Fun Ways to Add Love to Lunch Boxes

This is my daughter’s first year eating lunch at school. Needless to say it has been a major adjustment for both of us, namely because she thinks I am a short order cook and doesn’t understand why I am not willing to fill her lunch box with freshly baked pizza, ice-cold fruit salad and undisturbed seven-layer chocolate cake on a daily basis… in a single insulated Toy Story 3 lunch box.

There’s no way I can fulfill her lunch fantasy every day, but I can show her how much I love and miss her by adding simple surprises in her box, such as:

*Origami fortune cookies filled with my own quotes and funny messages.

*Use a cookie cutter to make dinosaur and dog shaped sandwiches.

*Sneak in leftover postcards from some of the fun places we visited this summer.

*Send crazy-shaped straws for her to drink her beverage with.

*Add a bunch of silly stickers to the bags that hold her snacks and sandwich.

*Wrap Silly Bandz around her thermos or the dessert container.

*Draw silly scenes on a napkin and place it under the snack bags.

*Add a countdown to Halloween or Christmas in the box.

*Stick Post-Its in different parts of the lunch box with riddles or jokes that can be shared with her classmates.

*Add a paper doily to the lunch box so she can use it as a fancy placemat of sorts.

*Stick in a few seashells from a recent beach trip so she can show her friends.

*Use leftover or scrap wrapping paper from Christmas or birthdays and wrap-up the lunch items.

*Cut out photos of her favorite things from magazines or newspapers.

*Add paper dolls to the lunch box. If you have a boy you could add in a pack of baseball cards.

*Write a poem expressing love and tape it to the inside flap of the lunch box.

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Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.