We’ve been hard at work rounding up some of the absolute coolest back to school gear for the season, like unicorn school supplies, crazy cheap preschooler gear, fun space-themed supplies, with tons more still coming. And now we’ve found a great selection of motivational back-to-school printables for kids, to help lend a little word of encouragement and brighten the day of a student in your life.

Plus, they’re almost all free!

After all your school shopping, that might brighten up your own day too.

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Free printable bookmarks at top | Somewhat Simple

Related: More of the coolest back to school printables: Lunch notes, planners, labels and more


Back to school printables: Free Lovely Lunch Note Printables | Tiny Me

We’ve featured these adorable free printable lunch notes from TinyMe in years past, and we can’t help including them again. The design is on point, and the messages are well, just lovely.


Back to school printables: Free Encouraging Lunch Note Printables | Kleinworth & Co

Georgette recently shared some fantastic ideas for helping kids cope with back to school anxiety that’s a must-read for parents of kids struggling with this. If you have an older kid who could use a little inspiration, try these Encouraging Lunch Note Printables from Kleinworth & Co that remind our kids they’re all we think they are, and more.

Back to school printables: Free Lunchbox Printables | Simple Everyday Mom

For little kids who appreciate a good animal pun, check out these sweet free printable lunch notes from Simple Everyday Mom that add some charm and cheer to any lunchbox. Awww.

Free printable motivational lunch notes for kids, especially tweens and older kids | kiki & co for whipperberry

We found these cute free printable motivational lunch notes for kids a few years back from Kiki & Co for Whipperberry, and they’re just as relevant today. The designs are especially perfect for older kids who may feel too “mature” for lunch box notes, but deep down, love a little note of encouragement from Mom or Dad.

Printable lunch notes from Designer Daddy: in full color, or color-your-own | mompicksprod.wpengine.com

We are all big fans of blogger Brent Almond, a.k.a. Designer Daddy, whose printable lunchbox notes to his own children became so popular, he set up an Etsy shop to make them available to everyone. This week, he’s adding new designs inspired by the 2017 summer movies our kids love (shown here) as well as a set of favorite superheroes. If you subscribe to Designer Daddy, you can get this set of 4 fun lunch notes free. (We’d do it just for Wonder Woman, frankly.) Or spend a few bucks to get the full-color printables, or a sheet of color-your-own in black and white.


Back to school printables: Rainbow Lunch Note Printables | Pink Rainbow Designs

Printable motivational superhero lunch notes on Etsy

I tend to look for free printable lunch notes since new back-to-school gear can add up, but these printable motivational rainbow lunch notes and printable motivational superhero lunch notes from Pink Rainbow Designs on Etsy are totally worth the 5 bucks it costs to get 20 of them, IMHO. So much happy for so little — and hey, you’re supporting a small indie designer too.


Back to school printables: Free Printable Bookmarks at Somewhat Simple

The folks from subscription box company Moomookachoo clearly knows their YA, having created a series of 3 free printable motivational bookmarks with quotes from children’s books for the site Somewhat Simple. We adore everything in this stack — and that Wonder quote is A+++.

Back to school printables: Lunchbox Notes Printables | VonnLou Designs

Unicorns are still totally on-trend (come on, will flying horses ever be stop being cool?) so I was instantly drawn to these whimsical Lunchbox Notes Printables from VonnLou Designs. For a cool $5 , you can download these professional looking notes that would cost way more at a favorite paper store, then just print to send out some magical vibes with that sandwich.

Related: 26 of the coolest unicorn supplies to bring magic to the day. 


Back to school printables: Free "You Rule!" Printables | Thirty Handmade Days

For a first day back to school — or heck, the fiftieth — it’s sweet to send the kids off with a special treat marked with a special message. Doesn’t get any more affirming than these handy free “You Rule!” back to school snack printable at Thirty Handmade Days. Because sometimes that’s all kids need (although they probably won’t mind the yummy trail mix, either).


Back to school printable: Free Harry Potter Lunch Note Printables | The Quiet Grove

Inside jokes abound in these free printable motivational Harry Potter lunch notes from The Quiet Grove featuring chibi style illustrations of everyone’s favorite Hogwarts residents. (Well, and their favorite archvillain.) Any fan of the series will love reading them and sharing with a wizard-loving friend at their lunch table. What’s also cool is that she offers a set of fill-in-the blank notes, should you have your own Hermione or Hagrid pun in mind that will resonate with your kid.



Related: 16 adorable free printable lunchbox notes, from Minecraft to Star Wars to fill-in-the-blank

Back to school printables: Free Printable Lunch Notes | 100 Layer Cake-let

These free fill-in-the blank printable lunch notes at 100 Layer Cakelet may fit the bill best of all  if you want to motivate your kids: The blank space lets you write in your own message, whether you want to call them by a special nickname or just remind how strong they’ll be when they eat their veggies.