Heather Smith, holding 1-year-old Liam, spends no more than 15 minutes daily making palate-pleasing and fun bento boxes for her son Landon, 5, to take to school for lunch.
Landon Smith digs into his bologna dinosaur sandwich. A bento box at left holds ham and cheese rollups, banana and cherry tomatoes.
A sandwich cut into the shape of an Apatosaurus and even broccoli "trees" pleased Landon Smith when he opened his lunch box. Strawberries and grapes are skewered on whimsical food picks.
Spaghetti and garlic toast left over from the family's dinner the previous night took on a pleasing appearance when Heather cut the toast in a ghost shape and placed the spaghetti in a silicone cupcake holder.
A drawer of cookie cutters, food picks and food markers holds most of the tools Heather Smith uses to make her imaginative lunches.