii small Bento - $10.71

20. Bento & Co Kidz Set with bento box, accessories, utensils, and animal-themed carrying bag - $35.10


21. Lunch Box Combo - Includes Bento Box, Carrier with Handle, Ice Pack and Utensils in Galaxy design, also available in a girls' floral design (pictured above) - $54.99, $41.95

22. Laptop Lunches Kid's Dual Kit with insulated carrying bag and utensils - Candy Stripes - $39.99

23. Novelty Rilakkuma 2 Layer Stainless Steel Bento Lunch Box For Kids Dinnerware Set - $27.17

24. Cute Lace Collar Pattern Japanese 2 Tier Bento Lunch Box - $13.45

25. Kotobuki 2-Tiered Bento Box, Frog Face - $21.29


 

On Laptop Lunches Bento Ware, you can find bento lunch menus and bento lunch photo guides.  Click here to browse more back-to-school lunch essentials.






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