Printable Kids Lunch Jokes and Brain Teasers

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I want my kids to be reminded that I love them while they are away at school, and stashing a lunch joke in their lunch is my favorite way to do so.

This is just ONE installment of all of the lunch jokes on my site. Not only do I have a batch of lunch jokes, but also brain teasers for an older group. {This post was first published in August 2013} 2 years ago I introduced the first set of lunch jokes, and they were so popular with readers as well as my kids,  so I made many more sets. I even mades sets with holiday themes throughout the year!  It was something that I wanted to do for my kids that I though others might enjoy, too.  At the bottom of the post,  you’ll find the link for these, and to my past post with over 100 printables of more lunch jokes to last you throughout the year!

Printable Kids Lunch Jokes and Brain Teasers

It all started when I wanted to do more than just put a little note in my kids school lunches….


I wanted them to:

a) know I love them and was thinking of them (just putting anything in there does that)

b) put a smile on their face from mom

c) share something fun with their friends at the lunch table

This first set I’m sharing today can really be for any age, but geared towards the younger elementary school crowd. I’ll still cut them up for my middle schooler, though. Click on the jokes to download, or there are links at the bottom.


The second set is a bit trickier, I call them brain teasers. They are aimed for the middle school (or even high school) age group, but it would still be a fun challenge for the younger crowd (and the answer IS on the back).

lunch_brain_teasersI simply print, cut, and each morning when I place them in their lunches, I sign, “love, mom.” If I need to add something specific that day, I’ll do it then.


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For each set, there are two pages, one for the front and one for the back. You would ideally print on front and back from your printer.  They are lined up so that the answers are on the back of the question. If you don’t have a duplex option to flip the print and the printer feeds it through, you just have to line up the paper so it prints the right!  When I couldn’t figure out my printer to do duplex printing, I have printed them before not double sided and just cut ’em and taped ’em together. No biggie!  I personally will print 3 copies of each page (for my 3 kids), cut them up and put them in the drawer in the kitchen with the ziploc bags that I use for school lunch making. That way, they are all ready to go each morning. I’ve actually gone to visit them at lunch and get to see them pull out their joke, and share it with their friends. It’s fun. Their friends start to look forward to it, too!

brain teasersHope you and your kids love them as much as we do!  Click on the links below to download the printables.

Here is a quick sampling of just SOME of the lunch jokes.

free printable lunch jokes on Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke

 10 New Lunch Jokes

10 Brain Teasers

Old post with over 100 lunch jokes

including holidays throughout the year

HalloweenThanksgivingChristmasValentines DaySpring & Easter


So are you going to do it? Print out some jokes for your kids lunches? I’d love if you Pin It so others can benefit, too!

If you love lunch jokes, see some of the others I’ve shared in the past: CLICK HERE TO SEE ALL OF THEM!

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Brain Teasers // Easter Jokes // All Occasion School Jokes // Christmas Jokes // Valentine’s Jokes

Join The Discussion



  1. Mique says:

    These are so fun Kristen! My kids would love them. I’ll have to get on it and print some up. xo

  2. I love this idea! I loved getting notes in my lunch!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      We always bought lunch, so I never got ’em.

  3. Such a fun idea! When one of my son’s was on his mission my youngest daughter would include a joke for him in her weekly letter to him. He loved it!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      I love that idea–will have to remember that. I loved writing my brothers on their missions and putting stickers all over the envelopes.

  4. These are so fun, Kristen. Just pinned!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      THank you, and Thanks for sharing!!

  5. I love, love, LOVE this! Am printing out and using this year, thank you!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      You’re welcome! I’m happy to hear you love it;)

  6. I just printed the first set and they’re going in the lunchbox today!! Thanks Kristen, Jordan is gonna LOVE these. 🙂

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Yay, I’m so happy to hear that, Dorothy!!

  7. LMB says:

    I followed the old link for the 100 lunch notes. Some of the PDFs came up blank. I tried reloading, but they were still blank. I just thought you should know. Thanks for doing all the hard work!

  8. These are great!! I love the idea of leaving a joke or brain teaser in my kiddos lunches!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks, Jocelyn, I love that my kids still love them going on the third year!

  9. I’ve been printing your jokes off for several years and just came by hoping you’d made some new ones for this year. Yay, you did! My kiddos start tomorrow, so I’m printing these off so they can start the year with new ones, then I’ll recycle old ones.
    Thanks so much!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      yay, this makes me so happy to hear…enjoy!!! I plan to have more in the fall for the older group!

  10. This is such a great idea! I used to try to come up with something to put in my son’s lunch box every day, but couldn’t come up with something original on an every day basis. You just made my morning easier!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      wonderful, I’m so happy to hear that…it really does help to plan ahead a little, the morning rush is crazy! I barely get the chance to sign my nam!

  11. These are so cute! I always used to put notes in the kids lunch boxes, but my youngest is now in middle school and he would die of embarrassment if I sent one to school with him. I leave them with his breakfast in the morning and if I don’t leave him a note he calls me at work and asks me why I forgot! It is a great tradition.
    I found you through the Whipperberry Friday Flair Link Party where I am also partying, would love it if you’d stop by too.
    Hugs, antonella 🙂

  12. My second grader would LOVE these! Thanks for sharing Kristen!

  13. Claudia says:

    Thank you so much for all your wonderful jokes. They are so much fun and a phantastic idea! I am a grandmother by now so no lunch boxes to pack any more but I will print them out and pop them into the Christmas gifts when we all get together at Christmas and I know we will have lots of fun reading them out loud. Thank you very very much for sharing. Greetings from Germany

  14. I love this idea! My mom always wrote on our napkins, but we just threw them away. This would be fun to save! Thanks for sharing!

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  15. So fun! My kiddos would love these!

  16. Ginger says:

    Oh my goodness! This is so fun! My kiddos would LOVE this. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  17. My kids used to love printable lunch box jokes! I miss those days!

  18. Popping over from The Jenny Evolution. Thanks for sharing these great lunch box jokes. My kids love them!

  19. Randi B says:

    Thank you so much! My 4th grader absolutely LOVES getting these in his lunches!

  20. shan says:

    Thank you so much!!! My kids love jokes and they especially love getting them in their lunches. These are awesome!

  21. Lori says:

    Thank you! My son loves getting riddles and jokes in his lunchbox and these are so much easier than trying to think one up each morning 🙂

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  23. Coleen says:

    Thank you for these! We’re having a big party tomorrow and we’re going to hide jokes inside the balloons. At the end of the party the kids will get to pop the balloons and share the jokes.

  24. Mackenzie Welker says:

    Thanks for doing these! My first just started full day kindergarten and it has been a not so fun adjustment for her. She is super smart but doesn’t like how long the school day is/ how short her family fun time in the evening is. Hopefully this will help cheer her up and start enjoying it more.

  25. Thanks for sharing these! My kids love getting joke cards in their lunches!

  26. Thank you Kristen that create the creative idea for kids I will try myself for my kids.

  27. JaneEllen says:

    Thanks for these wonderful lunch box notes. Am printing them out for our 17 yr. old very hard working delightful grand daughter.
    Want her to knw how special she is to us.
    Happy weekend

  28. Carrie Wood says:

    Thank you! My kids love these! I printed all of them!

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  30. tina says:

    thisis so cool!
    thanks so much
    my kids and i love all the lunch box jokes

  31. Great post, very well written brain teasers.


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