Valentine’s Day deserves an extra-special lunch! Why not pack the kids this fun Valentine’s Day Emoji Bento Box! This sweet sandwich spin featuring fresh strawberries will have your child gobbling up lunch in no time. Plus it will make them smile when they open their lunchbox.
Valentine’s Day is such a fun holiday, especially for the kids. My kids love heart shaped treats and snacks. Last year we made some heart shaped Frozen Yogurt Bites which they absolutely loved. This year I knew I wanted to surprise them so I made this Valentine’s Day Emoji Bento Box for them to take to school. When they came home they said how fun it was, how special it was, and how their friends thought it was so nice! So, that melted my heart so I figured I would share with you!
What I loved about this fun lunchbox idea is that it only takes a few minutes to turn a regular sandwich into this heart-eyed emoji. Then I packed up a few healthy red colored snacks to help celebrate, too. Don’t forget to add a special touch with a valentine or a little note to your little one.
Nutrition Tip: The carbohydrate content of strawberries consists mainly of fibers and simple sugars, making them a fruit that does not cause big spikes in blood sugar levels.
Key Ingredients for this Valentine’s Day Emoji Bento Box
What you need to make this Valentine’s Day Lunchbox
- Construction paper
- skewers or toothpicks
- Bento Box
How to assemble this fun Valentine’s Day Bento Box
First start by making the emoji sandwich. We toasted the bread a little then added some cream cheese and fresh sliced strawberries. Then add two strawberries for the eyes. Then I added a black construction paper mouth. Cut it into the shape of desire.
Then assemble the heart shaped skewers by slicing the cherry tomatoes in half on an angle. Next place onto the skewer to make it look like a heart.
Then pack up some sweet red bell peppers or other red colored snacks like raspberries or cherries. We packed ours up with some ranch for dipping. Then write up a little Valentine for your sweethearts and let them enjoy!
Print these free Valentine’s Day Affirmation hearts and have fun sharing what you love about others in your family leading up to Valentine’s Day! Tape them to doors, the fridge, notebooks, or wherever your loved ones are sure to see them. Spread the love!
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Substitutions & Additions:
- Do your kids prefer raspberries? You can use them instead of the strawberries.
- Don’t have sandwich rounds? You can use regular bread and just cut it out into a circle or use a cookie cutter.
- Prefer a different type of sandwich? Make a Fruity PB & J instead!
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Valentine’s Day Emoji Bento Box
- 1 whole wheat sandwich round
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 tsp. lowfat cream cheese, divided
- 3-4 large strawberries sliced
- 1 piece black construction paper cut into crescent for the mouth
- 3 cherry tomatoes
- 2-3 red mini sweet peppers
- 1 tablespoon lowfat Ranch
- Lightly toast sandwich rounds.
- Spread 1 Tbsp. cream cheese on each round and top with sliced strawberries. Reserve 2 strawberry sliced to create the eyes.
- Cut 2 strawberry slices into hearts for the eyes using a small cookie cutter or knife. Spread cream cheese on one side of each strawberry slice and place on sandwich to create eyes. Add paper mouth.
- Cut cherry tomatoes in half widthwise at an angle. Turn one half and skewer together on toothpick to create a heart.
- Serve with sweet peppers and Ranch.