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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 activities and printables for children of all ages – adults too. Some worksheets are educational and some just plain for fun.
Check out the Free Printables section of the blog and be sure to check back often as I try to add new free worksheets weekly.
We also just launched a Crafts and Printables blog dedicated to fun DIY crafts and printables for everyone.
You’ll find a variety of activities like sewing tutorials, home DIY projects, paper crafts, printable planners, educational worksheets, easy holiday crafts for kids and so much more.
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
- Sunny Day Bento Box Recipe For The First Day of School
- Say I Love You with a Turkey and Cheese Sandwich Bento
- Bento Box Mouse + Chia Berry Smoothie Recipe
- 10 Kid Friendly Bento Box Ideas Made with Cuties Oranges
- Fun with Bread: Cute Bento Box Sandwich Recipes
- Super Cute Japanese Kawaii Recipe: How to Make Onigiri
28 thoughts on “4 Easy LunchBox Ideas To Make Your Kiddo Smile”
Great lunch choices. Love the drawing idea.
I am loving all of the lunch box ideas! My boys love this pudding.
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
I just started sending notes in my son’s lunch box. I am really enjoying it.
Isa loves Snack pack’s – Pudding is one of her favorite treats!