Do you leave notes in your kids lunch boxes for them to find every day?  You don’t?!  Well you definitely should.  Kids love getting fun notes from their parents, grandparents and other people in their family — so make sure to get everyone involved.  With kids going to school 160 – 180 days a year….that’s going to be a lot of note-writing but lunch box notes are guaranteed to bring a smile to your kids’ face every lunch hour!

If this is your first year doing lunch box notes, here’s a quick list of types of notes to help you out! 

Notes of Affirmations and Encouragement:

Who doesn’t love to be encouraged?  Lunch box notes are a great way to let your Little know how much you love them and how proud you are of them.  If they have a test at school, it’s the perfect time to write a note and let them know how smart they are and how well you know they will do on their test.  Lunch box notes are also a terrific place to write daily affirmations for your child to find, such as, “You are brave.  You are kind.  You are strong.  You are special.  You are Enough.”  

Build Their Skills:

Lunch box notes can be the best place to write sight words to help your young reader.  Also try writing a word problem, daily brain teaser or math problem to sharpen their arithmetic skills.  Word puzzles, seek and find and crossword puzzle games can also wake the brain up and help your child get ready for their afternoon classes.  

Reminder Notes:

Don’t forget notes to reminder your child of their doctor’s appointment or if their grandmother is picking them up from school.  Also, you can remind them to ask the teacher to send home their field trip permission slip or have them turn in their library books.  Reminder behavioral notes may help them remember to pay attention in class and don’t talk to their friends too much or listen to their teacher.  You can also remind them to be nice to their friends and also remind them to do their chores when they get home from school. 

Fun Facts, Games and Jokes:

How about giving them fun facts about their lunch — such as how peanut butter is made.  You can also write a note and have them guess how many grapes are in their container before they open it.  And what kid doesn’t like a corny knock- knock joke?  Like this one for instance: 

Knock, knock.

Who’s there?


Lettuce who?

Lettuce in, it’s cold out here!

Sure go ahead, you can use that for your first one!

A little bit of help:

So sometimes we as parents get a busy or our family has a long weekend — and next thing you know, it’s Monday morning and you’re running late getting the kids off to school.  Time is short, but you still need to get that note in the lunch box, because your Little is expecting it, right?  Well here’s a little secret I’m going to share with just you — you can purchase pre-written notes for those oops you forgot days.  Check out these links to see which ones you like.

  1. Lunch Box Lovables
  2. Pinterest Prinatables
  3. Sweet Scratch-offs

I hope this list helps you and your kids bond throughout the school year, with your fun and loving lunch box notes!  

Lisa Haynes
Lisa Collins-Haynes is full-time photographer, for the past 7 years. She specializes in client work for motherhood sessions and underwater portraits. She also does commercial work in food and product photography. Lisa holds a BS in Hospitality and Tourism Management and a Masters in Business Administration. Before becoming a photographer, Lisa was an International Travel Writer and enjoyed traversing the globe and story-telling to her readership. Writing was an unexpected pathway into the diverse world of photography for her. When not working behind the lens, Lisa enjoys volunteering in the community, cooking, traveling with her husband and spending time with family and friends. She resides in North Austin; has one college-aged daughter and a grand puppy named, Cookie.


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