Making lunch fun with dinosaur quesadillas and bento plates #It worked for me#dinosaurs#eating#lil kids June 3 | 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. 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... [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 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 Surprising discoveries I've made in my life as an offbeat military wife NEXT Looking for new bijoux? Design your own with Sorella Jewelry Studio (+ Offbeat discount!) Toggle 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! 1 agrees yeah they're on the Ikea website under bakeware! I'm off to get some too. 0 agree 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. 0 agree very cute. I make little 'selection plates' as I call them, but will definatly have to add some cut outs! 0 agree 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. 0 agree My son is really starting to get crazy with his food, so maybe I'll try this! 0 agree 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. 0 agree Wonderful MOMMY!!! 0 agree Comments are closed.