by Katie Clark on August 1, 2016

I remember when Jack was born, the day he started school seemed so far away.

I've never been one to want to rush my children to grow up and push them out into the world. I think keeping them under my safe watch for as long as possible is just fine.

Unfortunately for me, the day Jack starts school is coming quicker than I anticipated. While we are mainly going to be doing home preschool, he will be going to a class for three hours once a week starting in September taught by a lady from church.

While I know he will learn so much, have a lot of fun, and be loved on by his teacher, it still makes me a little bit sad.

Why do kids have to grow up so fast?

At least I have a year left until kindergarten!

Anyways, when I was growing up, my mom always put a note on a napkin in my lunchbox. She did this until the day I graduated from high school, and it is something I always cherished.

She always did this for all of her children, and even though some were more embarrassed than others, we all loved it. No matter what kind of sandwich she made, what kind of drink she put in (even if we were lucky enough to get something like a bottle of Tampico), or what treat she gave us, the note is what we all looked for.

When my kids go to school, I plan to do the same. I've seen a lot of cute printables that people make, but I think I'll stick to a good ol' fashioned napkin.

I thought I would share 101 lunch box note ideas in case you get stuck. You can always just put a "Good luck on your test!" Or "I love you!" on the note, but sometimes it's fun to get a little more creative. In this post, you'll find quotes, jokes, riddles, and even conversation starters. I hope that you'll find this useful with the new school year coming up!

Now excuse me while I go cuddle my  boys, drink some Tampico, and pray they decide to slow down in their growing for a few more days.

Quotes on Education

"Education is the most powerful tool you can use to change the future" - Nelson Mandella

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it" - Aristotle

"Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one" - Malcome Forbes

"If you desire to make a difference in the world, you must be different from the world." - Elaine S Dalton

"Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire."  -William Butler Yeat

"Being educated is the difference between wishing you could do some good and being able to do some good." - Russell M Nelson

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi

“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” -Maya Angelou

“Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” - Malcolm X

“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.” -Walter Cronkite

"If we do not plan knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when are old." - Lord Chesterfield

Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom- Oprah Winfrey


What has a face and two hands but no arms or legs? A clock

Which letter of the alphabet has the most water? The C

Which month has 28 days? All of them of course!

Which is heavier, a pound of feathers or a pound of bricks? A pound weighs the same either way!

What has a neck but no head? A bottle.

What can you catch but not throw? A cold.

What gets wetter the more it dries? A towel.

What has a face, two arms, but no head or legs? A clock.

What has to be broken before you can use it? An egg.

What belongs to you but is used more by others? Your name.

What goes up but doesn't come down? Your age.

Everyone has it but no one can lose it? A shadow.

What kind of coat can you only put on wet? A coat of paint.


What's the difference between a fish and guitar? You can't tuna fish.

What is a pirate’s favorite letter? —- Rrrrrrrr!

Why did the cookie go to the doctor? —- Because he was feeling crumby.

What did one eye say to the other eye? —- Something smells between us.

What did the king say when he went to the dentist? I came to get my crown.

What do you call a sleeping T-Rex? —- A dinosnore!

Why are ghosts bad liars? Because you can see right through them.

What do you call an alligator in a vest? —- An investigator.

What do you call a kid with a dictionary in their pocket? A smarty pants.

Who is the king of the school supplies? A ruler.

Why does Humpty Dumpty like Autumn? Because he had a great fall.

Why did the mathbook look so sad? Because it had so many problems.

Why are teddy bears never hungry? Because they are stuffed.

What do you call a fake noodle? An impasta!

What do you call cheese that isn’t yours? Nacho cheese!

Where do cows go for entertainment? To the moooovies.

How do you keep an elephant from charging? Take away her credit card.

What do you call a cow with no legs? Ground beef.

Why do bees have sticky hair? Because they use a honeycomb.

How do you make a tissue dance? —- Put a little boogie in it.

Motivational Quotes

If everyone helps to hold up the sky, then one person does not become tired - Askhari Johnson Hodari

"We are only as strong as we are united, as we as we are divided." -J.K. Rowling

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”― Confucius

“Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education.”― Martin Luther King Jr.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”― Aristotle

Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out." --John Wooden

"If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary." --Jim Rohn

"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly." --Proverb

"Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value." --Albert Einstein

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." --Eleanor Roosevelt

"The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do." --Anonymous

"All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." --Walt Disney

"You can do anything, but not everything. --Anonymous

"All progress takes place outside the comfort zone." --Michael John Bobak

"The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary." --Vidal Sassoon

"The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same." --Colin R. Davis

Kindness Quotes

"Kindness is the essence of greatness" - Joseph B. Wirthlin

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop

"Carry out a random act of kindness, with no exception of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you."  - Princess Diana

"True popularity comes from acts of kindness rather than acts of stupidity" - Bo Bennett

It is your reaction to adversity, not the adversity itself, that determines how your life's story will develop - dieter f uchtdorf

"Kindness is always fashionable and always welcome." - Amelia Barr

Every Day of Our Lives WE Are Given Opportunities to Show Love and Kindness to those around us - Thomas S Monson

"We can't help everyone, but we can help someone." Ronald Reagan

Everyone, independent of his or her decisions, deserves our kindness - neil l andersen

By becoming the answer to someone's prayer, we often find the answer to our own - dieter f uchtdorf

Fun Facts

There are more plastic flamingos in the world than real ones

Applesauce was the first food eaten in outer space

Gorillas burp when they are happy

A newborn kangaroo is about the length of a paper clip

A dolphin can hear underwater sounds from about 15 miles away.

Avocados are poisonous to birds.

A male ostrich can roar like a lion

The average person waits about six months of their life waiting for a red light to turn green

A single cloud can weigh more than 1 million pounds

Just like fingerprints, everyone has different tongue prints

To produce a single pound of honey, a single bee would have to visit 2 million flowers

New York drifts one inch further from London every year

A flea can jump up to 200 times its own height.

A sneeze travels around 100 miles per hour

1 in 10 people are left-handed

Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia is the fear of long words.

If you were to stretch a Slinky out until it’s flat, it would measure 87 feet long.

About 150 people per year are killed by coconuts.

Honey never spoils

Conversation Starters

Your child can ask these to other kids at the table, or they can write a response on the back of the napkin to have you read when you pack their lunch next. It might be a fun way to connect your child, especially as they get older!

What is your favorite book?

What is your favorite place you have been on vacation?

What is the best thing that happened to you this week?

What is the worst thing that happened to you this week?

If you had to give up tacos, hamburgers, or spaghetti, what would you choose?

What is your favorite kind of food?

If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?

What is your favorite childhood memory?

What would you do with $1 million dollars?

What is your favorite day of the week and why?

What is the best thing you did this summer?

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