Back to School Traditions First Day! The summer is almost over, and it’s time for the kids to go back to school. I know my kids get first-day jitters. If your kiddos are the same way and you’re looking for ideas to help offset those little feelings of nervousness? Try these tips and tricks for how to make going back to school more fun.
The Best Back to School Traditions First Day
We will show you the best first day of school traditions to do at home before school starts or after. These ideas will work great for back to school K-12 Education.
Back to School Shopping
How fun is it to get new clothes? When you get home from your shopping trip, have the kids try on their new clothes/shoes and have a little fashion show with music, lights, and take pictures. This will be a super fun experience for the kids and make awesome photos for their scrapbooks or share on Facebook!
A way to make your daughter feel more confident and have a stylish way to go back to school. Do her nails! Girls love getting their nails done. How much cooler would it be if “mom” could do them? Check out the fun back-to-school nail polish here!
Read a Book
The night before school starts back. Snuggle in bed and grab a back-to-school book.
This may relieve some of those first-day jitters and share the experience with the character in the book on how to meet new friends.
This will not only help calm their nerves, but it will be a special time set aside for them, and they’ll love it!
Find back to school teacher picked book suggestions here:
- We don’t eat our Classmates
- A letter from your Teacher on the First Day of School
- Our Class is a Family
- If you take a Mouse to School
- The Day you Begin
First Day of School Signs
Think back to when you were a kid, waking up in the morning and being extra nervous to go back to school. Decorating is a fun way to surprise the kids and get them excited for their first school day.
For example, you could make a Happy First Day Back to School sign.
Back To School Sign Suggestions:
- Happy New School Year!
- DREAM BIG!
- Second Grade, Here I come!
- Let Today Be The Start of Something New!
- Good Morning Sunshine!
- Back 2 School
- There is always a way! ← Find this banner here!
- Welcome Back To School!
- What We Learn Becomes A Part of Who We Are!
- Your Attitude Determines Your Direction.
- Happy School Year!
- Play, Learn, and Grow… Together!
- “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” -Dr. Suess
- The best way to predict your future is to CREATE it!
Back to School Fairy
The last night before school starts has the School Fairy visit. I never thought about having a school fairy, which is why I love Pinterest for mom ideas!
What a fun way to bring extra fun and excitement to the first day back to school.
This idea was found on Differentiated Kindergarten, and it’s having the School Fairy come to visit the kids during the night and leave a special note with school supplies. What a fun way for the kids to wake up and find something special waiting for them!
Treasure Hunt on the First Day
Adding to the fairy visit. A fun discovery for kids is when they get a clue or have to find their gift. So an extra fun twist for the school fairy tradition could be to start with a treasure hunt.
The first clue could be found underneath their pillow. Leave a note on the ceiling or by their bed that reads, “School Fairy was here!” Let’s start the day with an adventure and look under your pillow for the first clue.”
If they’re unable to read yet, maybe print a picture of a child looking underneath their pillow.
Each year before my girls start school, I help them with filling out an interview sheet. Then, I ask them questions about what they want to be when they grow up and write down their answers. It is adorable to see how their answers change over the years!” – Molly T. from Boston, Massachusetts.
“I love to be able to see my kids get on the school bus. I request off work so I can spend that extra time with them before they leave on their first day of school.” – Jean Z. from Fort Stewart, Georgia.
Special Wake Up
A really cool back-to-school extra fun tradition is to wake them up with a cupcake, donut, or a special breakfast. Don’t forget to take a picture of them and their crazy morning hair. This will be a fun one to stick on Facebook! :-surprise
Back to School Breakfast
How to make morning breakfast extra fun for the first day back to school. Use a red plate and cut out a leaf from green construction paper to add to the top. It will become an apple plate. A super cute idea!
If you want to make it a little easier, write I love school with syrup on their pancakes.
Cake or Cookies
A great way to make the first day of school extra fun is to bake a surprise cake for them! So how fun would cookies or a cake be when you came in the door from your first day back to school?!
If they don’t like cake or cookies, other suggestions would be brownies, caramel apples, donuts, watermelon, ice-cream cake, fruit spread, banana split, root beer floats, or strawberry shortcake.
Back To School Celebration Dinner
Another extra fun idea for the back to school boy or girl would be to let them pick dinner. There are two ways to do this… the first idea would be to let them pick dinner on the first day of school.
The second idea would be to let them pick dinner on the first Friday of the week that they start back to school.
First, this way, it would give them something to look forward to all week, and second, it would keep their behavior intact because they know they’ll be rewarded on Friday for an extra fun back to school celebration dinner.
This is the perfect way to make going back to school extra fun. Since the kids, of course, need book bags to make it extra fun with a new backpack, new supplies inside the bag, and then add in an extra trinket. Ideas could consist of…a fun keychain or maybe this fun Pez chapstick!
Back to School Lunch Ideas
Another extra fun back-to-school idea is to create special school lunches. For example, you could add their name to a printout of their favorite character in these lunches, and inside the lunch, I added an extra cut-out character to surprise my kids. Another surprise fun idea would be to create a special themed lunch.
Back to School Activities
Lastly, for EXTRA-EXTRA FUN, treat them to a Back to School Traditions First Day Activity! The summer is almost over, and it’s time for the kids to go back to school. “after school” surprise day. Imagine their faces when they’re greeted with these REALLY COOL water balloons waiting for them when they got off the school bus. This would create such a FUN memory for them!
Happy First Day of School for Teens
Teens love getting their hair done. At least my teenage daughter enjoys it, and I know she’s not the only one. A fun idea to do for a high school student would be to dye their hair. This will give them a lot more confidence on the first day back.
Creating such a special day will not only make the kids feel good, but it will also make you feel good too. We wish you and your family a wonderful school year! Be sure to follow us on Pinterest and Facebook, so you don’t miss out on all of the other cool ideas we cook up!