Lunchtime notes started in our house when Jackson (my oldest) was in pre-school. I would doodle a little smily face on his snack pack and send him on his way. I wasn’t always very creative with what he was eating (he had the same thing most days) but my notes were creative and I did put effort into them. I loved the idea that he felt special because I remember when my mom used to do this for me.
Now, some people see this and think there’s no way they have time for this… I get it, morning school routines are often crazy. But y’all this is totally achievable and easy to prep for. The key with lunchtime notes, is making them ahead of time and in bulk! If you’ve read my post about getting organized for school lunches then you know I prep the boys lunches on Sunday afternoon. When I put the pretzels in baggies or add the juice boxes to the fridge that’s when I do my lunchtime notes too. I keep them stacked in the lunchtime box along with everything else and then I add them to their lunch box when I pack them up in the morning. I timed it yesterday when I made these… all ten notes (that’s one-note per elementary boy (the middle schooler prefers actual notes, not napkins and definitely not of friendly dinosaurs) for the school week) took me fifteen minutes.
Fifteen minutes guys! Fifteen minutes and I was getting artistic and crazy with my markers. If all you did was just write them a sweet message you could have your lunchtime notes ready in a few minutes.
You know what, I know that there are times where you can barely get the lunch together let alone add something extra. But there will be other times when you’ve got a little extra wiggle room… those are the times for something fun like this to make the kiddos feel loved.