5 Ways to Make Going Back to School Extra Special
We combed Pinterest for the best tips on making back-to-school week memorable and extra exciting for your kids. In particular, we liked the ideas that started traditions you can repeat annually for the first week of school, and that took less than 30 minutes to complete — this is a busy time of year!
Here are our favorites:
- Print an “all about me” questionnaire. Interview your child and file away their answers in the scrapbook on the first day of school every year. These free printables ask your kids about what they want to be when they grow up, who their best friends are, their hobbies, their favorite foods and movies, and their signature. Too cute! (Yellow Bliss Road)
- Turn kids into chefs with a lunch-assembly station. Turn packing a lunchbox into a fun game! At the beginning of the week, fill three small bins with healthy, yummy lunch options. One basket can hold fruit and cut-up veggies in single portions. The second basket is for refrigerated snacks like milk cartons, string cheese, deli meat roll-ups, yogurt tubes, individually packaged hummus, and smoothies. And the third is stuffed with dry snacks like crackers, pretzels, cereal, cookies, almonds, and trail mix. Ask your child to pick two items from each bin and make their own lunch in a snap. It gives them control over what they want to eat, and because you control what goes in each basket, you can be assured they’re picking healthy choices. (I Heart Organizing)
- Contribute to a growth chart. Nominate the first day of school as the day you notch another year on your family’s growth chart. Your child will be amazed at how much they can grow in a year. Alternatively, photograph your growing one with a treasured stuffed animal, posing with an apple, or standing next to a favorite tree in your yard as a way to document how big they’re getting! (Krista Lund Photography)
- Scrawl jokes on lunch notes. Make your child laugh (or at least roll their eyes at their corny parents) by writing one of these 50 jokes on their lunch napkin. Our favorite: What’s the difference between a teacher and a train? A teacher says, “Spit out that gum” and the train says, “Chew! Chew!” (Kids Activities Blog)
- Whip up a special breakfast. Commemorate the first day of school with a yummy treat of a breakfast that you only make on special occasions. Here are 10 ideas that come together fast in the morning but are way impressive. German pancakes, anyone? (Babycenter)