Trisha, my firstborn has always been a fussy kid, when it comes to eating. I struggled a lot to feed her nutritious and sometimes even junk food, but she just wasn't interested.
I thought school would break that habit but obviously I was wrong .She came up with ingenious ways to avoid eating. When I asked her about her unfinished lunch box she would come up with the most brilliant excuses ever heard. Once she told me with her most innocent expression that her classmate decided to put her snot in her lunchbox so how could she eat it?
As she grew older she realized that I was not pleased with this not eating business so she fooled me for a couple of days by bringing a finished to the last crumbs lunch box. Later I found out that she had been throwing her food on the sly. I was infuriated. I tried everything possible from cajoling to stern (read scolding and silent treatment) methods but nothing worked.
I realized that for her eating was an incredible waste of time, which she would rather spend playing or reading. Then I came up with the idea of lunch bag notes I wrote small sentences on napkins for her and slipped them with her lunchbox I began with simple sentences like KATTY THE CAT LOVES TO SEE TRISHA EAT.
Slowly it graduated to sweet little notes, then cute limericks and later simple illustrations along with the note. I started thinking of better ideas to spice up this morning ritual and stuck her favourite stickers to the notes.
It had served two purposes she had begun eating and we were bonding. Once in a while she would ask my husband to write to her too. In her first grade she wrote her first reply to me on the same napkin and I was overjoyed. What started as a scheme to feed my reluctant child had turned into something entirely different and beautiful. Most women would agree that die hard romantics like me want romance in every thing and I had managed to start a peculiar love story with my daughter.
Since I get bored quickly, I keep looking for methods to spice up this ritual too. That is when I accidentally stumbled upon some of the lunch box notes sites, which I would like to share with my readers. They are all free and printable. All you need is a printer and sticker sheets to make your life easier. You may not have a fussy child, but nevertheless it cultivates a reading habit and also makes lunchbox and lunchtime special. Through personal experience I know that it is a warm fuzzy feeling for the kid to receive lunch notes along with lunch. It's the little things usually, that brighten our day, inspire us, and stay with us. Create little smiles from miles away by sending your kids off to school with a lunch note slipped in their lunch. Perfect for a lunch box or lunch bag — Love, fun facts, praise and inspiration is what we're all about to begin with these printable color lunch notes for kids!
You can find cute printable stickers which you can stick on the cling film covered fruits or else make an ornament and hang it with a ribbon on the fruit. Great way to encourage kids to eat fruits.
These are an assortment of cute messages which are printable and can brighten your kid’s day with adorable messages
Another collection of adorable messages to light up your kids face
These ones are simply adorable.
These are assortment of ready to print as well as editable lunch bag notes. This one is unique for, it allows you to personalize your note
These come with a message and encourage healthy eating amongst children
For slightly older kids to understand the jokes, and chuckle away the eating woes
Exclusively for the young Dora fans
Some more for the nick junior fans
Classified into four groups namely monster, princess, dinosaur and holiday…make quite an interesting lunch bag note
The eternal favourite of young and old, but right now we rather focus on the young ones
http://smartcanucks.ca/cute-free-printable-lunch-box-jokes-from-kraft-canada/ Cute illustrated jokes for that to die for toothy smile http://www.kraftfoods.com/assets/pdf/kids/LuchboxJokes_US_01_1205.pdf
More illustrated ones to tickle the funny bone
These ones are for the older kids
Food for brain too…puzzles, mazes and word searches to make eating an interesting exercise