The first day of school is always daunting, whether your little one is a brand-new kindergartner or a seasoned grade-schooler. Help your kids transition back-to-school with a perfectly packed lunch complete with a lunchbox note or treat. Slipping messages of love and support into your kids’ lunches is a time-honored way of giving your reluctant scholar a little boost in the middle of the day. After all, who doesn’t love a surprise with their meal? Here are some of our favorite lunch box note ideas and little treats for your schoolgirl, with a 2017 twist.
1. Free Lunchbox Note Printables
We’re not suggesting you just print out a generic typed note for your daughter (although that would be easier, wouldn’t it?). But in the Pinterest age, you can find so many lunchbox note ideas, lunchbox notes jokes (like these from PopSugar.com) that provide a cute background, and a starting-off point for what to write, so you stay fresh on ideas.
2. Lip Balm Treat
You probably don’t want to use anything too sugary or unhealthy as a treat in your daughter’s lunch, but that doesn’t mean you can’t throw in a sweet surprise! An Emoji lip balm ball with heart eyes is the perfect tiny gift to give with a lunchbox note your girl a little lift at lunchtime. She can carry it around and think of you whenever she uses it.
No, we’re not talking about the popular board game, we’re talking about actually writing your note on a banana. Use a sharpie, or even a ballpoint pen, and gently write a message of love to your little one on the outside peel of a banana. Your child can read, smile, peel, and eat.This lunchbox note idea is perfect, right?
4. Tootsie Pop Surprise
On days when you do want to give your girl a little sugary treat, we suggest carefully opening the wrapper of a tootsie pop, and then slipping in a tiny handwritten note (fold the paper with the ink facing out so it doesn’t actually touch the candy) and then wrap it back up so it looks good as new. When your daughter opens the tootsie pop, this special idea for a lunchbox note from you will fall out and surprise her. Adorable!
5. Keep it Clean
You know schools are germy places. And it’s not uncommon for back-to-school to mean sniffles (or worse) when so many kids get together in one place for the first time in a while. That’s why slipping a new cute, sweet-smelling, and handy-as-heck hand sanitizer into your kid’s lunchbox can be the best surprise that keeps on giving. We like these Tsum Tsum character hand sanitizers that come in a pack of six, along with a holder. That way, you can put a new one in the lunch container at the beginning of every week. With scents like watermelon, cotton candy, grape, lemon, cherry, and bubblegum, keeping your hands clean is a real treat.
Being a kid can be hard, and going back to school in the fall can be scary. With these oh-so-2017 ways, you can show your kids you care, even when you’re not together. A little bit of encouragement will go a long way during those first weeks of school.
Do you have any ideas for lunchbox notes? Let us know your favorite ways to include a surprise in a packed lunch in the comments!