The countdown to Valentine's Day  is on — and one of the things Mom can do to celebrate this love-filled day is make a special lunch for her tot. Whether you're packing a lunch box  or serving your little one at home, these 18 sweet Valentine's Day lunch ideas will have your kiddo head over heels by lunchtime!
Valentine's Day Pizza Lunch
A slice of love! Heart-shaped pepperoni — cut using small cookie cutters — are the perfect topping for a Valentine's Day pizza .
Cross My Heart Sandwich
A special heart-shaped sandwich cutter  turns any ol' sandwich into a delightful array of heart pieces and can be used to spread the love all year long.
A sandwich is more than just a sandwich when it is also a game! This Valentine's Day-themed tic-tac-toe sandwich  becomes fun with the addition of nori for the lines, Asiago cheese colored with a red food-safe marker for the hearts, and cheese for the Xs and Os.
It's a truly simple gesture, but these heart-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwiches  are an easy way to add a little love to their lunch boxes.
Jelly and Toast
Great for lunch or as an after-school snack! Heart-shaped toast  and a little jelly or jam are an easy — and perfectly lovely — Valentine's Day lunch idea.
Grilled Cheese Hearts and Tomato Soup
If the Valentine's Day forecast is anything like today, a cup (or thermos) of warm soup could be perfect! So why not top it off with a heart-shaped grilled cheese  to celebrate the holiday?
Breakfast For Lunch
For the kiddo who prefers breakfast over lunch, prepare a sweet meal they won't be able to resist. Heart-shaped pancakes, heart-shaped fruit, and strawberry yogurt make for a delicious breakfast-for-lunch  lunch box idea!
A Hugs-and-Kisses Lunch
It's a hugs-and-kisses lunch affair  with this kiss-shaped peanut butter and jelly sandwich, some tortillas, and a wedge of apple (those little wedges of cheese in red wax would work, too!).
Anything that can be cut into hearts, should! This list includes fruit, cheese, and whatever else is soft enough — the world's your heart-shaped oyster!
Fried Ravioli Hearts
Yum! These fried ravioli hearts  are a tasty indulgence on Valentine's Day — or any day of the week!
Heart-shaped sandwich cutters — which you can purchase at your local grocery store — can turn your tot's everyday lunch into something a bit sweeter  to fit the occasion. Halved strawberries — which look like hearts — and a heart-shaped muffin wrapper filled with heart-shaped candies make perfect sides for the main course!
Heart-Shaped Wedge Salad With Bacon Hearts
Hearts upon hearts upon hearts! This heart-shaped wedge salad with bacon hearts  is a crisp way to say I love you!
Be Mine: Valentine's Day Lunch Box Idea
Fruit kebabs  — made using plastic cupcake heart picks — and a sandwich with a heart stamp make a lovely Valentine's Day lunch box idea — and nutritious, too!
This love-filled lunch  features heart-shaped sandwiches, fruit, and chips!
A Love-Filled Lunch Box
Bento boxes continue to be all the rage — and why not? When they're filled with heart-shaped and love-themed sandwiches and fruit, the kids will love them!
Heart-Shaped Pitas With Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Whether served as an afternoon snack or as lunch itself, these heart-shaped pita chips with roasted red pepper hummus  will satisfy hungry bellies.
Message in a Sandwich
Put all of those cookie cutters in your cabinet to use with a trio of "I heart u" sandwiches  that will fill your tot's heart — and belly! — with joy when she opens her lunch box on Valentine's Day.
Send your love via a sweet Valentine's Day-themed note in your tot's lunch with Chickabug's free printable notes .