Back to School Traditions
Make Back-to-School Memorable and Fun!
Rituals and traditions make life a little more fun and a little more special! Traditions can also provide comfort and security, teach values, create memories, help ease transitions and change, and more.
For some people, creating family rituals and traditions takes a little more effort and work. I am one of those people. It doesn’t usually come naturally for me, so I’m trying to figure some ways to make back-to-school special and fun for my family.
Pictures are always good! Easy to do and fun to look back on. I like the idea of having a special “last supper of summer break” the night before and then having fresh baked cookies waiting for them when they get home from that first day. I enjoy yummy traditions and they provide opportunities to sit and talk with each other.
After asking around to friends and family, here are more than 20 great ideas for family back-to-school traditions. Keep it as simple or elaborate as you desire!
Back to School Photos
- Take a picture of your child with that days newspaper and a sign that says who the teacher is and what they want to be when they grow up.
- Right outside the front door of your home, take pictures of each child holding fingers up for the number of what grade they are in.
- Take a picture of your child holding a small sign (dry erase, paper, or chalkboard) marked with the date and a personal note, such as current favorites or what he wants to be when he grows up.
- You could also take a simple picture of the child and later edit the photo by adding the text that you would like to include.
- Take the picture in the same spot every year to help showcase the child’s growth and changes over time.
Back to School Eve
- Have the “Back-to-School Fairy” come the night before and leave fun new school supplies or other related items.
- Let each child pick a menu item for a “last supper of summer.”
- Let the kids eat dinner using their new lunch boxes.
- Decorate a binder in which they can keep art, grades, and keepsakes from throughout the school year.
First Day of School
- Mom Party! After you drop the kids off at school that first day, get together with other Moms for breakfast or a treat to celebrate!
- Serve an alphabet-theme breakfast with alphabet-shaped cereal and pancakes made in the shape of each child’s initials.
- Have warm cookies waiting for them when they get home the first day and take time to chat while eating.
- Pack a special lunchbox treat with a note reminding your child that you are thinking of him all day long.
- Serve a breakfast of their dreams. Think donuts, juice, and a variety of their favorites. It is only once a year!
- Fill out a first day of school interview page with fun questions and answers about the child.
- Decorate your child’s room or other room in the house while the child sleeps so they wake up in the morning to balloons and streamers celebrating the first day of school.
- Use sidewalk chalk to draw special pictures or messages on the driveway or sidewalk for the kids to see as they walk to school or as they are walking home.
More Back-to-School Traditions
- Do a fun family outing or staycation on Labor Day. Go to a water park, picnic, etc.
- Go on a weekend camping trip right before school starts.
- Host a back-to-school bash! You can throw an ABC party for which each family is assigned a letter when they RSVP and they bring a treat to share that starts with that letter. Hand out school supplies as party favors. Pool party, pizza party, etc.
- Give a book. Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss is a great one!
- Buy new clothes for school and have a fashion show.
- Get out on a parent-child date before the chaos of school days.
- Create a time capsule with favorite items and photos to open each year and see how much has changed.
- Give school supplies in a fun way – gift wrap them or create a scavenger hunt to find them.