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.

Classic Chalk

Go old school and send notes of encouragement with a metal lunchbox and chalk paint. We love how Carla over at Classic Play created an attachable message board, rather than painting on the box itself. Find out how to make your own over at Classic Play.

photo: Carla Wiking via Classic Play

 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