This post is sponsored by Time Snap Shop. As always, all content and opinions are 100% my own.
I can hardly believe that summer is winding down and school is starting in just 26 days (we start after Labor Day here)! We’ve been having tons of fun this summer, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t looking forward to school starting again. Both my little ones will be enrolled in a 4-day preschool program this year, including my soon-to-be 5 year old who is starting Pre-K. If you are a regular reader of Grace, Giggles & Naptime, then you know I’m a huge fan of creating simple, yet meaningful traditions for our family. And what better time to create new traditions than the start of a brand new school year?!
So, if you’re like me, and love creating sweet little memories with your kiddos, you’ll love these simple back-to-school traditions that you can start today!
Start a countdown to school Get your kids excited about the upcoming school year by starting a countdown! The kids & I made this paper chain countdown a few weeks ago. Paper chain countdowns are especially great for the preschooler/kindergarten group, as they are great visuals to show younger children exactly how many days are left until school begins! My little preschoolers absolutely love removing a paper chain from our countdown each morning. It’s also a great way to practice counting, too!
Go on a back-to-school shopping date I love back-to-school shopping! There’s just something so refreshing about crisp new clothes and a fresh box of crayons. Anyone else with me on this?! I can do without the crowds and long lines, but since back-to-school shopping is inevitable, I choose to embrace the chaos and enjoy this once-a-year occasion. Last year I took my oldest (who was only 3.5 at the time) out for a special one-on-one lunch and back-to-school shopping date. We had so much fun together that I knew it was going to become a yearly tradition of ours. Noah and I went out just this past weekend for this year’s shopping spree and it was another fun outing! My daughter, London, is still a bit too young to fully appreciate this tradition (read between the lines: she’s a terrible shopping companion); however, I hope to start taking her out for some one-on-one shopping fun next summer. Even if your kids don’t enjoy shopping, I encourage you to make a day out of it, and enjoy some one-on-one time with each of your kids!
Make a special 1st day of school breakfast We always do a fun 1st day of school breakfast in our house. We like to switch things up from year to year, too. Last year it was pancakes (Noah’s favorite!); however, this year we’ll do something really special like chocolate chip Mickey Mouse waffles. Because when you’re 4 years old, chocolate chip waffles are a really BIG deal. After all, it’s his last year of preschool, and I want to make this a special day for him. I’m going to try a new dairy-free waffle recipe, too, so London will be able to enjoy them as well!
Plan an after-school ice cream date Treat your kids to a 1st day of school surprise with an after-school ice cream (or fro-yo) date! This is a tradition I am planning to start this year with my kids. Since London has a dairy allergy, we’ll likely go out for frozen yogurt or shaved ice (since both places have dairy-free options). If ice cream isn’t your thing, plan a milk + cookies party at home instead! I just love the excitement of the 1st day of school and can’t wait to surprise my kiddos with a special treat!
Snap a 1st day of school photo with a “Go To School Board” We’ve always taken the traditional 1st day of school photos; however, this year we are adding in a fun new photo prop – a “Go to School Board” from Time Snap Shop! I am SO excited about this one! As someone who was absolutely fanatical about taking my kids’ monthly photos when they were babies, I’m all about cute signs and photo props. This adorable photo prop can help capture your child’s 1st day of school. And if you look closely, you’ll see that it’s totally customizable! With just a spin of a few hidden wheels on the backside, you can change the grade, date, and even change the top of the sign to say “First” or “Last” Day of School. I love that you can get so much use out of one sign – use it for multiple children and to capture both the first + last day of school! Time Snap even has a collection of milestone boards to help capture your little one’s birthday, too (I’ll be sharing our milestone board on my son’s 5th birthday later this month)! Head on over to their website to snag your own “Go to School Board” before your little one heads off to school this year!
How are you getting ready for the upcoming school year? What are your favorite back-to-school traditions?