I’m so excited to share back to school traditions from Amy of Umbrella Tree Cafe. Mom to 2 boys, Amy writes about her adventures with her boys on her blog, Umbrella Tree Cafe. From camping to building pirate ships out of boxes, you’ll find lots of great activities to do with your kids. Back to school has always been my favorite time of the year. It still is! I simply can’t resist a good deal on crayons or pens & notebooks. I’ve been seeing posts on Pinterest and contemplating my back to school traditions for my kids since they were born. I think, “Oh! That will be neat to do when they are old enough.” Well, now the time has come. My oldest starts full day Pre-K in a few weeks.
Back to School Traditions for Preschool and Kindergarten
Make a file box for Back to School papers (for both kids just because I’m proactive like that and experience shows that if I don’t, child #2 won’t get one).
There are plenty of examples of back to school organizers on Pinterest. I like the ones that use the photo corners (I happen to have a box from my scrapbooking days) on the front of the folder to hold a 5×7 school picture. I also found some printables that I like. They were originally for a binder- but I like them to insert into the folder.
Read books about the First Day of School.
So far we have The Night Before Preschool and Daniel Goes to School. It’s really hard for me to resist books and when there’s a theme in mind, I see them everywhere. Barnes and Noble’s entry display in the kid’s section is full of back to school books.Walmart has a display too in the back to school section. Of course, you can also find them at your local library. They are a great way to start a discussion with kids about what to expect when it comes to school. These are some others I saw with a quick Amazon search. Some are available for the Kindle which means instant download and sharing with your child.
- Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
- What to Expect at Preschool (What to Expect Kids) by Heidi Murkoff and Laura Rader
- Curious George’s First Day of School by H.A. Rey
- How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
- The Berenstain Bears Go To School (First Time Books(R)) by Stan and Jan Berenstein
- It’s Time for Preschool! by Esme Raji Codell and Sue Rama
- Chu’s First Day of School by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex
- Preschool Day Hooray! by Linda Leopold Strauss
- Little Critter: First Day of School by Mercer Mayer
- Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis
- Kindergarten, Here I Come! by D. J. Steinberg and Mark Chambers
- Off to Kindergarten by Tony Johnston
- Miss Bindergarten Gets Ready for Kindergarten (Miss Bindergarten Books) by Joseph Slate and Ashley Wolff
- The Kissing Hand by by Audrey Penn
I really wish we had a paved driveway so I could do a life-size chalk drawing. But we don’t. I could search out a great location with fresh pavement, but I’m pretty sure I’m not going to find time for that. Or I’ll find a great spot and my son will need a haircut or we won’t have his uniform with us. Rather than stage something elaborate, I think I’ll make a small DIY Chalkboard to use as a sign. I decided to go with a small .99 cookie sheet from Walmart and some Chalkboard Paint ($3.97). You really need a minimum amount of spray paint so there’s plenty left for more projects.
Of course, my son also wants a party. I’m not sure where he got that idea. It’s probably not happening. Although, I did see a post (and now I can’t find it) about making a giant chocolate chip cookie on a pizza stone. It reminded me of high school when I always did that for my brothers’ and friend’s birthdays. I even have the modified cooking times handwritten into my mom’s old Crisco cookbook on the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe page. So maybe I’ll make him a giant cookie too.
I hope this gave you a few ideas for Back to School traditions that are pretty simple and inexpensive to achieve. What does your family do to commemorate the first day, besides the typical Back to School photo? Please share in the comments below.
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