I've always believed in the importance of breakfast. Even if it has been recently challenged on whether breakfast is the most important meal of the day, I still think that as much as we can, we should never skip this first meal of the day.
If that is the case for adults, it is even more so for young children. A good, healthy breakfast helps them to fuel up, recharges the brain, provides strength for physical activities, improves concentration in class and reduces fatigue. That said, while it is easy to tell my kids about the importance of having breakfast, making them eat is another thing altogether.
The first thing Angel does when she wakes up is to drink her milk. On some days, or rather most days, she tries to catch a little more sleep and will lay on the sofa or bed until I carry her to wash up. Yes, while I can still carry her, I like to do it sometimes especially when the easily-jealous-and-overly-possessive little sister is asleep. It's usually hard for me to find a way to make her open her eyes wide or look forward to anything when she wakes.
If I do wake up early and make breakfast for Angel, it doesn't always happen, it is usually a ham or cheese sandwich. You know, the kind of sandwich when you just put a piece of cheese on a slice of bread and fold it up diagonally. Easy peasy lemon squeezy. Or, I simply wake her up earlier and bring her to school where breakfast is served at 8:30am. Or, which happens on most days, we wake up late, go out late and she ends up not having any breakfast.
When I got to know about Bento Maker, I was inspired by the breakfast tools I saw and I knew it was time to finally put an end to my boring looking sandwiches. The great thing is that it actually doesn't have to take me very long to make these breakfast sets - all I needed was probably 10-15 minutes. And the result? I get a girl who wakes up, opens her eyes eagerly, and flashes me a big smile when she sees the breakfast lying in wait for her. Definitely worth it.
Check out the products I've used for each of these cute-looking breakfasts. If I can do it, trust me, you can do it better.
1) Hello Kitty Bread Punch
Tip: For all the bread punches, you can use a small scissors to trim away any excess along the border. When sprinkling the cocoa powder, make sure the bread is as close to the bread punch as possible.
2) Frog/ Bear/ Panda Pop Up Bread Punch
Tip: Use the stencils provided and add a ribbon, crown or bow to spice things up!
3) Mini Hearts Bread Punch
Tip: Do not put a thick filling for this. I tried putting ham between two slices of bread and it was difficult to punch, so it would be best to stick to cheese or jam. You might also need to cut and trim the sides to make them neater.
4) Rabbit Bread Punch
This is one of my favourites and of course, Angel simply loves rabbits too and I was amazed that she could finish the whole piece!
Tip: Instead of cocoa powder, use Nutella and a chopsticks to create the facial features for the bunny and up the cute factor.
5) Animal Stencils
Tip: Give the animals some blush using chopsticks and tomato ketchup.
6) Decorative Pen Sets
Tip: Use a semi-liquid that is not too viscous and can flow easily out of the tip, for instance ketchup.
7) Hello Kitty Waffle Maker
recipe and it was easy to make - all I did was dump the ingredients into my Philips Jamie Oliver Food Processor and voila, the waffles even turned out to be crispy. To learn how to use the waffle maker, watch this video.
Tip: Remember to brush enough oil on both sides of the pan, if not you will end up with a sticky mess.
Overall, I am really happy with how these bento tools have helped me to make breakfast more fun and enticing for my kids. I also wish to highlight that even though some of the products did not arrive in brand new packaging, they came promptly and in good condition. Considering how many of them are sold at below the market price, I think it is definitely worthwhile to have some of these handy and easy to use tools in the house.
A happy day starts off with a good and healthy breakfast. Don't you agree?
Since we are in the June holidays, why not consider making creative, fun and unique breakfasts with your kids and turn eating into a bonding affair?
Bento Maker was started by Tricia, a mum to a 6-year-old who is extremely picky about her food. Having seen how her daughter gets fascinated by cute animal shaped tools and eats willingly without putting up a fight, she now runs Bento Maker as a hobby in the hope of encouraging families to bond over creating and decorating their own meals.
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Disclosure: I received the above listed items for review purposes from Bento Maker. All other bento tools used in the pictures, including the Hello Kitty, bunny and bear moulds, animal picks and shape cutters are my own, same goes for all opinions and text.