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.
Choose Goals For the Year
Get your year off to an inspirational start by helping your child choose some goals for the year. Create categories like school, sports, friends, art, family, or another area that’s important to her. These goals can be broad or specific, depending on your child. It will be fun to see what she comes up with! Here’s an added twist: come up with some related goals of your own. Then, work together throughout the year to exceed them!
Write a Back to School Biography
Here’s a great way to get a little writing practice in before school starts. A week or so before the first day of school, have your child write a biography about himself. You can write a series of questions for him to answer or just let him write about what types of things he thinks are important to include (that would be fun in itself!) Each year, read the prior year’s biography and marvel about what’s different and what’s the same.
Treat The Gang to After School Ice Cream
After a long and probably hot day at school, head over to the ice cream shop for a cold treat. It’s a great way to hold on to that last bit of summer and chances are, you’ll run into some other families so you can chat about what a day everyone had!
Back-to-school traditions are all about helping get kids excited for the new year, reminding them how special they are, and encouraging them to look forward to all of the exciting things in store for them. It’s up to you: choose a bunch or just one or two special traditions. Either way, your kids will remember them always. And, so will you.