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A Special Lunch for the 100th Day of School

By Wendy Copley

The hundredth day of school (also known as the “100 Days of School”) is coming up for kids across the country! In many classrooms, especially those in younger grades, students keep track of every day of school that passes and have a celebration of some sort when they reach the 100th day. Depending on when your school’s first day was (and how many weather cancellations you’ve endured this year) the hundredth day of school will probably fall some time between late January and mid-February. My kindergartner reports exactly how many days have passed at dinner every night — 89 as I’m writing this — and he has already started collecting one hundred objects to bring in to school in a few weeks. Meanwhile, I’ve planned out a special lunch that mixes the number 100 and other school icons for him to take to school when the time comes.

100 Days of School Bento Box Lunch by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Ingredients you’ll need to make this 100 Days of School Bento Box Lunch

  • pretzel thins or other cracker
  • sliced cheddar cheese
  • sandwich bread  and condiments
  • blackberries
  • sugar snap peas
  • carrot
  • cherry tomatoes

Here is the equipment you’ll need

How to make this special 100 Days of School bento box lunch

100 Days of School Bento Box Lunch by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Place the pretzel thins in one of the sections of the lunch box. Use small letter and number cutters to cut “100 DAYS” from a slice of cheese. If you don’t have small alphabet cutters, you can cut the letters out with a knife.

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Place the cheese letters on top of the pretzels.

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Use the bus cookie cutter to cut four shapes from a slice of bread. Stamp the bus image into two of them. Cut bus shapes from the remainder of the cheese and use them to assemble mini-sandwiches along with any condiments you’d like to add.  Place the sandwiched inside the silicone cup and place it in one of the sections of the lunch box.

100 Days of School Bento Box Lunch by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Give your child a basket of blackberries and ask them to count the little juice pods on each one (these are called druplets). Only place blackberries with exactly 100 druplets in the lunch box.

Just kidding! That would be ridiculous! Don’t really do that! Just put a handful of berries in, then add your school-themed cupcake pick.

100 Days of School Bento Box Lunch by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Trim the sugar snap peas to fit in the final section of the lunch box. To make this go really quickly, place the container you are using on top of the peas, then use the edge as a cutting guide. You’ll only need to make two quick cuts to make the peas exactly the right length.

100 Days of School Bento Box Lunch by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Now we’re going to make a 100 with two cherry tomatoes and a baby carrot! Cut a baby carrot so that it’s the same length as a cherry tomato.

100 Days of School Bento Box Lunch by Wendy Copley for Alphamom.com

Place the carrot and the tomatoes on top of the snap peas in the lunch box to form the number 100.

Ask your little counter to read you the numbers in his lunch box then send him off to school with visions of 100 dancing in his head.

Happy 100 Days of School!

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About the Author

Wendy Copley

Wendy Copley is a cook, writer, crafter, lunch-packer, wife and mom. Whenever she goes too long without doing something creative, she starts to lose her mind, so she’s always working on some ...

Wendy Copley is a cook, writer, crafter, lunch-packer, wife and mom. Whenever she goes too long without doing something creative, she starts to lose her mind, so she’s always working on some sort of project. Her focus frequently shifts from sewing to baking to paper-crafting to creating with her kids but she is unwavering in her devotion to packing cute, mostly-healthy bento box lunches for her two boys.

You can follow her adventures on her blog Wendolonia or you can learn all her lunch box secrets from her book, Everyday Bento: 50 Cute and Yummy Lunches to Go.

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