Summertime is coming to an end and soon it’s back to the books. If you and your kids have the back-to-school blues, why not create some special traditions to make starting the new school year more fun?
Here are some ideas to get you started!
Purchase School Supplies For Kids in Need
School supply shopping is oh, so fun. But shopping for someone else can be a blast, too. Sign up to donate supplies to a student in need and have your child make the selections. You’ll get a kick out of how excited kids get when choosing supplies for another kid. They take their job very seriously. This is a great way to remind kids of how fortunate they are to have supplies of their own and how helping someone else feels good. There are programs across the country that you can participate in. Search online to find a program in your area like Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack or Kids in Need Foundation.
Take a Special First Day of School Photo
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention this one. Who doesn’t love the super cute first day of school photos that everyone posts on Facebook? Photo ideas range from the simple to the downright crafty. Regardless of how fancy you want to get, a first day photo of the kiddos is truly a must. And, of course, there are gajillions of ideas on Pinterest if you want to get ambitious with your pics!
Hold a Measuring Ceremony
The first day of school is a big milestone and what better time to do a measuring ceremony? The night before school starts (don’t try this during the busy morning on top of everything else you’ll be doing!) line up the kids and log their stats. How tall are they? How much do they weigh? You can even trace their feet and hands on a blank piece of paper and use a tape measure to measure the circumference of their little heads! Be sure to write the measurements down in one place and keep it safe. Then, at the end of the year, measure again! You know they’ll grow mentally, so it will be fun to see how they’ll grow physically as well.
Host a Pancake Breakfast With Friends
To calm first day jitters, why not invite some friends over for breakfast? Consider an easy meal the kids will love, like a pancake bar. Cook up a bunch of pancakes and give the kids options of toppings from syrup to berries to whipped cream to chocolate chips and more. Then, send the kids off to school as a group.