If you celebrate Hanukkah, you probably already know how challenging it can be to find good Hanukkah stories for children. After scouring the internet last year, I found some excellent Hanukkah books that highlight the messages of Hanukkah!
One of our favorites is “Simon and the Bear, a Hanukkah Tale” written by Eric A. Kimmel and illustrated by Matthew Trueman. Without giving away the story, it’s a beautiful book about a young man who leaves his family in Europe to emigrate to America, but suffers hardships along the way, only to experience a series of miracles. One such miracle is the friendship he develops with a polar bear. Today’s lunch is inspired by this wonderful story – it’s a great way to share Hanukkah with your children, even if it’s not a holiday you celebrate.
In our espace blue Yumbox Panino:
Polar Bear Sandwich, surrounded by Pirate’s Booty Smart Puffs for stability
Bite Sized Strawberries on a Star of David pick, in a fish shaped mini silicone cup (confession: it’s really an airplane, but with the food in it it looks like a fish!)
Star of David Apple Slices on a Happy Hanukkah pick, in a blue mini silicone cup
Hanukkah Gelt (chocolate coins)
Applesauce with blue and white snowflake sprinkles
Hard Boiled Egg with a menorah drawn on with food markers – I “lit” two candles on this menorah since tonight is the second night of Hanukkah
Packed with a little mini book note, made by Bento Ninja – all I did was take an image of the book cover, printed it on cardstock, cut it out and folded it like a book – a quick and easy addition for any literary lunch!
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