We love a fun bento box as much as the next person, but has anyone else noticed that most playful school lunch ideas require a PhD in arts and crafts? So cute, but who has the time — or, um, ability?

While we admittedly attempt more ambitious school lunches for birthdays and on Halloween (because we’re suckers for a spooooky school lunch), the rest of the year is all about keeping it fun and easy too. That’s why we put together these 5 playful school lunch ideas over at Cool Mom Eats.

Each one is easy to make, well balanced, and appealing enough to actually be eaten. The school lunch trifecta: No parent torture required.