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.

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Tailor make this elementary treat for your tot's back to school days with his or her favorite candy. Get the ruler and tag printable from Bloom Designs' Facebook page. You'll need to “Like” their page to access the printable (and many more free ones!). Psst—for a realistic effect, opt for flat, rectangular candy bars.

photo: Bloom Designs

 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