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More than 150 lunch note ideas to make your kids smile

A great way to connect with your kids during the school day is by sneaking words of encouragement, jokes or riddles into their lunch bag. They’ll know you’re thinking of them even though you aren’t together, and you’ll feel like a great parent. Win! Win!

Stats on how sending notes in your child's lunch box will make them have a better day

If lunchbox notes seem like a giant pain when you’re already in the thick of packing lunch boxes, I’ve got you covered!

I’m sharing more than 150 simple note ideas for your child’s lunch box. You’ll see I’ve divided them up into different categories to make your life as easy as possible – so you’ll be able to find exactly what you’re looking for fast.

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Why you should take the time to put little notes in your child’s school lunches

Emotional connection

A special note provides a tangible expression of your love, care, and presence even when you’re not physically together. They help strengthen the emotional bond between you and your child and serve as a little reminder that you’re thinkign of them during their lunch breaks.

Encouragement and motivation

A simple cute note of encouragement or motivation is an easy way to uplift your child’s spirits and boost their confidence throughout the day. It serves as a reminder that you believe in them and their abilities.

Surprise and excitement

Discovering fun lunch box notes in their lunchbox can be a delightful surprise for your child and help them have a good day. It adds an element of excitement to their lunchtime routine and gives them something positive to look forward to throughout the school year.

Positive reinforcement

Lunch box notes can be a fun way to acknowledge and praise your child’s efforts, achievements, or positive qualities. These positive messages foster self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment.

Connection with family values

Lunch box notes can convey important family values, such as kindness, gratitude, or perseverance. It’s an opportunity to impart meaningful messages that align with your family’s principles.

Communication and bonding

Even though you may not be physically present, lunch box notes allow you to maintain a form of communication with your child throughout the day. It’s a way to stay connected and show your support.

Brightening their day

A thoughtful and loving note can brighten your child’s day and bring a smile to their face. It adds a personal touch to their lunchtime experience and lets them know they are cherished. And funny notes can make them laugh.

Overall, lunch box notes are a simple yet powerful way to show your love, provide encouragement, and foster a positive connection with your child. They create moments of joy and strengthen your relationship, making lunchtime a little more special.

What to write your note on

Woman holding markers in one hand and food storage container with silicone lid in the other hand. She's wearing a blue apron. Lid has a joke written on it in sharpie.

You definitely don’t want to overthink this part. You can jot a note on a sticky note, on a piece of paper, on their napkin, on fresh fruits in their lunch (assuming it’s a peel that they’ll be removing), or even on the silicone lid of their lunch box container (use a Sharpie – it washes right off) or it can be written on the outside of a sandwich bag.

You can even buy a pack of special little notecards with a tiny envelope. It’s completely up to you. Just remember, you don’t need to put too much effort into this – it really is the thought that counts.

Free printable lunchbox notes

Complete the form below to download these free printable lunch box notes that you can cut and customize. These cute lunch notes are easy to print, cut and then customize with different messages. Grab your blank lunch box notes below.

20 Positive Notes To Include in your Child’s Lunch Box

  1. You’re amazing! Have a fantastic day, superstar!
  2. Believe in yourself. Enjoy your day!
  3. Your smile brightens the world. Happy lunch!
  4. You’re stronger than you think. Keep going!
  5. Dream big! Enjoy your lunch and shine!
  6. Be kind, be brave, be you. Enjoy your break!
  7. You can make a difference. Enjoy your lunchtime!
  8. Mistakes help you grow. Have a great day!
  9. Believe in yourself. Enjoy your lunch!
  10. You’re unique, loved, and amazing. Enjoy lunch!
  11. Embrace challenges with a smile. You’re a champion!
  12. Use your imagination today. Have a magical lunch!
  13. Ask questions, explore. Enjoy your lunch, explorer!
  14. Be kind, and kindness will find you. Spread love!
  15. Don’t give up. You’re strong. Enjoy lunch!
  16. Shine bright, my incredible child. Have a great lunch!
  17. Your smile can brighten days. Spread happiness!
  18. Mistakes lead to growth. Keep going!
  19. Every step matters. Chase your dreams!
  20. I’m always here for you. Enjoy lunch, I’m proud!

