As excited as mom may be for the first day of school , chances are tots are a mixed bag of eager anticipation and nerves. Before posing them for their annual back-to-school photo, pack them a lunch that reminds them that mom's thinking about them throughout the day. Lunch box notes  are great throughout the year, but it's easy to add a special touch to that very first lunch of the year. We've rounded up 11 fun ways to surprise them when they open their lunch sack on that very first day. Check them out!
A plastic bag or reusable box/bag is a the perfect way to store your lil one's lunch, but why not take it one step further with Little Lovely's free first day of school printable ? Simply download the PDF, print, and wrap your tot's scrumptious sandwich in the adorable wrap.
Finger Spork Fun
We know, we know . . . you always taught them not to eat with their hands. But Accoutrements' Finger Sporks  ($6) are just too much fun to ignore.
Who says special utensils  ($12/24) have to be reserved for birthday parties? Swap out your basic plastic spoon and fork for colorful chevron utensils instead.
Kids need a lil taste of sweet before returning to class, and these back-to-school cookies  do the trick. Using cookie cutters already in her cupboard, Sugarbelle shaped the cookies into school supplies all kids can recognize!
Good Luck Smartie Pants Treat
For slightly older tots, a little reassurance around lunch time is never a bad thing! Beth Proudfoot's free Good Luck Smartie Pants printable  is the perfect addition to the lunch box with it's sweet words of encouragement and tasty mid-day treat!
If your lil one can't keep his hands still, these Origami Napkins  ($8) may be just the thing to keep him busy during the lunch hour. Each napkin has folding instructions printed right on it to help tots create the fun pieces.
Color Your Own Snack Ditty
Sending an eco-friendly/zero-waste lunch? Eco-Ditty's Color Your Own Snack Ditty  ($14) can be drawn on again, and again, so a personal note can make its way into the lunch, without creating any extra trash!
Donut Be Sad!
Card Song's set of mini notecards  ($4) give new meaning to the term "comfort food!"
Add a sweet touch to the end of lil one's lunches with these back-to-school "pencils"  that really consist of a pack of Rolos and a Hershey Kiss.
Bento boxes are still going strong in the lunch room, but Lia Chen's back-to-school bus version  isn't quite as complex as many of the other ones we've seen. Her step-by-step instructions make it the perfect way to celebrate the first day back!
If your lil one is a bookworm, you'll want to download One Charming Party's Lunchbox Printable . The free download is an easy way to celebrate the big day!