10 Ideas To Celebrate The First Day Of School For Excited Kids And Nervous Ones

85b596d9d1108e137ab7abcf84bb3a7fThe first day back to school is so hard on kids. Whether they are attending a new school or starting school for the first time or just entering a new grade, a lot of kids are bound to be nervous. It can be hard for kids to meet new teachers and make new friends, and even if they see some familiar faces in their class the first day is always met with a mixture of sadness over summer coming to an end and nerves over whether they will like their new teacher and sit next to someone nice and do well in their new grade. It can be a fun and exciting time, but who can blame these short, little humans for feeling a bit apprehensive? I sure can’t so, I have compiled a list to make the first day seem a bit more celebratory than scary.

Make A Celebration Breakfast 

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This idea is too cute. Giggles Galore even went so far to make a note for her child to read on the day of her high school graduation. Some cute printables and a simple muffin turns into a fun way to begin the first day of school. Or for those of you who are crafty with pancakes:


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 Send With A Cute Treat For New Friends 


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Happy Home Fairy has this adorable idea to send with your kid to hand out to friends.

And Who Doesn’t Love Cookies! 


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You can find the free printable here and also the recipe for monster cookies.

Or Send With Something Adorable Yet Not Delicious 

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One Charming Party has this great idea for wrapping pink erasers to look like candy. This is the first year I received a warning letter from my son’s school saying that parents aren’t allowed to send in anything edible (even store purchased candy!)  for class celebration or holidays or birthdays. I think I’ll have to compile a list of non-food type hand outs.

 Let Your Kid Interview Their Teacher 


 Yesterday On Tuesday has an awesome idea for kids who are a bit apprehensive about getting to know a new teacher, plus this handy list will make it easy when it comes time to send in a gift card for your kid’s teacher during the holidays.

Add A Little Affirmation To A Lunch 



Head on over to Pizzazzerie to get this free printable to add little treats to a lunchbox. I love how chic and graphic these are. I wish someone would make me a bunch just to have for when I fold laundry.

 Make Homework Time Uninterrupted 



I love this one so much! If your house is anything like my house, starting at about nine a.m. I have a constant stream of kids knocking on my door and sending my dumb dog, and my kids, into a frenzy. Skip To My Lou made these adorable signs you can print for free to let neighborhood kids know when your kid is available to play, or when they are working on homework. Ingenious.

 Make Sure You Grab A First Day Snap 



The Unlikely Homeschool has a cute idea for a first day photo using a chalkboard, or you could get super creative and do what Silverbox Creative Studio did with adding printed titles to book bindings for an amazing “Time Capsule” style pic:


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And Pinterest user made her own first day of school pic, and she is obviously a mother after my own heart:



Send Them Off With A Little Extra Support 


Ramblings Of A Crazy Woman and her kindergarten daughter wrote on each other’s hands for the first day so they could be reminded they were thinking of each other. Awwwwwww!

 And For The Moms



And dads! Look at what I Heart Naptime made for the moms she knows for the first day. Because even though the first day can be hard on kids, most parents would love a chance after the bus leaves to drink some coffee together and discuss the upcoming school year. I will so do this, and hope that one moms brings with some Kaluha.

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  • Justme

    These are pretty adorable….and don’t seem to require too much time, energy or effort.

    But I must disagree with the teacher interview turned gift card idea list because the go-to present for any teacher should always be liquor.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      You need to tell us if anyone has actually given you booze

    • Justme

      Not directly in a bottle, but I have run into parents at nearby restaurants and they’ve bought me a drink before. Penance for putting up with their child, I suppose?

    • Robyn Hoover Mejia

      I have gotten wine before. Then the parents found out I don’t drink. However, they gave my aide a bottle of wine for Christmas, Teacher Appreciation Week and the end of school!

    • my2bits

      I have to disagree with the whole teacher interview. As a teacher, it would be kinda cute if one kid did this, but our school day is jam packed and “ain’t nobody got time for that.”

  • JD

    Cute ideas! I am going to make Cream of Wheat for my daughter on her first day of PreK. That’s what my mom always made us on the first day and when we had standardized testing.

    • Justme

      And always go for ice cream on the last day of school!

  • LadyClodia

    Some of these ideas are super cute!
    I hope that I don’t space out and forget about preschool starting. Last year we did pictures, but I can’t remember if we did anything else. Maybe I can do some special food, but I know I won’t be able to pull much else together. Plus he’s only going to have 2 days of school before we leave for our trip. I’m also just hoping that I’ll be able to take him to preschool because I’ll be sad if I can’t.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      where are you goinggggg?

    • LadyClodia

      We’re going to Europe! First to Paris (there’s a direct flight from here to there,) and we’re going to Disneyland there, then we’re driving to The Netherlands to visit my husband’s family.

    • Justme

      BRB…I’m packing myself into a suitcase for you to stow in the overhead storage.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      me too.

    • LadyClodia

      Well if you would do the rest of my packing for me, I’d agree to it!

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      will your ankle be better by then??

    • LadyClodia

      It will not, and I’m pissed at myself for it. I will get the cast off before we go, but I’ll still have to wear the boot for a few more weeks, so I’ll have that when we travel. I think I’ll still be able to do most things, but I definitely won’t be able to go with them to the beach at the North Sea.
      Also, we always have some really bad luck/stuff happen right around our trips, so I’m hoping this is it for this time.

    • Justme

      How is your ankle?

    • LadyClodia

      Thanks for asking. :) It’s not too bad, but there are good days and bad days, but mostly I can get around without the crutches, so that’s good. My toddler is really taking advantage of me now, though, since he knows that I can’t keep up with him, heh.

    • Justme

      I have totally been there with the busted ankles so I definitely empathize with your pain…but never with a toddler! I can’t even imagine what fresh hell that must be like!

    • LadyClodia

      He’s fast and he likes to climb. We’ve had to rearrange the playroom so he can do as little damage to himself as possible, but he still tries. I can barely keep up with him when I’m at 100%.

  • LiteBrite

    These look like cute ideas, but I can tell you right now I won’t think to do them. My main focus will be making sure the boy is at least wearing pants.

    Although one thing I do want to do is take a picture of him on the first day of school and then on the very last day to see the difference a year makes. A friend of mine posted the two pics side by side on FB, and the difference was amazing.