Lunch Notes for Kids – Free Printable Lunchbox Notes

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Lunch notes for kids have been around since I was a little girl. My Mom used to order them through her Current catalog and man did they make my day. I remember the feeling of excitement when I opened my lunchbox to find a cute little Suzy Zoo character lunch note.

To some of you, printed lunchbox notes may seem a little over the top. But, trust me, they really do put a smile on a child’s face. Sometimes it’s the little things that can really brighten up a bad day for a kid. Look at me, here I am, 30 years later, and I still fondly remember the notecards my Mom left in my lunchbox.


Do I really Need A Note a Day?

Remembering to print off a note for each day can be a little overwhelming, so I find that just doing a couple of notes a week can take the pressure off.


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Hack for Storing Printable Lunchbox Notes

At the beginning of the school year, I like to print a bunch of lunchbox notes and store them in a coupon holder. You can add labels to separate the notes by child, season, holiday, etc. I always have a category for “I’m sorry notes” and “bad day” notes. 

Some days, I may have yelled a bit much in the morning or some other Mom mistake. I like to slip a note about being sorry or making a mistake to let my child know that I am sorry for my misstep. It’s important to teach our children through example by apologizing and admitting when we have made mistakes.

I keep “bad day” notes because everybody has those weeks or days when things just aren’t going their way. Kids are just like us when it comes to bad and good days. Some of my lunch notes are inspirational notes to tell them to keep their head up and stay positive or to tell them how proud I am to be their mom. 


Lunch Notes Don’t Need to be Complicated!

Handwriting a lunch note is always going to be well-received. But, finding the time to handwrite a note to one or more kids in the morning feels impossible to fit in with all of the other morning chaos. 

Printing off all of these notes is an easy way to still provide a quick hello without taking up so much time. The best way to save time in the mornings is to set aside a little bit of time to pre-print a ton of notes and cut them out. You could even sign them ahead of time (although I prefer to sign them the day before or day-of just in case I want to add an extra sentence or 2).

So let’s get to printing our lunch notes!

Lunch Notes for Kids

A special note: all of these lunch notes are totally free. But, some may require you to sign up for their e-mail list to receive them. It’s a small price to pay for free printables! If you find some great new notes, send me a link so I can add them to the list!

Just simply click on “Click to Download” to get to each set of lunchbox notes!

Generic Lunch Notes for Any Time!

Lunchbox notes that can be used for any time during the school year.

40 different note cards for all ages. There is a set for littlest ones and older kids as well.

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These lunch notes are great for every day and for days where a little extra love is needed.

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Emojis are easy for all kids to understand - no matter their age.

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These are definitely a favorite in our house - my boys love Star Wars.

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These cute animal lunchbox notes are a wonderful option for your animal-loving kid.

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I love puns - and kids do, too! These are great for all year.

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These are designed by Dawn Nicole and they're a fun, hand-drawn looking set.

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These would be great for Dr. Seuss day and for the rest of the year as well.

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These lunchbox notes are super colorful and simple.

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If your kid loves space, they'll think these are out of this world (see what I did there?)

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These fun school-themed lunch notes are full of funny puns and cute graphics.

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Aren't these the sweetest lunch notes? They look more like greeting cards!

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Inspirational Lunch Notes

These are notes that are great for bad days or weeks.

This is such a great pack with inspirational quotes to motivate your kid to keep going.

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Fall Lunchbox Notes

These notes would be great for the fall season.

Don't miss these adorable Halloween lunch notes from here at Mom Envy!

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Christmas & Winter Lunch Notes

Lunch notes perfect for the winter season.

These are a fun way to celebrate the holiday season.

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Winter lunch notes are great for children that don't celebrate Christmas but still want to celebrate the winter season.

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Don't miss this fun and colorful set of Valentine's notes. Some can also be used throughout the year.

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Spring Lunchbox Notes

These lunch notes are great for the spring season.

These cheery cards would be welcomed in any spring lunch.

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If you celebrate Easter, these sweet cards would be fun to add to lunch.

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  • My favorite paper for lunchbox notes is this cardstock paper. 
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