We love holiday traditions, and going back to school can now be added to that list of celebrations. Here’s a list of traditions you can start with your family to help ease back into school schedules.
- Making a first day of school banner with your kids: Creating art is always a fun activity to do with your kids, so making a back-to-school banner is the perfect way to get them excited for their first day! You can write the grade they are going into and let them loose to color and decorate it however they want.
- Make a back-to-school countdown: Kids can’t stop asking how many more days until school? Make a countdown using sticky notes or a chalkboard you have around the house. Not only is it fun for the kids to peel or mark off each day, but they may also stop asking!
- School year binder that you fill out at the beginning of every year: A fun way to remember and look back on old artwork and schoolwork is to keep a binder for each child and store away all their work over the years in it!
- Back-to-school dinner: The night before the first day can be scary for kids. Something as simple as planning a special dinner for them can help take away the nerves, such as going out to their favorite restaurant or making their favorite dinner.
- Back-to-school outfit shopping: A classic tradition for going back to school is finding the perfect outfit to wear. Make it fun by taking your child with you and let them help pick out their outfits. And maybe even stop for a nice summer treat on the way home.
- School supply scavenger hunt: Taking your kids with you to go school supply shopping can be stressful. Instead of doing that, buy their supplies and make it a surprise. Hide their supplies around the house and create a surprise scavenger hunt for them to find all the items!
- Back-to-school time capsule: Put photos from the first day of school into a time capsule with some of your children’s favorite things, such as a picture of a favorite animal or drawings they made. Add to the time capsule each year on the first day of school, and let your kids open it when they graduate high school!
- Make a gift for your child’s teacher: Parents and kids are preparing for the first day, and so are the teachers! Giving the teacher a gift on the first day can make their day. Two ideas are a gift card for coffee or a mug filled with snacks for them to enjoy.
- Make a morning checklist: First day of school mornings can be crazy. Something as simple as making a checklist for the morning and following it can make the morning so much easier.
- Collect letters from loved ones: The first day of school can make children very nervous. Try collecting good luck letters from loved ones that your children can carry with them on the first day of school!
- Back-to-school breakfast: Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Make it fun by serving their favorite breakfast or taking them out for doughnuts before school!
- First day of school photo: And finally a classic tradition – taking a back-to-school photo on the first day! You can use a sign and write whatever you want on it.
Do you have any back-to-school tradition not on this list? We want to know, so share your traditions with us!