Columbus set out to explore the world and find a new route to India by sailing the ocean blue. My son and I set out to explore ways to use foods he loves to create a Columbus-themed bento box.
"Playing" with our food by exploring fun ways to create food pictures is something my son and I started doing when he was very young. It has helped him be more willing to explore new foods and try foods he loves in new ways.
The boat needed sails to help it move across the sea. We studied the American cheese and decided how to cut the slice of cheese into three sails.
Columbus believed he had made it all the way to the Indies when in fact he had really reached the Bahamas. To celebrate his journey to the Bahamas, we made a dried fruit version of the flag of the Bahamas by smashing dried blueberries into flat circles for the stripes of the flag and a prune into a triangle.
An apricot was smashed and then a strip was cut into it to create the yellow center stripe on the flag.