You don’t have to be brilliant with a bento box to make your kids’ lunchtime extra special—a sweet note can work just as well. From secret scratch-off messages to tasty treats, here are 12 cute ways to make the midday meal magnificent. Flip through the gallery to take a peek.

For the Cheeky Tots

Not that your smartie pants needs another reminder about how clever they are, but these candied trousers are such a snug fit for all their hard work. Grab a few Smartie sweets and some construction paper for this no-fuss lunchbox surprise. See what other color jeans you can make over at The Muddy Princess. 

photo: The Muddy Princess

 What kind of special treats have you slipped into your child’s lunchbox to make his or her day? Let us know in the Comments below! 

— Gabby Cullen & Christal Yuen