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7 Fun First Day of School Traditions

First day of school traditions make starting back to school a fun and memorable event. Your child will look back fondly on these traditions and so will you!

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Looking for  first day of school traditions to start with your preschooler or kindergartener? Even if your child is older, it’s not too late to begin a back to school tradition to make the first day back fun and memorable. You’ve probably seen tons of pictures with cute kiddos with their first day of school chalkboard; this list goes beyond the chalkboard to give you ideas for unique traditions to start with your child.

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Interview Your Child

Take a few minutes to interview your child on the first day of school. Ask them the same questions every year and see how their answers change over time. Here are some example questions:

  • What are you most excited about this year?
  • Are you worried about anything this year?
  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • Do you have a favorite subject?
  • How can you be a good friend this year?

Spray Them With Silly String


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When your kids get off the bus at the end of the day, attack them with silly string or water guns! This is a fun tradition to start and your kids will love it for years.

Give Them A Heart

Take a page from the book The Kissing Hand, where a mama raccoon sends her nervous student into school with a drawing of a heart on his hand-a kiss that he could take to school with him. Read the book with your child and give him his own kiss to take with him.

Hide Lots of Notes

The lunchbox note is pretty standard fare, but why not up your game for the first day of school? Hide little notes to your child so that they are finding them all day. Put a note in their assignment book, in their pencil case, inside their folders, and anywhere else you can tuck them in. This is a good tip for children who might be a little nervous about missing you their first day.

Take a Picture in the Same Outfit

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Be sure to hold on to those first day of school outfits. Then, on the last day of school, have your child wear the same outfit again. The before and after pictures will show just how much your child has grown over the year!

Bake Them a Treat

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While the kids are at school, bake them their favorite treat to mark the day. Then you can enjoy freshly baked cookies or cake at the table while they tell you all about their adventures.

Have a Back To School Breakfast Party

Invite all the friends and parents over for a first day of school breakfast party! The kids who are excited for the first day will probably be up super early anyway, so this will be a fun way to pass the time! For the kids who aren’t excited, this might be just the thing to get them up to cheer them up and help them look forward to the first day of school. Plus, it will be fun to get pictures of your kids with their school friends!

First day of school traditions make starting back to school a fun and memorable event. Your child will look back fondly on these traditions and so will you!

7 Fun First Day of School Traditions


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Anne Metz

Anne Metz is a housecleaner by day and a freelance writer by night. In her free time she follows her four young children around cleaning up their messes! You can follow her on facebook at @4onceuponamom or visit her blog at