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Gruffalo Bento Box

Gruffalo bento box - the gingerbread house

Yesterday I told you how much fun we had at the Gruffalo Activity Trail at Wendover Woods. After running about in the woods, building dens, climbing trees and hunting for the Gruffalo we had all built up quite an appetite. We took a picnic as we were out all day and I made a special Gruffalo Bento Box for the children.

I had so much fun putting together the Gruffalo Bento Box that I thought I would share it with you today.

How to make a Gruffalo Bento Box

I knew I wanted to give the children Roasted Fox, Owl Ice Cream and Scrambled Snake to follow the narrative of the story. My children know the story off by heart so I knew I had to recreate it as closely as possible. I used Sistema lunchboxes which have three compartments and food picks from my collection.

Gruffalo bento box - the gingerbread house

For Roasted Fox I used mini sausages and Scrambled Snake was a handful of popcorn.

Gruffalo bento box - the gingerbread house

The night before our trip I made some batches of Purple Prickle Jelly, otherwise known as raspberry jelly, I used containers small enough to fit inside the lunchbox. I also added Poisonous Warts or green grapes and a Gruffalo Crumble Cupcake. I was pretty proud of these, chocolate cupcakes with malt buttercream and crushed Maltesers!

Gruffalo crumble cupcakes - the gingerbread house

That just left Owl Ice Cream. We made do with ice creams from the ice cream van after the children had completely demolished their Gruffalo Bento Boxes!

owl ice cream

What do you think of our Gruffalo Bento Box ideas? I’d love to hear your suggestions for any more Gruffalo related food.

You may be interested in our other Gruffalo posts:

How to make a Gruffalo cave

Gruffalo Story Stones

How to make Gruffalo cupcakes


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    Angela Spicer
    June 10, 2014 at 9:38 am

    That’s a great idea. Such imagination to end a great walk.

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    June 10, 2014 at 9:51 am

    This is such a cute idea, it’s always great tying in food to themes. I love the little leaves and scrambled snake! x

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    Stephs Two Girls
    June 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Ah, how lovely for the children to follow the theme on. Bet they loved them!

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    Kirsty Hijacked By Twins
    June 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    What a great idea and such a fitting lunchh for the Gruffalo trails 🙂 x

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    Vikki Holness
    June 10, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    We LOVE Bento lunches here, they are the boys’ favourite! Incorporating a Gruffalo theme in to one is such a cute idea! xxx

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      June 10, 2014 at 10:48 pm

      I think I enjoy putting them together as much as my children enjoy eating them!

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    you baby me mummy
    June 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Fab idea, I would not have thought to tie them in with a walk, very creative x

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    mellissa williams
    June 10, 2014 at 2:26 pm

    A very inventive lunchbox. I love the Gruffalo, it is such a great kids story, a modern classic

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    laura redburn
    June 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

    so fun! love this. it all looks tasty too 🙂

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    Lisa Prince (@BEAUTY_IIAO)
    June 10, 2014 at 3:54 pm

    i so want to go to the gruffalo park , everones going crazy over it, and great pack up to x

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    June 10, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    I love the Bento Box craze that is sweeping the UK – I need to make them for all of us grown ups!! x

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      June 10, 2014 at 10:47 pm

      Bento for grown ups would be so much fun!

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    June 10, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    I have seen Bento lunches all around at the moment and i love your take on it 🙂 I have been wanting to try some with my girls and i love your idea of the themed one x

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      June 10, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      Thanks. I’ve always loved Bento-style food for their lunches but themed ones are so much fun for me!

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    Mummy of Two
    June 10, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    What a lovely lunch – perfect for a Gruffalo themed day!

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    Mums do travel
    June 10, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    I love the idea of having Gruffalo bento boxes and I bet your kids did too!

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    June 10, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    These are great – what an imaginative lunch! We are big fans of the gruffalo too 🙂

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    Jane @ northernmum
    June 10, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    Fab idea – my kids would love this.

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    Fritha Strickland
    June 11, 2014 at 9:21 am

    what a brilliant idea and that cake looks so good! x

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    Shell Louise
    June 11, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    Brilliant! I’m going to make the girls these when we go on the Gruffalo trail in the summer 🙂

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    June 12, 2014 at 8:47 am

    Cupcake for me please!
    It looks so yummy

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    Helen Dickinson
    June 12, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I remember when I was smaller, my mum did these type of boxes for me. They are a fab idea and we have started doing them for Maxwell. Love your gruffalo themed one 🙂

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    June 12, 2014 at 10:04 am

    what a great lunch box , I want one of these please

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    Bex Smith
    June 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    What a fantastic idea – my little boy would love a Gruffalo themed box!

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    June 21, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Love it, we are off to wendover to see the graffalo in July, I just need to get familiar with the book now!!!!

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    Grace @ Eats Amazing
    July 3, 2014 at 10:24 pm

    I just love your Gruffalo picnic, it’s so imaginative, I bet the kids loved it!
    Thank you for linking up to Fun Food Friday!

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