Ever since K went to pre-school (10 years ago!), i have been tucking little love notes into lunchboxes. There's almost always a joke, riddle or silly made up poem inside, but i have found ways to get creative, that i thought i would share with you. NO, you don't have to be an artist. K and R have graduated from Mom's little messages for the most part ( i wouldn't want to embarass them...that would be so not cool ), but they do allow me to get creative for holidays and special occasions. For the most part, it's just G, that is on the receiving end of these little notes. His friends at the lunch table have come to expect it and wait patiently for his daily joke. I never said he needed to, but it warms my heart that he saves them all and keeps them in a zipped pocket of his backpack. That...is...cute.
Some ideas for you:
- write your joke or message on a paper airplane...you can use a small piece of paper so that it won't get squished in the bag
- write a silly little poem like: Roses are red, violets are blue, when you come home, i'll have a special snack for you!
- surprise your kid by having Dad or a sibling write the message every once in a while
tuck a few m&m's or skittles inside a folded note
Let them know how many days are left until...their birthday, Christmas, summer break, etc...
fold the note like you did in jr. high or high school...don't remember how?...ask a teenager!
write in code...(ok, this one may take a little more prep time, but work it out and supply the code with the message)
This is my favorite joke book for kids that i have been using and recycling jokes from for the past 8 years.
Here are a few that were a hit with G:
- Why was the car embarassed?.....It had gas!
- What city do sharks come from?....Shark-ago!
- What do good students eat their burgers on?....Honor rolls!
- How can you keep cool at the ballpark?....Sit by a fan!
- Why did the shark spit the clown out?...He tasted funny!
- What do you call a pickle that draws?...a dillistrator!!! (my personal fave)
I have doodled a few little lunchbox notes for you to download for free. Click here or click on the free downloads for you button to the left. Just print, cut, add your message and tuck in your favorite kid's lunch. It was so much fun making these, i think i may have to make more and add to the downloads periodically. Enjoy!