How to Make Going Back to School Extra Fun
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 on how to make going back to school extra fun!
Go Back To School in Style
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!
Back To School Fashion Show
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 not only be a super fun experience for the kids but will make awesome photos for their scrapbooks or to share on Facebook!
Read a Book
The night before school starts. Snuggle in bed and grab their favorite book or a Back To School book (find tons of Back to school book ideas here!)
Talk about first day jitters and how exciting school will be with meeting new friends and looking forward to learning new things.
This will not only help calm their nerves but it will be a special time set aside for them and they’ll love it! ♥
Think back to when you were a kid, waking up in the morning and being extra nervous to go back to school. You dreaded it all summer. Decorating is a fun way to surprise the kids and get them excited for their first day of school. You could make a Happy First Day Back To School Sign.
Other Back To School Sign Suggestions
Happy New School Year!
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!
The last night before school starts have the School Fairy visit. I never thought about having a school fairy and this is exactly 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!
Twist to School Fairy
A fun discovery for kids is when they get a clue or have to find their gift. An extra fun twist for the school fairy tradition could be to start off 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. I ask them questions about what they want to be when they grow up and write down their answers. It is really cute to see how their answers change over the years!” – Molly
“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
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
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!
Cake or Cookies
A great way to make the first day of school extra fun is to bake a surprise cake for them! How fun would cookies or a cake be when you came in the door from your first day back to school?!
You could use this same idea from our last day of school post here!
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. 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 find cool keychains here or maybe this fun Pez chapstick!
Extra added fun for a book bag or lunch box
If you’re looking for another extra fun idea add one of these tickets to their backpack or lunchbox created by getyourholidayon for one stay up late, one movie night-in, or a treat of your choice.
These are free coupon/tickets to use whenever you like but adding one of these on the first day of school will be extra special and extra fun.
Special School Lunches
Another extra fun back to school idea is to create special school lunches. In these lunches you could add their name to a print out of their favorite character and inside the lunch, I added an extra cut out character to surprise them. Another surprise fun idea would be to create a special themed lunch.
Mommy VS Kids
Lastly, for EXTRA-EXTRA FUN treat them to a 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!
Being able to create such a special day will not only make them feel good but it will make you feel good too. ((HUGS)) for another school year and for knowing that your baby is growing up! I hope these ideas help you to create special memories for you and your family.” ♥ -Cas