I am not going to lie, this was a difficult post for me to write. I may or may not have had a few tears. The past couple of weeks, the realization that my oldest will be going off to preschool for the first time has hit me hard. He has been at home with me for four and a half years. There’s going to be a lot of ugly crying on his first day.
Anyway, enough about my Mommy woes, let’s talk about some extra fun ways you can add a little magic to back to school time for your kids. Some of these are traditions while others are some things you can start at anytime. Plus, unless your kid is a senior in high school, it’s never too late to start a new tradition.
Now before we get started, I thought I’d share a little fun throwback Back to School tradition from my family. My Mom didn’t start this tradition until we are a little older. When I asked her about scanning me some pictures, I asked for the kindergarten one. It just shows you that despite not starting the tradition of putting our hand on the door knob in the same pose until later in my life, I still fondly remember it as a back to school tradition for our family. Here I am in fifth and tenth grade. My outfit in fifth grade was the absolute coolest. All of my friends were coming to me for fashion advice. (Thanks, Mom, for scanning these for me! And for purchasing me such a neat outfit. That’s a lot of different types of stripes in one outfit.) Of course, my bell bottom jeans (that I picked out myself), had bells so big you couldn’t even see my shoes. I am wondering how I got around school without tripping all day.
Looking for some more tradition fun? Check out these birthday traditions. (Can you tell that I love traditions?)
Back to School Parties
What an adorable party to host with the neighborhood kids, cousins, or friends. The paper bag theme makes decor easy. The kids meals are super simple and store-bought cookies can make dessert just as easy.
The globes add a special touch to dinner over at Life is a Party. This would be fit for older children that still enjoy a special back to school dinner that aren’t into the little kid decor.
This is another charming back to school party. The best part is they include some free party printables including a memory page. I love the Jitters Juice which is supposed to help with first day school jitters (maybe it will help my jitters, too??).
I love Hoosier Homemade’s back to school games for this simple back to school party. Just wait until you see their creative pencil party favors.
I love Catch my Party. I could honestly spend hours browsing parties thrown by other amazing Moms (and Dads). Check out this fantastic party created by Celebrate in Detail.
Back to School Breakfasts
These Waffles are too cute! What kid wouldn’t love to eat these on their first day of school? They’re the perfect size for dipping into syrup.
These apples make back-to-school a little extra special. They are even a little healthier than your average waffle (with a surprise addition).
What an easy breakfast to make for the first day of school! What kid doesn’t love doughnuts? Plus, there are easy enough that they won’t add a ton of extra stress on an already stressful morning.
Your Home Based Mom does it again with these adorable maple bar doughnuts. They’re another quick and easy breakfast that will get your kid in the mood for school.
While these aren’t shaped like a traditional school item, they are SO much fun. My boys love yogurt so this would be perfect for them. Sprinkles make everything more exciting.
Make any breakfast a little extra special with these quick, easy, and cheap apple paper plates. I don’t know about you, but I always have random colors of paper plates laying around from previous parties. I pretty sure I have some felt, too. With some leftovers, it would take just a few minutes to make these adorable plates.
Other Magical Back to School Ideas
Looking to add some cute lunchbox notes the first day (or week) of school? Check out these 40 free ready to print notes. There are even 10 for your non-readers!
What an adorable idea to give a child a bracelet to make the first day of school a little less scary. I would have loved this as a kid.
This site has two great back to school ideas to your kid excited for school. First, is a date night to go shopping for school. My son and I have planned to do this and he is so excited. I always think it’s a good idea to let kids be involved in buying their school supplies (so they can pick out what they like, can see the materials they will be using throughout the year, and to give you the opportunity to talk to them about how they’re feeling about school).
What a perfect gift from a grandparent, friend, or neighbor. It’s also super inexpensive and easy-to-make. Tonia gives you a free printable to make a quick and easy back-to-school treat.
Isn’t this so much fun? What a great way to start your child’s school year. If your like me and want to have their backpack ready the night before, then you could do the same thing but place it in a gift bag at their seat for breakfast in the morning or outside of their bedroom door.
These are so much fun. I love that she takes a simple gift of some fun school supplies and a few treats and turns them into something much more exciting with some pretty paper and tissue paper.
This a free printable back to school interview. This would be an adorable keepsake save each year.
Do you have a child that is anxious or excited about starting school? This countdown will help little ones know how many days they have left until the first day of school.
Back to School Picture Ideas
This is what I have decided to do for my boy’s back to school pictures. I am not great with handwriting (especially a chalkboard), and you all can tell by now that I love Photoshop. So I plan to use these as inspiration to do an about me for my boys on their first day of school. It will be so much fun to look back years later and see what their favorites were or what they wanted to be when they grow up.
Need a last minute sign for your kids to hold? Quickly download and print a First Day and Last Day sign over at Designs by Nicolina.
Balloons and kids always make an instantly cute picture. There is something whimsical about a child holding a balloon. This colorful balloon with the child’s grade couldn’t be a sweeter way to mark the new school year.
I have always loved this idea. Since I have a Silhouette it would be an easy project for me to complete. I was so excited to see that Christine has updated this each year so we can watch her son grow (which has made me want to do this that much more).
Oh my goodness, this is so sweet. I love seeing how much they change from one year to the next.
What I love about this is first, it’s hilarious. Second, you can change the saying year after year. It could say, “Mom, stop celebrating.” “Mom, stop embarrassing me.” All the funny kids say to you as they get older. And since it’s chalkboard, you can change it up for each child and use it for the traditional grade pictures.
This is so simple and fun. If you’ve run out of ink, no problem. Just grab some sidewalk chalk. The best part is your kids can help out, too!