In our house, the thought of going back to school receives two very different reactions from our children. Our daughter is thrilled to go back to school this year. Our 10-year-old, however, would much rather stay home with his family and sleep late every day. For many kids, going back to school is actually a very emotional time. Sadness creeps in as school gets closer and I have to try hard to make the first week of school a fun time for all of us. Today I’m sharing some ways to make the transition back to school a whole lot more fun with a few fun back-to-school traditions.
10 Fun Back-to-School Traditions
1. Make breakfast a celebration on the first day. Our kids love my Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips recipe but we’ve also had a tradition of making pancakes with whip cream and sprinkles for the past few years.
2. Pack a special lunch or leave a special note in their lunch boxes. Even just a quick post-it note with an encouraging word will give your children a fun little surprise at lunch.
3. Take back-to-school pictures or just take some funny pictures to help them shake off those end of summer nerves. Just take a look on Instagram any day for the next 3 weeks and you’ll see plenty back-to-school photos to inspire you. It’s so fun to look back over the years and see just how much your children have grown.
4. Play some fun upbeat music in the morning while the kids are getting ready for school or do what we do and sing along to your favorite song on the way to school – last year it was anything from The Greatest Showman Soundtrack.
5. Write a fun message on your bathroom mirror with a dry erase marker.
6. Greet your kids after school with a silly string attack, confetti, or some other fun celebration.
8. Have your kids answer a fun back-to-school interview. There is a fun one you can use download from the Giggles Galore site HERE
9. Set goals for the year. Does your 6th grader want to get an A average this year? Does your 2nd grader want to make new friends? No goal is too small!
10. Take time to pray with your children, praying for their first day, for their friendships, for their teacher and for everything that they will learn this year. If you are a person of faith, reading a devotional together is a great way to equip your children for school with promises from the Bible. Andrea from Sharing my Favorites shares a great FREE printable back-to-school devotional that might be a good fit for your family.
Your children will look forward to these fun back-to-school traditions every year and they will make the dreaded back-to-school week a little more fun! If you’re struggling getting organized for the back-to-school season be sure to check out my latest post, where I share some of my tried-and-true tips to prepare for back to school.
Do you have any fun back-to-school traditions?
I’d love to hear more about what you do to make back-to-school week fun for your children. Leave a comment below!