Making lunch fun with dinosaur quesadillas and bento plates #It worked for me#dinosaurs#eating#lil kids June 3 2011 | Guest post by Jen Geigley Jen is a crafting blogger at Hey! Jen Renee — she's also good friends with Offbeat Home's Managing Editor, Cat! Jen makes lunch fun for her kiddo Lo by combining cookie cutters and imagination with bento-esque plates — something I thought many of you might like to try. — Stephanie All photos by Jen Renee. This is something I like to call bento on a plate. It probably doesn't even qualify as "real" bento but whatever. (This is just a grape jam "hedgehog" sandwich with a raisin eye, teddy grahams, clementine sections, salami, edamame, and cut-up string cheese.) In case you're wondering what I do with the rest of the bread (no, I don't throw it away!) I usually end up eating my own sandwich, which looks something like this: Lately, my most-used cookie cutter set is this one from IKEA. The wilderness edition, I guess. Forest friends? It's pretty cute. Sometimes we eat quesadilla dinosaurs who walk on raisin rocks underneath a colby-jack sun. Related Post My picky eaters are in love with GREEN FOOD: here's how I did it I've blogged before about how my kids are the pickiest eaters on the planet. I've tried sticker charts, bribes, threats, beatings (just kidding!), but so... Read more Or have a edamame/peanut butter cracker flower with a fruit leather squirrel for a snack. But all that matters is that she eats it. I've been playing with cute lunches for a couple of years, since Lo is stuck in that picky-eater phase. I definitely make more of them now that the weather is sunny and we're heading out on picnics and playdates more often. If you're in the mood for a fierce bento blog, check out Wendolonia. Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by Jen Geigley My name is Jen Geigley and I am a graphic designer, a knitter, a blogger and a maker. By day, I am a stay-at-home mom and at night, I knit and do freelance graphic design. My hands and my brain always have to be busy, but that's what makes me happy. http://www.heyjenrenee.com/ PREVIOUS Shower with C3PO, R2, and Chewie NEXT Hostess gift ideas: look past wine and go for handmade, locally-sourced, or unusual offerings Show/Hide comments [ 8 ] Oh, please tell me you found those cookie cutters at Ikea somewhat recently? I must have them. Completely adorable. My 18 month old is still too young to appreciate my attempts to make his food cute, but I hope someday it does help him eat more, since the only thing he'll eat right now are apples and slices of turkey lunch meat. haha! Reply yeah they're on the Ikea website under bakeware! I'm off to get some too. Reply These are cute ideas! So far, the way I incorporate fun into food is by creating pancake art. My son is big into spelling and shapes so when I fix pancakes I ask him what word should I spell. He learns the letters and eats at the same time (picky, picky eater). I'll cut his sandwiches into simple shapes for him as well. Reply very cute. I make little 'selection plates' as I call them, but will definatly have to add some cut outs! Reply I have also seenhas several varities of shape sandwich cutters. Including ones called dinobytes They are of course a little pricier Ikea cookie cutters, but they are made to fit sliced bread and get get, for example 2 dinosaurs out of one slice of bread. The company seems to be expanding, when I googled it I was several other varieties including flipper bytes, which was mad up of two dolphins and a heart all mad to perfectly fit a slice of bread. Reply My son is really starting to get crazy with his food, so maybe I'll try this! Reply These are great! Thanks for sharing, I've been needing new inspiration for "fun lunches" for a while. I never thought of using those reusable cupcake cases as a little dish, that's an awesome idea! Also, if anyone would like some more ideas, I REALLY recommend bento egg moulds. Especially if you add a little food colouring (or use beetroot to colour naturally). Pink bunny-shaped eggs have never yet failed to make my 2 year-old squeal with delight at her plate. 🙂 Reply Wonderful MOMMY!!! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Subscribe me to your mailing list No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy.