Can you believe the first day of school is almost here?! Let’s make some Fun First Day of School Traditions to start the school year! Since school starts so soon, we’ve been thinking a lot about back to school traditions.
Our older boys have always reluctantly participated in my first day of school picture taking, but this year I want to make it more fun for all of them. So, after browsing more first day of school traditions than I ever knew existed, I decided to create some that will fit my family better. Here’s what we’ll be starting this school year.
- Breakfast of Champions
After watching my kids eat their way through the summer and knowing how incredibly tall they’re getting, there’s no way I’m letting them leave for the first day of school without an incredible breakfast. Since they tend to be picky eaters, I’m planning on making a Back to School Breakfast Burrito Bar.
There will be scrambled eggs, diced ham, onions, shredded cheese, diced green peppers, salsa, and cooked sausage ready to include in a delicious burrito. They’ll be able to grab a warm tortilla and wrap up their own Back to School Breakfast Burrito in no time! I’m planning on decorating the table with an inexpensive plastic tablecloth and having special napkins to add a bit of fun to the exciting morning.
Want something a little quicker? Try these breakfast balls.
- Say Cheese
I printed out a collection of First Day of School Signs and will be snapping the kids’ pictures before they head out. I’ve been doing this since they were in preschool, so it’s always fun to look back over the years at how much they’ve grown and changed. For extra fun, set up a photo booth area in your living or dining room and take pictures of all of the kids together or grab some printable signs here.
- Time Capsule
There’s a lot of things that happen throughout the school year! By the last day of school in June, the first day seems like it was a lifetime ago. I’ll be starting a time capsule of the first day by collecting the newspaper, jotting down notes about what’s happening in our family, and including the kids’ first day of school pictures in it. Any small trinkets or things that I think will help us remember the first day will also be included. I plan on using a decorative box from the craft store, but any container would work.
- One-on-One Time
Heading off to school can be a daunting task. Even if your child has a few first days of school under his belt, starting a new class can make him nervous. One of the traditions I’m most excited about starting this year is one-on-one time. I’ll be sitting with each of the kids individually, talking with them about their nervousness and excitement while encouraging them in their new adventure. Our chat will end with a hug and a selfie of the two of us together. I can’t wait to have a few minutes of cherished time with each child that morning. Here are a few one on one time ideas.
- End of the Day Yogurt Bar
When the kids come home, they’re going to be excited and exhausted. The first day of school really wears them out! I’ll have a healthy snack bar waiting though to give them a second wind. Plain Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, homemade granola, nuts, coconut, and other fun yogurt bar fixins will help them recharge while they tell me all about their first day – and hand over the nine billion papers I need to fill out and return for them.
I have always found a story before bedtime to be a great way to subtly remind my children of all of the things that make them wonderful and strong. I am so proud of them, but sometimes they can be embarrassed when I say it too directly. This is where story time can come in handy!
- I Am So Brave – Celebrate the feats of growing up, together!
- The Day You Begin – It is ok to feel different! A reminder to children that they are special and unique.
- The Invisible String – A heartwarming story of the unbreakable connection between parent and child.
The first day of school is a busy one and is sure to be filled with butterflies in their little tummies. By celebrating the day and making it a special time, I hope that it will ease my children’s anxiety and let them know how much they’re loved. What are some of your kids’ favorite first day of school traditions? I’d love to hear how your family celebrates!