Kids' Turkey and Cream Cheese Spread Bento Box

Here's a whimsical bento box that is sure to delight any kid. Inside the box are turkey slices, crackers, cream cheese spread, carrot cat and penguin cut-outs, cucumber tomato rolls, apple slices, and grapes.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
2 servings


Cream Cheese Penguins:

  • 10 round carrot slices, 1/4-inch thick

  • 10 jumbo pitted black olives

  • 10 small pitted black olives

  • ½ (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened

  • 10 toothpicks

Party Vegetable Sandwich Spread:

  • 2 tablespoons shredded carrot

  • 2 teaspoons minced onion

  • 2 teaspoons chopped pimento peppers

  • 2 teaspoons chopped celery

  • 2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened

  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

  • ¾ teaspoon mayonnaise

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 1 green apple, sliced

  • 1 red apple, sliced

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • ½ carrot, sliced into rounds

  • 6 thin slices cucumber, sliced lengthwise into wide ribbons

  • 6 slices tomato, cut in half

  • 6 toothpicks

  • 8 round crackers

  • ½ cup grapes, divided

  • 8 slices deli turkey breast


  1. Cut a slit from top to bottom into the side of each jumbo olive. Ease the olive open slightly to insert about 1 teaspoon of cream cheese, forming a penguin belly.

  2. Cut a small triangle-shaped notch out of 9 carrot rounds to form feet; press 1 triangular piece (trimming if necessary) into each small olive to create the beak.

  3. Thread each jumbo olive onto a toothpick lengthwise through the existing holes. Anchor the toothpick onto a carrot slice (line belly up with feet); set a small olive on top (beak facing forward). Place penguins on a plate; refrigerate until assembly.

  4. Combine shredded carrot, onion, pimento peppers, and celery in a bowl. Mix 2 tablespoons softened cream cheese, 1 teaspoon lemon juice, mayonnaise, and salt in a separate bowl; beat until fluffy. Fold carrot mixture into cream cheese; mix well. Refrigerate at least 1 hour before use.

  5. Toss green apple slices, red apple slices, and 1 tablespoon lemon juice together in a bowl.

  6. Cut carrot rounds into decorative shapes using vegetable cutters. Wrap in a wet paper towel and place in a plastic bag; refrigerate until assembly.

  7. Pat cucumber slices dry. Place 1 half-slice tomato at the end of a cucumber slice; roll up together and secure with a toothpick.

  8. Arrange 1/2 the carrot shapes in a bento box. Place 1/2 the sandwich spread in a small silicone baking cup; place 4 crackers in another cup. Arrange 1/2 the green apple slices, red apple slices, and grapes. Add 5 cream cheese penguins, 4 turkey slices, and 3 cucumber-tomato rolls. Use remaining ingredients to create a second bento box. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

Cook's Notes:

Slice cucumber into long slices using a mandoline.

Use vegetable animal cutters to cut carrot slices. If you don't have animal vegetable cutters, just cut carrots into circles.

Use small silicone cups to hold the cream cheese spread and crackers.

Use any lunch meat you like in place of turkey.

Here is the Cream Cheese Penguins recipe I used:

Here is the Party Vegetable Sandwich Spread recipe I used:

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

689 Calories
38g Fat
65g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 689
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 49%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 124mg 41%
Sodium 2311mg 100%
Total Carbohydrate 65g 24%
Dietary Fiber 12g 41%
Total Sugars 33g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 41mg 204%
Calcium 212mg 16%
Iron 6mg 36%
Potassium 1418mg 30%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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