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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You can choose to get the kids in on the design process, or just decorate them yourself, but either way, these painted popsicle sticks are an easy way to let your little scholars know that they make the grade. Find out more over at Silly Eagle Books.

photo: Vanessa Rough via Silly Eagle Books

 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