July 11, 2014

25 Fun First Day of School Traditions

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I can’t believe how fast the summer is flying by!  Before you know it will be time for Back to School again.   To help you celebrate the first day of school and make it extra special for your kids, we found…

25 FUN First Day of School Traditions!

 

25 Fun First Day of School Traditions

 

The first day of school can be a scary (and sometimes dreaded) day for some kids.  The anxiety of new teachers, new classmates, and maybe even a new school can be a lot for a little kid to deal with.  BUT there are also a lot of fun and exciting things that come with “Back to School” time.    
 

By incorporating some of these fun back to school traditions, you can help ease those first-day-of-school jitters, make some fabulous memories, AND get the school year off to a great start!

First Day of School Fun

1.  Celebrate School Year’s Eve-  We’ve ALL heard of New Year’s Eve, but have you ever celebrated School Year’s Eve?!  Why not turn the night before the first day of school into a party and give the kids a reason to celebrate?  Throwing up some decorations for a quick, impromptu back to school party is an easy way to set the mood and get the kids excited about the new school year.  

2.  Back to School Dinner Party Back to school time is ALL about making new goals, right?  And this super-dee-duper cute back to school themed goal setting dinner party is the perfect way to do just that with the whole family!  It even includes coordinating:  goal setting cards, name tag place settings, napkin rings, and fun hats for everyone to wear!  {You might also want to check out this fun “Back to School” Family Dinner Date from Blue Cricket Designs!    I’m loving her cute printable back to school shopping list for an after-dinner activity!}  

3.  Back to School Fashion Show- Getting new school clothes was always my favorite part of going back to school.  Let the kids show off their new outfits with a family “Back to School Fashion Show.”  Set up a little runway in the living room and let each of the kids take turns strutting their stuff on the catwalk.  

4.   Back to School Breakfast-  Here’s a fun first day of school tradition!  Surprise the kids with a special breakfast before school- pancakes in the shape of their new grade level.  

5.  First Day of School Interview Page-  Document all of the anticipation and excitement of the first day of school with a back to school interview!  This would be such a fun keepsake to stick into your child’s journal or scrapbook, and you can download the printable interview page for free! 

 

First Day of School Photos

6.  First Day of School Memory Page- See how much your child changes over the year with these school memory pages.  This printable keepsake makes it easy for your child to record his or her first and last day of school memories.  

7.  First Day of School PhotosThis might be the most popular back to school tradition- every year take a photo of your child on their first day of school.  These printable first day of school photo signs make the perfect photo prop!

8.  Back to School BinderHere’s a fun idea- start a “Back to School Binder” for each of your children.  Not only will it help you get organized for the new school year, but it’s also a great place to keep and store their school memories through the year AND the rest of the grades.  These back to school binder printables include sections for homework, artwork, grades, and calendars.

9.  Back to School Snack MixThis adorable “Back to School Magic Snack Mix” is quite possibly one of the cutest things I have seen.  All you have to do is attach the clever poem to a snack mix and voila- you have a sweet treat to give your kiddos.  The idea is that they eat it right before bed to help get rid of those pesky back-to-school jitters.

10.  First Day of School FairyIf your kids love the tooth fairy, they are sure to love the first day of school fairy!  If you leave the windows unlocked for her, she drops off fun school supplies and a little note of encouragement for the first day of school.  What a fun way to make the first day a little more magical for the little ones!

 

Fun Back to School Traditions

11.  First Day of School Lunchbox Love Notes- Here’s a super quick and easy idea that will make you super-mom.  Just print off these adorable lunchbox love notes and tie them onto a treat or two to tuck into their lunchbox.  

12.  Giant After-School Snack-  Here’s an idea any kid is sure to love- surprise them with a GIANT after-school snack when the walk in the door from their first day of school.  Surviving the first day can be rough, they deserve a special treat.  

13.  The Magic School Bus-  A visit from “The Magic School Bus” is a great way to get the little kids excited about a new school year!  Imagine your child’s surprise when they answer a knock on the door to find a whole bag FULL of back to school goodies!  

