Lunch box notes for kids are an easy and fun way to let your children know you’re thinking of them even though you’re not there with them. These 24 different designs are the perfect way to share encouragement and add a huge smile to your child’s school day.
My mom used to write “Love you” with a heart under it on my napkins when I was in elementary school. It was a big deal because I knew she did not enjoy making lunches each morning. (She did it because I disliked eating school lunches even more than she disliked making home lunch – now that’s love!). I still remember how much those little notes meant to me.
Building strong family relationships is important to children’s academic success. And building strong relationships is the purpose of family, isn’t it?
Adding lunch box love notes, jokes, words of encouragement and inspirational notes is such an easy way to build that relationship and build happy childhood memories. Using free printable lunch box notes takes so little time, costs just pennies and makes a big impact.
How do you make lunch fun for kids?
- Add stickers to the lunch bag.
- Use fun lunch boxes.
- Add a colorful or themed napkin.
- Add little notes, like the free lunchbox notes offered below.
- Add stickers to food bags.
- Write a joke, knock knock jokes are a hit with younger kids, on your child’s napkin. Or use these free farm lunch box jokes.
- Cut sandwiches or food into fun shapes.
- Add food coloring to milk or water.
- Share fun facts.
- Add a funny photo or funny picture from a magazine.
Lunch Box Notes for Kids
You’ll find the free printable Lunch Box Notes cards farther down in the article below the double purple lines.
Starting the new school year with a cute note can go a long way in encouraging a younger or nervous child. It’s especially helpful for the first week or so until your child is familiar with the routine and new school year.
Inspirational messages work for middle schoolers and older kids, too, depending on their personality. Be sure to take your child’s personality into account before sending a note. What you mean as a sweet way of sending a little extra love may not be received that way.
What makes lunch box notes for kids great?
- They let your child know you’re thinking of them.
- It’s an easy way to share some fun with your child.
- It establishes a connection with your child even when you’re not physically present.
- It’s easy to personalize for your child’s interests.
- It builds a family tradition that your child will remember.
How to make these lunch box step-by-step
I recommend printing several copies of each note so that you have enough for a month or two. You don’t want to realized you’ve run out of the printable notes one (hectic) morning.
The sheet of blank notes allow you to write your own message, joke or even draw a picture. You can always write a note on the back of the printed lunch box notes.
Use a paper cutter or scissors to cut out the individual notes.
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How do I print the pdf file?
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How can I use the printable (what restrictions are there on use)?
You can print this printable pdf as many times as you’d like for your personal or classroom use. Please do not share the file with family, friends or coworkers. Please do share the link to this post so they can access their own copy of the printable. All printables are copyrighted.
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Be sure to pin these free lunch box notes for kids so you can find them school year after school year.
I’m a mom of 3, a veteran and military spouse. I’ve moved into 20+ homes all around the world. My passion is helping busy people make the space and time for what’s really important to them.