20 Trivia Facts for Kids Lunches

  1. Did you know that the honeybee is the only insect that produces food eaten by humans?
  2. The largest ocean on Earth is the Pacific Ocean. It covers more area than all the continents combined!
  3. The planet Jupiter is so big that all the other planets in our solar system could fit inside it.
  4. The Great Wall of China is one of the few man-made structures visible from space.
  5. The fastest land animal is the cheetah, capable of reaching speeds up to 70 miles per hour (113 km/h).
  6. The Earth has one moon, but some planets have many moons. Can you name one?
  7. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France to the United States and represents freedom and democracy.
  8. The giraffe is the tallest living land animal, with its long neck reaching up to 18 feet (5.5 meters) in height!
  9. The Amazon rainforest is the largest tropical rainforest in the world, spanning across several countries in South America.
  10. Dolphins are highly intelligent creatures and communicate with each other using a series of clicks and whistles.
  11. The highest mountain in the world is Mount Everest, located in the Himalayas and reaching a height of 29,029 feet (8,848 meters).
  12. The human body is made up of over 200 bones, and they provide support and protection for our organs.
  13. The fastest bird in the world is the Peregrine falcon, capable of diving at speeds over 240 miles per hour (386 km/h).
  14. The coldest temperature ever recorded on Earth was -128.6 degrees Fahrenheit (-89.2 degrees Celsius) in Antarctica.
  15. The seven colors of the rainbow are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet.
  16. The African elephant is the largest land animal, weighing up to 12,000 pounds (5,400 kilograms)!
  17. The planet Mars is often called the “Red Planet” because of its reddish appearance.
  18. The human brain is the control center of the body and weighs about three pounds (1.4 kilograms).
  19. The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, was originally built as a temporary structure for the 1889 World’s Fair.
  20. The monarch butterfly is known for its long-distance migration, traveling up to 3,000 miles (4,800 kilometers) during its lifetime.

20 Riddles for Lunch Boxes

  1. I speak without a mouth and hear without ears. I have no body, but I come alive with wind. What am I? (An echo)
  2. What has keys but can’t open locks? (A piano)
  3. I have cities but no houses, forests but no trees, and rivers but no water. What am I? (A map)
  4. What has a face that never frowns, can be seen in the sky, and changes its shape but never its size? (The moon)
  5. I am full of holes but still holds water. What am I? (a sponge)
  6. I am taken from a mine, and shut up in a wooden case, from which I am never released, and yet I am used by almost every person. What am I? (A pencil)
  7. I can fly without wings. I can cry without eyes. Wherever I go, darkness follows me. What am I? (A shadow)
  8. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I? (Footsteps)
  9. What has hands but can’t clap? (A clock)
  10. I have keys but no locks. I have space but no room. You can enter, but you can’t go outside. What am I? (A computer)
  11. What comes once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years? (The letter M)
  12. I am always hungry, I must always be fed. The finger I touch will soon turn red. What am I? (A stapler)
  13. What has a heart that doesn’t beat? (A deck of cards)
  14. I have a face that never frowns. I have hands but no arms. What am I? (A clock)
  15. I have a neck but no head, and I wear a cap. What am I? (A bottle)
  16. I can be cracked, made, told, and played. What am I? (A joke)
  17. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I? (Footsteps)
  18. I am taken from a mine and shut in a wooden case. I can make you see straight through a wall. What am I? (A window)
  19. What is a snake’s favorite subject in school? (Hisss tory)
  20. What gets wetter the more it dries? (A towel)

20 Sweet Messages for the Lunch Box

  1. You make my heart smile. Enjoy your lunch, my dear!
  2. Every bite you take, know that you are loved beyond measure.
  3. Remember, you’re a shining star. Have a wonderful day, my little one!
  4. You’re my sunshine in a lunchbox. Sending you love and hugs!
  5. Today, may your lunch be filled with happiness and delicious surprises.
  6. Your laughter is music to my ears. Have a joyful lunchtime!
  7. You are brave, strong, and capable of anything. Believe in yourself!
  8. Your kindness is contagious. Spread love wherever you go!
  9. Take a bite and feel my warm hugs wrapping around you. You are cherished!
  10. In this lunchbox, you’ll find a sprinkle of love and a dash of magic. Enjoy!
  11. Your smile brightens my day. Share it with the world during lunchtime!
  12. Lunchtime is a chance to recharge and be ready for new adventures. Enjoy your break, my little explorer!
  13. I’m grateful for you every day. Enjoy your lunch, and know that you are loved.
  14. You’re not just growing taller; you’re growing kinder, smarter, and more amazing each day.
  15. Lunchtime is a perfect moment to nourish your body and soul. Enjoy every bite!
  16. Sending you a lunchbox full of encouragement and positivity. You’ve got this!
  17. Remember to dream big and never give up. You are capable of incredible things!
  18. You’re my superhero, and this lunch is your power fuel. Have an extraordinary day!
  19. Your imagination knows no bounds. Let it soar during lunchtime!
  20. No matter where you are, know that my love is always with you. Enjoy your lunch, my sweet child!
Kids lunches packed in bento style boxes. Middle box has a blue lunchbox note on it that says Have an awesome day!