14.  Special First Day of School Lunch-  This cute collection of printables for your child’s lunchbox is the perfect way to make the first day of school extra special.  Included are fun tags, coupons, and treat labels to make your kiddo feel extra loved.

15.  School Supply Scavenger HuntAdd a little excitement by sending your kids on a back to school scavenger hunt in search of their new school supplies.  You have to buy them anyway, so why not turn it into a fun game?!

 

Fun First Day of School Traditions

16.  Back to School Candy Grams-  Make the first day of school extra sweet with these clever back to school candy grams using Red Hots, Airheads, Extra Gum, Starburst, Crunch and Nerds.{Oh, and while you’re at it, you have to check out this cute First Day of School Candy Poster I found on Pinterest!}

17.  School Bus Cake-Celebrate the first day of school with this cute {and delicious} school bus cake! Surprise the kids with it when they get home from school OR have fun decorating it together.  {Oh and you if have littler ones- you have to check out this other darling school bus cake I found on Pinterest!  Perfect for the younger ones.}

18.  Water Bomb the Bus-  Meet the kids at the bus stop after school and water bomb them with water balloons!  Now THIS would officially earn you the title of “Fun Mom!”

19.  Go Shopping for Study BuddiesHow darling is this back to school tradition?  Take the kids shopping for a new “study buddy” stuffed animal!  

20.  Back to School Schultutes It’s a German tradition to celebrate a child’s first day of school with a giant paper cone {called a schultüte} full of school supplies and treats.  Fun, huh?  {Check out this tutorial for how to make your own schultute!}

 

Back to School Ideas

21.  Back to School Time Capsule-  Make a back to school time capsule together on the first day of school to preserve those precious memories that seem to fly by way too fast!  Then enjoy looking through it together on the last day of school! 

22.  First Day of School Balloons- How fun would THIS be for your child to wake up to on the first day of school?!  Nothing says “celebration” quite like some streamers and balloons.  {I might have to do this fun Back to School Balloon Wall on my kiddos’ door!}

23.  Jitter GlitterIf your child is anxious and nervous for the first day of school, this “Jitter Glitter” might be the perfect thing to help calm those nerves and re-gain a little confidence.  

24.  Mother-Daughter Back to School Bracelets- These mother-daughter back to school bracelets {and the clever poem that goes with them} may be the sweetest thing ever!  Wear them while you’re apart to keep each other close at heart.

25.  Boo Hoo Breakfast for Moms- Most back-to-school traditions are for the kids, but here’s a tradition that is perfect for the MOMS!   The first day of school can be a hard one for mom {especially if you’re dropping off a Kindergartner for the first time.}  So why not host a “Boo Hoo Breakfast” for all your mom friends and get together for breakfast after the school drop-off.  Whether you’re crying tears of sadness or joy- every mom is sure to appreciate some time together to eat and chat!

 

For even MORE fun ideas and printables, head on over to Angie’s 30 Ways to Celebrate Back to School AND don’t forget to check out our “Back to School Ideas” Pinterest Board!- it is seriously loaded with Back to School fun & inspiration!

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14 Responses to “25 Fun First Day of School Traditions ”

  1. Tara Tara says:

    I LOVE this!!!!!! I think you rounded up just about all the cutest ideas out there! lol Great job, girly! XOXO

  2. Michelle Michelle says:

    Seriously makes me want to throw a back to school party, even though I don’t have kids. I might just have to borrow my friends kids! ha xox

  3. Candice Candice says:

    Awesome list- so many great ideas! Definitely saving this for later when my little one goes to school!

  4. Thanks for sharing my Back to School Lunch Printables

  5. Hey there! Thank you for sharing the Fairy’s Boohoo Breakfast!!! This is an amazing post with some really awesome ideas!

  6. Melinda says:

    What great ideas! I have an autistic son who is going into 2nd grade. The beginning of a new school year is especially tough in him. I’m definitely going to use a few of these ideas for him and my other son who is starting kindergarten. Thanks for this article!

  7. Karen says:

    I love the idea of a Back to School Memory Page for each year. Cute ideas!

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