Across the country, kids and parents alike are getting excited for the May 1st release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron! This sequel — featuring several new heroes and one very angry android — is on target to pack an equally powerful punch.
At the same time, two Superdads have put their parenting powers to work in their kids’ lunchboxes, and are ready to share their methods with you.
Designer Daddy, AKA Brent Almond, lives in Washington D.C., and each morning he slips a secret message into his son’s lunchbox in the form of SUPERLUNCHNOTES! Brent transforms mild-mannered sticky notes into action-packed fun, starring his son’s favorite superheroes.
Weighing in from the west coast, Lunchbox Dad, AKA Beau Coffron, crafts incredible bento box lunches for his kids. His creations are based on popular movies, books, and TV shows, and this time he's assembled an amazing Avengers lunch, complete with step-by-step instructions on how to build it yourself.
Avengers Super Lunch Notes
Leading up to the release of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Brent has drafted notes featuring three of the most powerful Avengers: team leader Captain America, techie genius Iron Man, and green goliath Hulk!
To make your own SuperLunchNotes, download these printable sheets for Iron Man, Captain America and Hulk, that include two different sizes you or your child can color in, as well as a full-color version. You can also print and trace the superhero, then add your own special message!
Marvel’s Avengers Lunch
2 slices whole wheat bread
1 slice sandwich meat
1 slice white cheese
1 hard boiled egg
Green food coloring
1 tsp. white vinegar
¼ Cup boiling water
¼ cup blueberries
1 TBS. fat free cream cheese
1 star shaped sprinkle
1 natural red fruit roll or fruit leather
2-3 slices dried mango
1 Pretzel rod
6 cups crispy rice cereal
3 TBS. Butter
10 oz. bag marshmallows
Black food coloring, silver sprinkles, or silver food color spray
1 Black plastic spider
1. Melt butter in pot. Add all of the marshmallows. Stir until melted. Add crispy rice cereal and a few drops black food coloring or silver sprinkles. Stir until desired consistency and color is achieved.
2. Spread mixture in 8-inch square pan. Let cool for 3-4 minutes and cut out one rectangle. Insert pretzel rod into rectangle and let cool completely. Another option is to spray crispy rice treats with silver food color spray. Place Thor’s hammer in lunchbox.
3. In boiling water combine green food coloring and white vinegar. Pour into small glass. Put egg in dye and let sit for 5-10 minutes until egg is desired color. Remove and let dry. Once dry, draw Hulk’s face on egg with black marker. Use picture as a guide.
4. In dish place Hulk egg and all of the blueberries except for one. Slice strawberry into sections. Take largest slice and put cream cheese on top. Push smaller slice on top of cream cheese. Slice blueberry in half. Dab cream cheese onto blueberry and stick on top of smaller strawberry slice. Dab cream cheese on star sprinkle and place on top of blueberry. Put Captain America shield on top of blueberries next to Hulk egg.
5. Lay dried mango in dish. Cut different size circles from fruit roll or fruit leather. These are Scarlet Witch’s “hex bolts.” Place on dried mango as shown in picture.
6. Cut circle from whole wheat bread slice. Cut “A” logo from second slice of bread. Lay meat in dish and cheese on top of that. Place bread circle on cheese and bread “A” on top of circle.
7. Finish with a black plastic toy spider for Black Widow as garnish. Serve to your kids and watch their faces light up with joy!
Brent Almond is a writer, graphic designer, comic book geek and all-around pop-culture junkie. He lives in the burbs of Washington, D.C. with his husband, preschool-aged son and their fluffy, black-and-white dog. Brent chronicles his adventures and obsessions on his blog, Designer Daddy.
Beau Coffron is a husband, father, and writer in the San Francisco Bay Area. On his blog, lunchboxdad.com, he posts fun kid's lunch recipes and also writes about parenting.