20 Rhyming Lunch Box Notes

  1. Roses are red, violets are blue, your lunch is packed with love, just for you!
  2. Roses are red, the sky is blue, enjoy your lunch, and have a great day too!
  3. Roses are red, the grass is green, may your lunchtime be the best you’ve ever seen!
  4. Roses are red, the sun is bright, savor your lunch, it’s a tasty delight!
  5. Roses are red, the birds will sing, have a fantastic lunch, my amazing little thing!
  6. Roses are red, the flowers bloom, your lunch is filled with joy, banishing any gloom!
  7. Roses are red, the ocean is deep, enjoy your lunch, as sweet as a lollipop’s sweep!
  8. Roses are red, the mountains are high, have a lunch break that makes you fly!
  9. Roses are red, the trees are tall, enjoy your lunch, it’s the best of all!
  10. Roses are red, the stars shine bright, your lunch is a constellation of delight!
  11. Roses are red, the moon is round, savor your lunch, the best in town!
  12. Roses are red, the air is crisp, have a lunch that’s full of deliciousness!
  13. Roses are red, the day is new, enjoy your lunch, my little kangaroo!
  14. Roses are red, the world is vast, may your lunch be a flavor blast!
  15. Roses are red, the rainbows gleam, have a lunch that’s a tasty dream!
  16. Roses are red, the clouds drift by, enjoy your lunch, and reach for the sky!
  17. Roses are red, the breeze is light, may your lunch be a pure delight!
  18. Roses are red, the earth is spinning, savor your lunch, it’s just the beginning!
  19. Roses are red, the night is still, enjoy your lunch, and feel the thrill!
  20. Roses are red, your smile is bright, have a lunch that fills you with delight!

25 Ideas for a Simple Drawing You can Include in your child’s lunch

  1. Smiley face
  2. Heart
  3. Sun
  4. Flower
  5. Butterfly
  6. Star
  7. Rainbow
  8. Cloud
  9. Tree
  10. Fish
  11. Cat
  12. Dog
  13. Ice cream cone
  14. Cupcake
  15. Pizza slice
  16. Car
  17. Rocket ship
  18. Soccer ball
  19. Basketball
  20. Music note
  21. Penguin
  22. Robot
  23. Bear
  24. Rocket ship
  25. Unicorn

20 Food Puns for your child’s lunchbox

  1. You’re egg-straordinary!
  2. Let’s taco ’bout how awesome you are!
  3. You’re grape-tastic!
  4. Life would be un-brie-lievable without you!
  5. You’re one in a melon!
  6. You’re berry special to me!
  7. You’re a real pizza work!
  8. You’re a doughnut worry, be happy kind of kid!
  9. You’re a-peeling!
  10. You’re a souper star!
  11. You’re the zest!
  12. You’re a smart cookie!
  13. You’re soy amazing!
  14. You’re butter than the rest!
  15. You’re soda-lightful!
  16. You’re the icing on the cake!
  17. You’re a cutie pie!
  18. You’re sweet as honey!
  19. You’re a real corny kid!
  20. You’re the apple of my eye!

20 lunch box jokes that will make your kid’s day

  1. Why don’t eggs tell jokes? Because they might crack up!
  2. How do you organize a space party? You “planet”!
  3. What do you call fake spaghetti? An “impasta”!
  4. What did the grape say when it got stepped on? Nothing, it just let out a little juice!
  5. Why did the bicycle fall over? Because it was too tired!
  6. Why don’t skeletons fight each other? They don’t have the guts!
  7. What did the janitor say when he jumped out of the closet? “Surprise!”
  8. How do you make a tissue dance? Put a little wiggle in it!
  9. What do you call a bear with no teeth? A bear with a big smile!
  10. Why did the scarecrow win an award? Because he was amazing in the cornfields!
  11. Why don’t scientists trust atoms? Because they make up everything!
  12. How does a penguin build its house? It uses snow and ice like bricks!
  13. What do you call a snowman with a six-pack? A really strong snowman!
  14. Why did the golfer bring two pairs of pants? In case he gets a hole-in-one!
  15. Why don’t skeletons fight at parties? They’re too busy dancing!
  16. How do you organize a space party? You “planet” in advance!
  17. Why did the tomato turn red? Because it saw the salad dressing!
  18. What do you call a fake noodle? A noodle pretending to be something else!
  19. Did you hear about the mathematician who’s afraid of negative numbers? He always wants to keep things positive!
  20. Why did the bicycle fall over? It was too exhausted from all the riding!

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