Now that the school year is starting, you and your child are probably having a little separation anxiety -- no matter how desperately you wished summer vacation were over already back in, say, July.
One sweet way to connect with your little one during the school day is to send a lunch note. These little bits of love can be as simple as a smiley face drawn on a napkin with the words "I love you!" or as creative as a "kiss in your pocket" flip book.
Here are some other super cute lunch note ideas:
Writing on bananas. I found this idea through fellow Stir writer The Bloggess (aka Jenny Lawson, who does the Ill-Advised column). Apparently, you can lightly trace a note with a toothpick and it will show up the next day. But maybe something a little less paranoia-inducing (and hilarious) than Jenny's ideas would be more appropriate for your kid.
Gift wrap your child's sandwich. Write the note on the blank side of the paper.
Make a cootie catcher with little sayings about their day. Kids still love these!
Make paper fortune cookies; kind over matter has some really nice, free, printable ones (scroll way down for non-seasonal ones). Or you can get really fancy and bake fortune cookies at home with custom fortunes for your child.
Do the "kissing hand" ritual: Trace your hand, cut it out, and either draw a heart in the middle or leave a lipstick kiss print in the palm.
Send an inspirational quote in your own handwriting. This could be more of a keepsake than you'll ever know.
For younger kids who can't read yet, a photo of someone or something they love (of a pet or their favorite stuffed animal or blankie) would serve as a welcome reminder of home.
A small surprise (like a pencil topper or a new box of crayons) can be an exciting addition to lunch.
Don't get too caught up in making the ultimate lunch note, though. I know I treasure the memories of my mom's jotted "Have a great day!" as much as I would have the most creative, crafty idea ever. This is one of those times where the thought really does count!
What's your favorite lunch note idea?
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