5 Crafts and Activities to Celebrate Going Back to School

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5 Crafts and Activities to Celebrate Going Back to School

Back-to-school is a special and exciting time, but it can also cause apprehension and anxiety. Help your children transition from summer to the school year by creating a special keepsake or making a memory. Try one of these simple but meaningful activities that can help inspire optimism and confidence in your little learner.

  • Make an “all about me” poster: Social media is full of first-day photos, but you’ll also want to remember your child’s personality at this moment in time. Create a sign or poster that reflects your child’s interests and hobbies (your child can help you fill it out) and have them pose with it on the first day of school. Repeat this process again for the last day of school and talk to your child about how they’ve grown and how their interests have changed throughout the year. You can use this Primrose printable or make your own.
  • Build a back-to-school nook: After the inconsistent schedules of summer, it can be difficult for children to begin focusing again when they’re at home. Dedicating a space or room for learning is both a great way to help your child make this shift and a good practice for your child to use throughout their education. Your “learning nook” can include a desk or large cushions to sit on, with plenty of books, educational games and art supplies. Your child can help you decorate the walls with calming artwork, family photos or school awards.
  • Start a new family tradition: If your family doesn’t have any traditions for the first day of school, don’t worry — it is never too late! There are lots of easy and creative things you can do with your child that will leave a lasting impression. You might cook breakfast as a family on the first day of school, choose a special back-to-school outfit together or surprise your child by decorating their door with a good luck poster and streamers.
  • Get excited to learn: Remind your child that learning is fun with simple at-home science activities. Create a rainbow in a jar, a rain cloud in a cup or a lava lamp in a bottle with your child in just a few steps. You can also strengthen your child’s coordination and counting skills with a few of our kid-friendly recipes for healthy snacks.
  • Pack a pocket pal: If your child is starting a new school or is anxious during back-to-school season, they may find comfort using a “pocket pal.” Ask the school if it’s OK for your child to bring a small memento to help calm their nerves. It can be a photo or drawing your family created together, a small piece of cloth cut from a familiar item or even a lipstick kiss from mom on a sticky note. Remind your child to hold or look at their pocket pal whenever they feel scared or sad during the day and to remember that they will see you right after school. You can change the pocket pal daily, weekly or as needed to help ease the transition during the first few weeks of school.

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