Lunchbox Notes ~ More Than Just a Note

Lunchbox Notes ~ More Than Just a Note

So, kids are off to school.  Yippee!  However, for some sweet kiddos the transition back to the school routine is hard.  They miss mom or dad.  They might feel alone or scared, especially if they’re in a new school.  Or, maybe you just want to make your kiddo feel extra loved and special.  Let them know that you think about them during the day.  I know I did.  I would picture my boys sitting down for lunch, opening their lunch boxes to find some silly lunchbox notes from me. Lunchbox notes are a fun and easy way to comfort your child or just give them a virtual hug from you.

Some days it was a silly picture drawn on their napkin.  Some days maybe a note or a specially cut sandwich.  Then I found these cute little lunch cards that I could simply add to their lunches. Some of them were sweet notes.  Some were a lunch time joke to share with friends.  I guess these little tokens made me feel better and made me feel like I was a good mom.  I didn’t realize how important the notes were to my boys though.

Then one day as I was putting laundry away I found several of my lunchbox notes hidden away in my son’s sock drawer.  That’s when I knew that the notes were more meaningful and powerful than I realized.

As a teacher, I also get to see the smiles on the faces of the kids who are lucky enough to get a sweet little note of encouragement during the day.  Isn’t it nice for all of us to feel like someone is thinking of us.  A simple text message from Mr. LouiseMarie puts a smile on my face in the middle of a crazy day.

So we all agree that a note can have a big impact, but we also know that the morning rush struggle is real.  AND, who is really organized enough to do it the night before?  Not me.  Don’t worry.   It doesn’t have to be every day.  Maybe just once or twice a week.  You can hand write them on a scrap of notepaper or a napkin.  Or maybe you want to pre-print a some sweet notes on Avery labels and just stick them to the sandwich bag.  You can also print on card stock, cut them apart, and have them ready to go ahead of time.

Don’t minimize the impact a simple lunch box note from you could have on your child.  It really can turn their day around. Don’t believe me?  Well, I came across this story.  A mom who was working long hours wanted a way to connect with her daughter.  She embarked on a journey to write a letter to her daughter each day of school during her sixth grade year.  Fast forward, the daughter uses the letters that she saved and used them to write her thesis for her maters degree.  Turns out, those simple letters had a BIG impact.  You can read more about them on her website here.

Okay, now that I’ve guilted inspired you, let me help make this task even easier.  I found a few resources for you.

This is the site of the original makers of lunchbox notes. (At least that’s what they claim.)  They have notes to purchase, notes to download, and some other resources as well.  Plus, they have a family kindness challenge that looks cool as well.

Here’s a resource that links to all kinds of free printable lunch notes.

We are all pressed for time, especially in the mornings.  Doesn’t  it seem like every single day is a rush to get out the door?  Well, these pre-printed sticky notes make adding a note to a lunchbox or backpack super easy.  You could even put one inside your child’s folder for a sweet surprise.


Another great option are these super cute lunchbox love cards.   Super easy to just throw one in right alongside a sandwich. 🙂  There’s even ones for teachers to give to students.  I may have to add those to my cart.


And how cute are these sweet notes?

And, because I want to make this as easy and do-able as possible, I am offering you a free cut file if you’d like to make your own tiny notes.  Simply use this link to download the file.  Load up your card stock and cut to your heart’s content.  These are adorable speech bubble shapes that are the perfect size for a tiny note.  I stamp a simple image on one side or add a sticker and write my note on the opposite side.  Easy.  Fun.

I hope this post encourages all you moms and dads out there to add a quick note to your child’s lunch or backpack.  And, if you have any other tips for reaching out to your kiddo during the day,  share it with us in the comments below.  And of course, you could always join my email list so that you don’t have to worry about missing a post here.


Until next time~












Still, I hope this post encourages all the moms and dads out there to add a quick note to your child’s lunch or backpack.


  1. Great ideas. Mine don’t take lunches yet, but I plan to keep this in mind. What a simple way to show you love your kiddo.

  2. This is such a great idea and I bet kids do think it’s so fun to find a note in their lunchbox. You are such a great mom! Thank you for sharing!

  3. I love this! I used to write it on a napkin but I love the idea of little printed cards. We just started the Whisk It Wednesday link party and I thought you might be interested in sharing there too! Thanks, Carrie

    1. Author

      Thank you Carrie! I appreciate the tip for the link up and I’m so glad you liked the idea.

  4. My first grader asks every day if I’ve included a note in her lunch. Sometimes it seems so tedious and I have a lack of inspiration for what to right. Thank you for reminding me how important it is to continue taking a few minutes each day to leave her a little message.

    1. Author

      I am so glad if I’ve encouraged you. Yes! Keep writing those tedious notes. 🙂 They are more important than you think. And P.S., buy yourself some of those preprinted ones to make your life a little easier on those tough days.

  5. What a lovely idea! The printables look so handy, and encouragement really does mean so much to kids. It really does make a difference. Thank you so much for sharing, and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link party.

  6. Oh I love this idea! Zach doesn’t take lunches in as he has school dinners but I wonder if I can sneak some in his book bag. We shall see! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  7. These little notes are super cute, Everyone enjoys a little bit of special attention and I bet children would enjoy receiving these lunch box notes. Great idea.

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