It’s back to school next week here in Orlando. My two small grand kids are both nervous and excited to start school. We took my grand-daughter to new student orientation the other day, and she spent 30 minutes taking deep breaths, slowly exhaling, and squeezing my hand. My grand-son doesn’t say much about it, so I know he’s a little nervous about meeting his new teacher. Neither of my grand kids will eat cafeteria lunches, so I made a few lunchbox notes to put in their lunch boxes. I hope these notes will help ease their worries during the first week of school. Click here to download my 6 Back to School Lunchbox Notes.
Normally, I wouldn’t take the time to design and assemble these notes. I’m the kind of person who will write a short note and tuck it in a pocket or drop it in a backpack. I might write on some of their things with a neon colored pen. They both know it’s me. This year I thought I might do something a little different. I thought a little color and a few graphics might make the week go a little easier for them.
How to make personalized back to school lunchbox notes
- Pick a graphics application. I designed these 6 lunchbox notes using PicMonkey.
- Select a size the for the notes. Make sure each note is about the same size, then create and save each note separately. Select colors, images, and fonts using the options in PicMonkey or select the “Use your own” option. I used a combination of both PicMonkey overlays and my own images and fonts.
- Once the notes are finished, create a two column table in Word. Setup the margins to allow for the most space and size each note to fit in the 6 presized table cells (to presize the cells, highlight table and select distribute columns evenly). Add a blank row between each row of notes to allow room for cutting.
- Save the Word file as PDF and upload it to your blog as a media file.
- When the printable is finished, you only need to print in color and cut out the notes.
I can’t wait to see how my grand kids react when they find these notes in their lunchbox!
What do you do to help your kids reduce anxiety during the first week of school?
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