My son’s classroom has a theme for every day of the week, and his favorite is Flying Friday! I love to entertain him with a special bento that will make him smile. I often show him the lunch at home to motivate him to get ready and go off to school. It is fun to see how much that means to him.
Last week, I made him a Flying Friday Airplane Bento, using these adorable plane picks that my friend Deb from iPackLunch sent me and some alphabet picks to spell FLY. I gave him some marshmallow clouds. He had mango and banana in the small compartment and baby carrots in another.
Last night, as I was tucking Little Dude into his bed, I reminded him that it was almost Friday again already. He looked up at me and asked “You make me a rocket ship lunch tomorrow?” and I just melted. I realized he had associated the rocket ship with Flying Friday and was planning a bento for himself! I had so say yes. I used my Star Wars Tie Fighter sandwich cutter and some cute little space cutters from Daiso to make a space themed lunch with a rocket ship right at the center of everything. He was so happy when he saw that this morning. He also had strawberries and grapes. It was fun to see how my lunches influenced his idea and how my acting on his idea made him so happy!
I know I’ve written about this before, but Little Dude used to have a lot of trouble getting dropped off at school. I have seen that having excitement over bringing his special lunchbox has greatly increased his enthusiasm for school overall. I think making the bento lunches for him is a fun way for us to communicate about things that interest him and he likes to tell me about his lunch when he gets home later. He likes to help make lunches now too, especially when it involves using any kind of cookie cutter shape.
What else can I make for Flying Friday? I need ideas that I can manage! Please let me know if you have any good ideas! I love impressing him!
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