The parents painstakingly packing bento box school lunches for their children

  • 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

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'

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

Special creations: The creations usually include sandwiches cut like animals and fruit shaped like stars

Maria Foy, from Auckland, New Zealand, is one such Instagram mum, whose @happymumhappychild profile showcases creations that include the most detailed array of carefully-curated foods.

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 

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

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

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.

Countless websites and blogs offer tips on how to create such mini masterpieces, including Happy Little Bento, BentOnBetterLunches and Bento School Lunches.

School competition: Some mothers are in daily battles with who can create the best-looking lunch

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

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 

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 

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 

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 

Hit items: Popular items include shaped sandwiches, cut-up veg and flower-shaped fruits 







Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

10 thoughts on “The parents painstakingly packing bento box school lunches for their children

  • February 20, 2016 at 8:59 am
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    This is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen, these Corybnistas have way too much time on their hands

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  • February 21, 2016 at 12:31 pm
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    WAY too much food !

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  • February 22, 2016 at 1:03 pm
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    These are lovely, albeit I imagine, time consuming. I’m a primary school teacher and the packed lunches full of junk that get sent to school is shocking so it’s nice to see healthy lunch boxes not the usual ones full of processed rubbish!

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  • February 23, 2016 at 11:30 am
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    I wouldn’t mind a few of these to take to work

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  • February 24, 2016 at 7:28 am
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    I love the box design, I want one.

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  • February 24, 2016 at 11:24 pm
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    i think we all need to go back to three meals a day. snacks are the invention of snack food companies to make $$$

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  • February 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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    Wow! All I had was 2 rounds of cheese sandwich for lunch as a child.

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  • February 25, 2016 at 10:47 pm
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    I was always more than happy with my sandwich, crisps, frube and carton of Ribena! Would probably get thrown in the bin today by teachers for being unhealthy.

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  • February 26, 2016 at 5:29 am
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    Back in the day my packed lunch was Dairylea and lettuce sandwich, packet of Skips and an Um Bongo. Yum!

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  • February 26, 2016 at 9:40 am
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    I did lunchroom duty for many years, and kids generally spend more time goofing around and talking than eating. Even during their quiet time! They find a way to communicate and fool around even then. It takes most kids a long time to eat that much food, and bright, healthy kids can get by on an amazingly small amount of food! And I’ve seen an awful lot of kids throw away food and not eat rather than eat something they really don’t like.

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