If you have kids who are home every day in the summer, right about now you are gazing at the calendar, willing school to start as soon as possible. I mean, how many camps, games and crafts can one parent plan, prep and supervise?! Well, no worries, school is just around the corner. Pretty soon you’ll be missing your kiddos during the day. And I have the perfect way to let them know you are thinking of them during the school day- these creative lunch box note ideas!
I made all of these lunch box notes with the Silhouette Cameo. You can still use these ideas if you are cutting shapes by hand but boy, the Cameo makes it easy.
Step 1. Decide on a theme for your notes. I chose three to show you but this will largely depend on your child’s age and interests. I did fruit, veggies and wild animals. Here are a few other ideas (please add your ideas in the comments!): super heroes, movies, outdoor activities, sports, upcoming vacations/trips, holidays, basic shapes/colors, favorite hobbies, dinosaurs.
Step 2. Once you’ve cut the layers for the shape, adhere the pieces with a double-sided tape runner.
Tip: When cutting multi-layered designs with the Silhouette Cameo, it is much easier to precut pieces of paper in the colors you want for each layer. Then you lay them out on the cutting mat (as seen in the photo) so you can cut all the layers in one pass. It will make your life easier, trust me. Step 3. This is the best part – deciding what to say in your note! I have some tips to help you with that.
1. Search an idea related to the object you’ve cut out.
2. Choose a concrete measurement or fact about that object.
3. Search for a relatable comparison.
For example, if you search apple facts for kids, you might learn that the largest apple ever picked was three pounds. But that unit of measurement doesn’t mean much to kids. So your next step is to search for examples of things that weigh three pounds. I picked one that a lot of kids can relate to – a human brain!
Animal facts are great for an educational note! Kids love animals and there are so many animals to choose form, you’ll have note ideas for days and days. National Geographic has great animal facts for kids.
Lunch box note ideas #2: Jokes or puns. I had a good giggle searching online for vegetable puns. I definitely recommend this idea, though you have to really look for age appropriate puns. Puns are difficult for younger kids to grasp so I find this idea to be best with older elementary kiddos.
Lunch box note ideas #3: Remind your kids exactly why they are special. “I love you” notes are great but take it a step further by calling out exactly what you love about your child. Their sense of humor, compassion, the kindness they showed someone that week, the way they help with the pet, etc.
What kinds of notes do you think your child would like? Share your lunch box note ideas in the comments below!
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Katie is the creative mind behind lemonjitters.com, a blog dedicated to all things crafty. Her interests are ever-changing and currently include: kitschy kitchen timers, digital design, eating lots of chocolate and paper crafting.