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.

Early AM Art

We are totally inspired by the charming napkin art—from birthdays to holidays to visits from the tooth fairy and more—that Cathe from Just Something I Made has been slipping into her kids’ lunchboxes for years. It’s easy to do the same for your kids, and you don’t have to be an artist to make it special—all you need is a little extra time.

photo: Cathe Holden via Just Something I Made

 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