When I was a child, one of the highlights of the school day for me was opening my lunchbox

to find a special note written by my mom. I loved having that little daily reminder that she was thinking about me. Whether I was having a great day or a tough one, her sweet words never failed to make me smile. My mom actually continued to put notes in my lunch all the way through high school, and even as a teenager, I appreciated the reminder of her love and support. Now, my own son is almost six years old and about to start first grade. I want to keep the tradition of lunch box notes going because I know how much they always meant to me. I want my son to be able to look forward to lunchtime, knowing that there will be a little reminder that I love him and am hoping he has a wonderful day.


The reality is, though, once the school year starts our mornings are pretty rushed and hectic around here, so I don’t always have the time I’d like to sit down and write out a note. I decided that it would be handy to have some lunch box notes ready to go so that each morning, I can just grab one and stick it in when I’m packing my son’s food. I created a set of four little printable lunchbox notes with some cute insects on them that are quick and easy to print out and I thought I’d share them with you today in case you find yourself in the same boat.


All you have to do is save them to your computer, print them out (I recommend on 3x4” cards), cut them, and you’re ready to go! There’s a little bit of extra space on each one in case you’d like to sign your name or write something personal, but you can use them as-is. My plan is to print out enough to last a few weeks and have a stack on the counter so that I can just pull one off the top of the pile every day. The images work for both boys and girls, and so do the messages. To download them, just click on the name of each printable below. Each link will take you to a Google Doc where you can right click the image and save it to your computer.


BEE HAPPY lunchbox note

YOU ARE SPECIAL lunchbox note

I LOVE YOU lunchbox note

JUMP FOR JOY lunchbox note

I hope you and your kids enjoy these and can turn lunchtime into a fun tradition for your family too!