- School lunches used to be limp sandwiches, chips and bruised fruit
- But mothers are trying to outdo one another with the bento box lunch trend
- The craze has torn around the world and is popular on Instagram
- It sees sandwiches shaped into animals and fruit cut into shapes
- This extreme lunchbox artistry is called Kyraben
- Countless blogs and websites offer tips on how to make the lunch boxes
- Do you make better lunches than these? Email FemailAU@mailonline.com
Once upon a time, a school lunch typically consisted of a ham sandwich, a bruised apple and a packet of salt and vinegar chips – basic foods designed to fill your child up till tea time, while giving them a serving of fruit and veg at the same time.
No more. Thanks to a new bento box lunch trend, kids on Instagram (and mothers with too much time on their hands) are being sent to school with edible artworks to show off to their friends in the playground, creating wild competition over who has the most attractive food.
The craze has torn through schools around the world, but is especially popular here in Australia, where competitive cooks take their culinary prowess to the next level.
Beautiful bento boxes: There is a worldwide trend for bento box lunchboxes lovingly prepared by mothers
Works of art: The lunchboxes are often posted on Instagram and met with hundreds of ‘likes’
Special creations: The creations usually include sandwiches cut like animals and fruit shaped like stars
Lunchbox Perth (@lunchboxperth) – ‘daily lunch box ideas from a Perth mum of two’ – is another lunchbox poster.
The profile includes sandwiches cut into stars, melon cut into flowers and fruit and veg lovingly sliced into bitesized chunks.
Worldwide trend: This trend is popular across the globe, and particularly so here in Australia
Lunchbox artistry: Such extreme lunchbox artistry is called Kyraben and there are blogs dedicated to it
Constant stream: Meanwhile, Facebook and Instagram are flooded with food pictures on a daily basis
However, these mothers are not alone in thier daily attempts to out-do fellow parents in the school canteen.
Rather they are two of a number of women embracing the trend for Kyraben – or extreme lunchbox artistry – which sees fruit shaped into all sorts of patterns, eggs fashioned into shapes and sandwiches cut like animals.
School competition: Some mothers are in daily battles with who can create the best-looking lunch
Healthy eating saviour: Some say the brightly-coloured boxes help kids want to eat healthily
Hashtagged trend: The hashtag #bentolunchbox draws up thousands of lunch boxes
Meanwhile, Facebook and Instagram are flooded on a daily basis with keen mothers’ attempts, where mums seem happy to reveal their obsessions with making the best school lunchboxes.
‘For a #FriYAY #lunchbox we have #smokedsalmon on #wholewheat (my girls love when I pack their #sammies like this, I think the bread stays nice and soft and fresh this way), with a mix of Cheerios with marshmallows and choc chips for #lunchboxtreats #grapes and grated cheese for the little along with a yogurt drink and #banana for #healthsnacks,’ one user called Healthy Yoga Mama posted, alongside a snap of one of her intricate school lunchboxes.
While some might put this down as mothers having too much time on their hands, and others may think kids shouldn’t be pandered to in such a way, you have to admit there is a beauty to these bento boxes full of beautiful food.
Tell us: If you design a better lunchbox, email us at FemailAU@mailonline.com
Too much time: While some say these mothers have too much time, others love the mini masterpieces
Hit items: Popular items include shaped sandwiches, cut-up veg and flower-shaped fruits
Courtesy: Daily Mail Online