4 Easy LunchBox Ideas To Make Your Kiddo Smile

As you probably know, we love our bento box recipes but bento boxes often require varied ingredients and they can take some time to make (sometimes).

In other words, they’re not ideal for those mornings when we’re just coming off a holiday break and mom isn’t quite ready for the school day routine.

But a fun lunch often means an empty lunchbox so what’s a mom to do? I’ve come up with 3 easy ways to make the Lunch Box fun without a ton of effort from mom. 

girl eating chocolate pudding

Free Printable Lunchbox Notes

As a kid, I remember finding notes in my lunchbox the highlight of my day. I whipped up these really easy and fun printable lunchbox notes in just a few minutes on Picmonkey.

free printable lunch box notes

I like that I can always write a personalized note or reminder on the back too. You can download these printable lunchbox notes for free. (just right click and save!)

Sneak in Their Favorite Treat

Every kid has that one special snack that makes them smile in delight. I’ve never met a kid who doesn’t smile at a Snack Pack.

What’s not to love? It’s a simple, wholesome snack that comes in fun flavors too. 

snack pack lunch

Sandwich Bag Drawings

I’m not quite as cool as this dad but it’s so easy and quick to draw a few hearts, a beachy setting or even silly puppy dog to put a smile on her face.

cute  sandwich bag drawing

Luckily she hasn’t figured out that mom is no artist yet because she continually asks me to do it again and again. 

Use Sandwich Cutters

It’s super quick and easy to use sandwich cutters (like big cookie cutters) to add that special something to your sandwich. No creative skills necessary – just make the sandwich as usual and press down.

sandwich cutters

Bonus – the cutoff  “scraps” can be your morning snack – lol!

Do you have more free printables I can download for my child?

Yes, we do! I love creating free printables for children of all ages. Some are educational and some just just plain for fun.

You can see them all in my Free Printables section of the blog.

Be sure to check back often as I add new free worksheets weekly! You can also subscribe to our newsletter and get an email when each is available if you prefer :)

Want to go super Kawaii?

Try this adorable Panda Onigiri Kit like I did in this Panda Onigiri Bento Box Recipe

Still can’t get enough? Check out our other Bento Box posts

28 thoughts on “4 Easy LunchBox Ideas To Make Your Kiddo Smile”

  1. Love all your lunch box ideas! My daughter decided she wanted to eat lunch at school this year so we let her do that. She has been asking to take lunch now so I need all kinds of ideas.

  2. Having pudding for lunch would make me smile too. It reminds me of the days when my mom would make her homemade pudding for dessert and I would wait patiently for her to cook it on the stove and then chill it. Time never passed quick enough. lol

  3. We sometimes slip in some Valentine cards in the boxes. They think it’s sweet to get them not on the actual day, but throughout the year too. And, yes. We pack those snack packs as well :)

  4. I used to slip notes into my kids lunches when they were younger. I never thought to write on the sandwich bags. Great idea.

  5. My kids love snack packs! They got lunch at school for several years now, but the idea of opening up a lunch to find something cute or a note is so nice!


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