I know for many of you, the back to school rush is already in full force and your kiddos are now back into the swing of school and have been for a couple of weeks. Here in Western Washington, we start pretty late, (which can be nice BUT it also means our kids are still going to school in mid-June). The BIG day for us is tomorrow, the 5th! Hard to believe my babies are now going to be a second grader and a Kindergartener!
As I was getting all their supplies ready, their new clothes washed, doing the “school lunch” shopping, I started to think of all the fun things I wanted to make sure that I did for them on their first day. Of course you have the obligatory first day pictures and picking out their outfit for the first day of school! And I always try to make them something special for breakfast- chocolate chip pancakes are the request and I also want to put something small in their lunches that is a special first day treat. My husband always kind of laughs at me but I think its important to make a big deal out of it for them. Firsts and lasts are always fun to celebrate!
So of course when I was trying to think of some new, fun ideas, the first place I went was Pinterest! And all I had to do was type in “back to school printable” under the search tab and I had a TON of fun ideas at my fingertips! And don’t worry if your kids have already started back to school, a lot of these ideas can be done at any time during the year. Seriously, one of my friends forgot the whole first day picture so about a week later, she had her kids put on their first day outfits and recreated the morning for a photo! (Now you have a funny memory to go along with that photo!) And I really like the idea that I have seen floating around Pinterest where you take a photo on their first day with the sign and then again on the last day of school and put them side by side in an album to see how much they have grown/changed in that one year.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the different FREE Printable signs you can find out there for the first day photo!! Here is one of my favorites! You can find this one on Pinterest or at Nest of Posies.
Or this one, I can’t decide which one I like more! This one comes from I Heart Nap Time!
Here are some SUPER cute printables for the kid’s lunch box from Paper & Pomegranates.
Really any type of cute little paper works great for notes in the lunch box! I have some adorable little cards leftover from scrapbooking that I plan on using!
Another thing I plan on using for their first day (and through out the year) are the kid’s mailboxes that I got them for Valentines Day.
We have kept them up on our mantle and every so often we stick a special note or treat in their boxes for them. My hubby is much better at doing this than me. I always forget about it (even though I stare at the mailboxes on my mantle half the day in my living room!)
Amy from Living Locurto has these awesome printables that would be great to add onto a lunch box or backpack or inside a book! And they are customizable too!! (FOR FREE!)
Here is one more FAV of mine for treats in their lunch on the first day! From ISharePrintables.
There are ALL kinds of great ideas out there on Pinterest and tons of GREAT blogs featured too! I am getting pretty excited for their first day tomorrow, I think they might be too!