Back to School can be fun an exciting for kids and parents. Of course, not all are ready to make the transition back to school. There are some things you can do to make this time of year FUN for your kids! Here are ten ideas you can do celebrate the time of year.
1. Have One Last Blast of Summer Party. Invited friends and family over and get outside. Have ice cream, frozen treats and enjoy the end of summer.
2. Make notes for lunches / pack a special treat. Sometimes it is hard to let go of mom. Sending encouraging notes in your child’s lunch box can be just what they need to get through the rest of the day.
3. Have a special back to school breakfast. On the first day of classes, make breakfast extra special. Make your child’s favorite breakfast, make a fun place settings to mark the day.
4. Take a photo. We’ve take pictures of our kids on the first day of school, just like most. However, why not let your kids take a picture of YOU!? They will love the chance to capture mom or dad on this occasion too.
5. Create a countdown board. Use posterboard and staple papers with numbers on them. Each day, let your kids pull off the prior day’s number. When it gets to zero, have a fun treat to give to them.
6. Have the Back-To-School Fairy pay your kids a visit. My son’s kindergarten teacher did this last year and it was just so cute! She sent home a note from the back to school fairy which was filled with words of encouragement. A couple of nights before school started, we snuck into his room and left the note on his beside table and sprinkled confetti under his pillow to show that she stopped by to see him. He was so excited when he woke in the morning and saw that she had been there. You could swap the note with a small trinket or toy instead.
7. Measure your kids. We use the inside of our basement door for this fun idea. Throughout the year, we measure each of our kids and mark the date. We try to do this on special occasions like birthdays and holidays — but it is just as fun to kick off the school year this way too. The kids can then measure themselves on the last day of school and see how much they grew during the school year.
8. Break the Rules. Why not let your kids break some of your rules. Maybe they could have junkfood for breakfast? Perhaps they want to stay up 30 minutes later. It’s just one day where they can decide what it is that they want to do. When we do this with our kids, their faces light up!
9. Have a special snack waiting. When your kids get home from that first day of school, have a special snack waiting. That might mean cookies and milk or even stopping by your favorite ice cream parlor for s scoop. Anything like this can make the day more fun!
10. Painted Hands. Along with the measurements, why not get your child’s handprints etched in…..well…..paint! Take a black piece of paper and then paint your child’s palms white. Have them press down to leave a mark. You’ll be able to watch your child grow each year through handprints too!
What do you do to mark Back to School each year?