Free, Fun & Motivational Lunch Box Notes For Kids

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At the beginning of kindergarten, I sent little love notes to school in my daughter’s lunch. Since she couldn’t read, I wrote them in code and pictures.

I was worrying since she didn’t know anyone there. It was a big, new experience for us in kindergarten. She had been enrolled in a preschool that was not in district and had no established friends going into the school.

Just in case she was having a hard day, I wanted to remind her how much she is loved right.

Needless to say, as the school year went on, she made friends and relaxed. She enjoyed school and was excited to go.

I relaxed too and stopped sending notes in her lunch box. She would then ask me about it every now and then, reminding me that I was being a big slacker – which is always awesome coming from a 5-year-old.

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Parenting at 7 a.m. is hard

However, as a parent you probably know that the 30 minutes before you have to go to school are the most hectic of the day. In that craziness, love notes were left out.

To make life easier I’ve compiled a few printables for myself and for other parents wishing to send their kids sweet sentiments in the middle of the school day.

Lunch Box Notes for Kids: Elementary & Tweens

I created the first set, which I would classify as being for younger elementary school students, last year and this year I added an additional set of printables for older kids. They would be perfect for tweens and possibly even tweens.

lunch box notes for kids - The Everyday Mom Life

lunch box notes for kids - The Everyday Mom Life

Making lunch box love notes easier

There are 21 in each set. I’ve also added some blank ones so you can add your own messages really quickly if you want to make a more personal note.

You can find both sets of printables in the Cards or For Kids section of the Printables Page here.

Click here for more kid experiences. For 25 back-to-school LUNCH BOX HACKS, click here.

lunch box notes for kids - The Everyday Mom Life

lunch box notes for kids - The Everyday Mom Life


  1. Aww, these are so cute! I don’t have kids but I should print them out to put them in my husband’s lunch box haha. I used to love when my mom put notes in my lunch . . . it’s really a mood booster!

  2. These are so fun! I should really start putting more effort into my son’s lunch box and add little notes every once in awhile. I’m sure it would be a nice surprise for him.

  3. I think these are great. I’m going to save this for when my girls go back to school. They usually eat school lunch, but sometimes eat home lunch when they don’t like what’s for school lunch. These are going to be great for them.

  4. These are precious. And such an awesome idea. And not just for kids…I’m sure adults would appreciate a surprise note in their lunch sometimes too.

  5. Aw this was my favorite thing about bringing my lunch to school! These notes are so cute and always made me smile when I was a kid!

  6. Oh my, these are the absolute sweetest notes. Can I go back in time, send this post to my mom and get her to put them in my lunchbox. Although I used to make my own lunches so I could probably print them for myself lol. I love printables that make you smile. These are precious.

  7. These are some of the cutest I have seen! But, I can only find the tween ones to download. Are the early elementary ones still available? Thanks!

  8. These are perfect. Lunch box notes are one of the main things that taught my daughter to read. She was so motivated to read what I had put in them! She would have loved these.

  9. I love these little notes so much! I swore when I had kids I would be the Mom that packed notes like this and then life got in the way. I need to start before my oldest gets any older.

  10. Such a cute idea. My mom used to hand write notes in my lunch it looking back it meant so much to me. This is a great idea!

  11. I wish my kids still appreciated lunch box notes — they outgrew them. I tried sending some with my youngest in grade 4 and he was over it. Then the middle schooler was like so “not impressed” and now the teen is a senior so that’s a no go. I will have to share these with my sister though, I bet my niece would SO appreciate these adorable lunch box notes.

  12. How do you download this? I subscribed, got the password, and it doesn’t open up the community? Any tips? Would love to download these for my little one starting KG in a few weeks.


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