Better Lunch Notes

I was 8 years old when my Mom had my first baby brother. Up until this time it was just me. I had to go to school while she was at home with him … the attention hogger! The lil' booger was stealing my thunder!

On the first day back at school I dragged my miserable butt from class to class. Once lunchtime came though, I was suddenly fine. It was not the bologna and cheese. It was Mom!

Mom had written a napkin note and her words were all the affirmation that I needed. She loved me and OK, maybe she wasn't going to sell me to gypsies. Whatever nightmare scenario was working in my third grade mind was squashed — just like that!

I think every kid would agree — finding a note in their lunch is really special. Even if they have reached the "cool age" a note always brings a smile. My husband has not yet reached this age and he loves my notes! (Just kidding Fran! Love you.)

There are many lunch note printables available on the internet. I was even thinking of offering a printable myself, but then I thought … I don't even know your kid! … But YOU DO!!

Make your elementary school teacher (and your kid) proud and WRITE your child a lunch note.

It is WAY more special coming from you. Your child is one-of-a-kind … and your messages to them should be, too!

Tell them you love them in your super secret way that only the two of you understand. Tell them a joke! Countdown to a special day. Quiz them on what they are learning in class that week. Recall a memory. Write them an inspirational quote. Have a surprise planned? Send them a teaser! Don't write at all … doodle!

Whatever you do — do it with a pen! You know what "they say" about learning from example, right? Show your kids that adults can do more than type words with their two thumbs! They can write, just like you are learning right now!

Here are a few ideas on ways to make your lunch notes interesting. It's a little step up from the napkin note and keeps paper usage at a minimum.

Why don't you write your notes on ...

Peelable fruit

An old deck of cards not quite adding up to 52

Flashcards that your child has outgrown

Incomplete large puzzle pieces

The back of old school notices

A wipeable marker boardCard paper inside a plastic storage baggie or a laminated sheet of paper works just fine! This is especially helpful for children learning how to write. Laminate the sentence structure paper that they use in school.

ChalkboardChalkboard labels, tape, and paint can be added inside your child's lunch box or on top of a reusable snack container. My girls were all done with Dora this year so I painted layers of chalkboard paint over top of their Dora decorated containers. (Sorry Dora, you had your time!)

Food packaging — Such as, on the cellophane of a fruit cup or on the back of a juice box.

Newspaper comics


* Remember to write in the way that your child is currently learning. If they are learning cursive lettering, then remember how to correctly DO THAT and write that way.

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