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How is it when kids open a lunch box – and they see their favorite book characters!?
Can’t you imagine a huge smile on kids face?? 😃😁
I feel like I made one of Z’s dream come true today,
I made…. Mimbo Jimbo character bento lunch box!!!!! 😆
What’s Mimbo Jimbo!?
Mimbo Jimbo is a kids books, written and drawn by Jakob Martin Strid.
His books are very popular in Denmark.
How I found out at first time
One day my Danish friend sent me a message :
“Koko, do you know this book “Mimbo Jimbo visits their friend” ?
Their friend is from Japan! 😁”
It’s not very common to see a Japanese kid on children’s books in Denmark!
so I had to run to a bookstore to buy it.
It was my first Danish Kids Book that I bought for Z.
How to read a book to multilingual kids
I’m not an expert… but I really try to raise Z to be multilingual.
To me it’s extremely important that Z, my son, understands Japanese language.
He speaks and understands Danish, English and Japanese now. (he’s 4.)
Sure his Danish is the strongest, because we live in Denmark and he goes to Danish kindergarten.
I only speak Japanese to him. When I read a book, I read everything in Japanese – even the book is written in English or Danish. I read in Japanese.
Simple. I just make up a story along a picture book. Yes, sometimes it gets crazy, but Z seems to enjoy it.
(well….most of the time you can follow the pictures and you understand what’s going on,)
So when I read Mimbo Jimbo, I “read it in Japanese” even it’s written in Danish.
Don’t translate, because it can be awkward … some words just cannot be translated correctly.
Best is just make up the story with pictures!
If you are like me…who lives in the 3rd country but want to train your native language,
I recommend trying this method.
How did it start? I emailed him!
I enjoyed Jakob Martin Skrid’s books, so I borrowed more from the local library.
Then I noticed 1 small little thing……
I saw Totoro in one of his books!
If don’t know, My Neighbour Totoro is one of the masterpieces of Japanese animation movies.
Excellent family movie – strongly, truly recommend. (there are picture books too, but watch a movie first)
I saw TOTORO was drawn in Jakob’s picture book…… so I emailed him to ask if he knows Totoro, and I also told him my recommendation of Miyazaki movies 🙂
…How nice for him, he wrote me back !
and … it turned out, he owns ALL of Miyazaki Movies 😆 I surrender!
Overview of Mimbo Jimbo Bento Lunch
Are you ready to see Mimbo Jimbo Bento Lunch!???
This. Is. IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you want to know what’s what, here’s detailed explanation.
….and there is the page that I referred to!
I think my lunch looks fairy close to Mimbo Jimbo characters!?
- Ham sandwich (2pc bread / butter/ myonnaise,
- Cheese Stick
- Red Pepper
- Orange, Banana, Apples
-Rilakkuma Bento Box
-Blue Food Coloring
-Star-shaped cookie cutters – BIG and SMALL
* I recommend using this small cutters. They’re very handy when you want to make small shapes! I use them all the time.
The Challenge & Tips
What was difficult?
The challenge was Mimbo Jimbo’s face colors. Blue and Gray… difficult colors for food 😅
For blue, I marinated ham into blue water (water mix with blue food coloring) and you dry with paper towel.
I think it turns out pretty ok.
Tips 1 : How to cut out characters shapes well
If you want to make Character Bento – but you aren’t used to cut food materials to those character shapes, use a tracing paper.
Step 1. Double layer the tracing papers.
Step 2. Place the paper onto a book, trace with pen or pencil.
Step 3. After finished tracing, throw away the 1st paper that was touching the book.
Step 4. Use the top layer of tracing paper that it wasn’t touching the book, so you can use it clean 😀
Step 5. Place the paper onto Ham, or any flat food so that you can slice following the paper.
Tips 2 : Give a Happy Surprise!
On left top corner you see a yellow capsule box. They’re actually Kinder Surprise Eggs.
If you’re parents you know how obsessed kids are to those surprise eggs…..
I kept the capsule. I’ve put Goldfish crackers.
Their size is just perfect for the capsule.
Z loves them and he always gets excited to see a mini small capsule sitting in his bento lunch box.
I recommend you to try!
Tips 3 : Give small cuts to Banana
This will help kids to peel banana skin easier.
Wanna see more Themed Lunch box / Kyaraben?
If you’re interested to see more Themed Bento, here are some of my works
I’d like to say Thank you Jakob for allowing me this collaboration!
I to see more and more amazing kids books and keep kids smiling!
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