20 fantastic first day of school ideas {photos, food, gifts & more!}


I know some of you still have a whole month before school starts, but for others the big day is right around the corner! I’ve always loved the first day of school – of course, I’m a nerd, and I LOVE the smell of new books. But even if you don’t love school itself, there’s always something exciting about starting a new year. Whether your kids are excited to head back or feeling a little reluctant to give up their summer freedom, here’s a list of 20 great ideas for making the first day of school special: photo ideas, crafts & projects, special breakfast ideas, gifts for the teacher, and more!

great ideas for the first day of school - outfits, photos, food, gifts, and more!

1. For a little one who’s a bit nervous on his first day, use this tutorial from Curly Birds to make a felt heart to slide in his pocket.

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2. Dress up a packed school lunch with these free printable “lunchbox buddies” envelopes at Love From Ginger.

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3. Send your tween to school in style with this super cute notebook lined tote bag from Say Yes.

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4. Fill these pringles can pencils with school supplies for a fun first day of school surprise. Tute from Gluesticks and Tape.

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5. Add a note for the first day of school right on lunch containers painted with chalkboard paint with this idea from Dukes and Duchesses.

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6. Set the table for a first day of school dinner with these cute back to school printables from Eighteen25.

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7. Try making a lined paper first day of school t-shirt – idea from The 36th Avenue:

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8. Send the kids in with a fun gift for their teacher using printables from The Celebration Shoppe.

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9. Make a special shirt for your kindergartener’s very first day of school by stamping the alphabet on a dollar store tee:

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10. Make sure you and your child are both ready for the first day with these 5 great first day tips from Teach Train Love.

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11. Looking to start a new first day of school tradition? Get lots of ideas from this post at Fantastic Fun and Learning.

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12. Find the perfect backpack to sew in this list of 30 free backpack patterns from Babble:

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13. For a special handmade outfit that won’t take forever to make, try the First Day top and dress pattern from Made.

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14. Plan a little mom time once the kids are dropped off, like Jacolyn Murphey did:

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15. Get ideas for a special first day of school breakfast from The Diary of Dave’s Wife.

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16. For a fun first day photo, take pictures of your child holding a chalkboard with the grade she’s entering. From Life with Fingerprints.

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17. Or use these free printable chalkboard signs (available in every grade!) for cute first day of school pictures. From Yellow Bliss Road.

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18. For an even easier version, try this chalk-on-the-driveway idea from Three Scoops of Love.

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19. Print out this first day of school interview and have your child complete it each year for a fun record of his progression. Free printable from Giggles Galore.

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20. Make sure the morning runs smoothly with these back to school morning routine printables found at Yellow Bliss Road.

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