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.

An Applicious Treat

Give your kids a giggle with this visual worm in my apple pun. Use Apple Jacks (for multiple funny points) or a healthier cereal alternative (Cheerios) that let you string together a grainy worm through your love note. Head over to One Charming Party to print out the bookworm pdf.

photo: Nicole Hill Gerulat via One Charming Party

 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