These first day of school traditions are sure to make back to school more fun and memorable. From simple traditions like a fun breakfast to taking pictures, you’ll want to get these fun school traditions started as soon as possible. Easy back to school nerves by making the first day of school more fun. Fun lunches themed for the first day, surveys to take note of what your kids are like each year, and helping kiddos pick out the cutest clothes to wow their friends – it’s all here!
First Day of School Traditions
Make a fun lunch for the first day
It’s no surprise that I would recommend making a fun lunch for back to school. While I get that some of us don’t have the patience time, or even the want to make a fun lunch each day, once in a while is always a fun idea. Make the first day extra special by adding a fun lunch to your first day of school traditions.
Make breakfast memorable
My boys love pancakes, but pancakes are kind of a pain when it comes to day to day breakfasts. I like to make a big batch and freeze extras – when paired with sprinkles, fruit, whipped cream and a candle, you’ve got a fun and memorable breakfast to add to your family’s back to school traditions.
Take their height
I always loved the idea of having a spot in out house to make the kids’ heights over the years. What a great way to remember to actually mark their heights than to mark it on the first day of school?
Get a fun outfit!
Back to school shopping is always fun – fresh pencils and notebooks feel like a fresh start all around. But as a kid, I mostly looked forward to grabbing a few new outfits. Make it one of your first day of school traditions to let your kids pick out their first day outfit that fits their own style. New school year, new you!
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First day photo
Now that they have the fun outfit, make sure you take that iconic first day of school photo! Print out or have them decorate a “First Day of Preschool” etc picture and snap a shot of their smiling faces before leaving for their first day.
A back to school dinner to remember
Make a dinner that your kids will adore – their favorite foods for their first day back! Or, do yourself a favor and order in their favorite food – less work for you while you get back into the swing of busy weeknights! We love these crazy easy pizza rolls that you could make in 20 minutes or less.
Get a survey from them
Who doesn’t love those cute back to school surveys for kids to take? Ask them each year their favorite foods, what they want to be, and more simple questions that might change year to year. You’ll be glad you did when they’re graduating high school and wondering where that little baby went!
First day after school snack
Go all out on a fun after school snack. Ignore healthy nutrition guidelines and make giant chocolate chip cookies, a make your own snack mix bar, or take them out to grab a cake pop from Starbucks. (let’s be honest -that last one is really more for you!)
Go off with a bang
Years ago I read about a mom who squeezes a whole summer of fun into the week before her kids go back to school. While they have fun during the summer, she made sure that last week was back to back day trips, pool time, and general fun. Why? Because this way, when her kids when back to school and the teacher asked, “what did you do this summer?”, they had fresh memories and didn’t just mumble something about video games or “nothing”. GENIUS I tell you.
Okay so tell me – what are your plans for making back to school special? Do you have any first day of school traditions? Let me know in the comments!
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