It’s that time of year once again, back to school, which means it’s time to pack lots and lots of lunches for the kiddos! Let your kiddo know that you are thinking of them by sending a note in their lunch box. To give you some inspiration, I’ve rounded up over 40 lunch box note ideas for you to slip into those lunches when you want to let your kiddo know that you are thinking of them!

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Food Puns and Jokes

Food puns and jokes are great note ideas for lunch boxes. Imagine your kiddo opening up their lunch box, and reading one of these punny jokes. They will instantly smile and maybe even share the joke with their lunch mates. Here are some puns to get started and there are hundreds more on Pinterest.

  • What’s a vegetable’s favorite kind of joke?

A corny one.

  • Why was the fruit busy on Friday night?

It had a date.

  • What did the strawberry say to its crush?

I’m berry fond of you

  • What do you call a cow in an earthquake?

A milkshake

  • What did one slice of bread say to the other before a fight?

You’re Toast.

  • What did the bun do when its plans suddenly changed?

It rolled with it.

  • What was the math teacher’s favorite dessert?


  • What do gingerbread men use to make their beds?

A cookie sheet.

  • What is a table you can eat?

A vegetable.

  • Why did the banana go to the doctor?

Because it wasn’t peeling well.

Inspiring Quotes for Kids

Who doesn’t like to read inspiring quotes now and again? Does your kiddo have a big test or a big game coming up? Have they been down lately because they didn’t make the team? Sharing a kid-appropriate inspirational quote as a note is perfect to include in your kiddo’s lunch box to let your kiddo know that you are thinking of them!

  • Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. – Confucious
  • Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. – Theodore Roosevelt
  • Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. – Oscar Wilde
  • Why fit in when you were born to stand out? – Dr. Seuss
  • No one is perfect – that’s why pencils have erasers. – Wolfgang Riebe
  • Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why we call it ‘The Present.’ – Eleanor Roosevelt
  • You always pass failure on the way to success. – Mickey Rooney
  • Make each day your masterpiece. – John Wooden
  • We all can dance when we find music we love. – Giles Andreae
  • The more you give away, the more happy you become. – Dr. Suess
  • You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. – Christopher Robin, Winnie the Pooh
  • Be the change that you wish to see in the world. – Mahatma Gandhi
  • Fall seven times, stand up eight. – Japanese Proverb


Riddle me this! It is no secret, kids LOVE riddles! These short riddles are great note ideas for lunch boxes because they will get your kiddo thinking but they are pretty easy to solve.
1. What has hands but cannot write or wave?

A clock. 

2. What has a neck but no head and arms but no hands?

A shirt. 

3. What has a tongue but cannot talk?

A shoe. 

4. What always ends up broken before you use it?

An egg.

5. What number is odd until you take away one letter; then it becomes even?


6. There is one word spelled wrong in every English dictionary. What is it?


7. What has legs but cannot walk?

A table. 

8. What word begins and ends with the E but only has one letter?


9. What is easy to lift but hard to throw?

A feather.

10. Everyone has one, but no one can lose it. What am I?

A shadow. 

Fun Facts for Kids

  1. Most people cannot lick their elbows.
  2. You cannot sneeze with your eyes open.
  3. The Olympics used to give medals for art, not just sports.
  4. A jar of Nutella is sold every 2.5 seconds. 
  5. French fries are Belgian, not French.
  6. There are 31,557,600 seconds in a year.
  7. Your nose may not grow like Pinocchio’s, but it does get warmer when you tell a lie.
  8. Tomatoes and avocados are actually fruits, not vegetables 
  9. The number four is the only number to have the same amount of letters as its value.
  10. Every human has a unique tongue print. (Like snowflakes, no two are alike!

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