Back to School Traditions
I love traditions, I love school, I love fall, I love BACK TO SCHOOL time! So on the first day of back to school we do regular fun things. Here are a few fun and creative ideas on how you can make this back-to-school time a little more special for your child.
1. These cupcakes earn top marks for sweetening even the most reluctant student’s return to school.
- Yellow, green, and white frosting
- Red Skittles or M&M’s
- Small plastic bag
- Rubber band or twist tie
- Chocolate-covered graham crackers
- White Good & Plenty candies
- Cover the cupcakes with yellow frosting and allow them to sit for an hour before decorating. Dab each red Skittle or M&M with a bit of green frosting for the apple’s leaf, then set them aside.
- Put a tablespoon or two of white frosting into a small plastic bag for piping. Cut a very small hole in a corner of the bag, twist the top of the bag closed, and secure it with a rubber band or twist tie. Piping the frosting gently out of the hole, write messages on the chocolate-covered graham crackers. Leave space at the bottom of the cookie, where it’ll be stuck into the cupcake.
- Cut a groove in the cupcake’s frosting with a knife, then fit a blackboard into the groove. Add one Skittle or M&M apple and a piece of Good & Plenty chalk, as shown.
2. Take Back to School Pictures of your kids holding the signs with their grade
Back to School Free Printable Signs – I found these cute printables that I will have the kids hold, when I take their back to school picture. You print out the individual sign on cardstock, then glue it and you are done. The great thing about this is that 10 years from now you won’t forget what grade they were going in in that picture!
3. Back to School Fairies
If you child still believes in fairies this is a fun idea. Why not have the “Back-to-school” fairy come for a visit? Fill a simple paper bag with a simple school supplies or journal or your child’s favorite book, write a short message from the fairy on the bag and tie it up with a cute little red ribbon. Leave it at your front door…have the kids answer the door after the doorbell rings mysteriously! What fun!
4. Each child receives a Father’s Blessing
This is a great time of the year for your father or grandfather or a home teacher (depending on a situation) give your children a blessing to give them courage, guidance and the influence of the Holy Ghost as they start school. If they are older they should record it in their journal so they can come back to it later throughout the year, if they are younger, you can record it for them and upload the recording on a computer with a special button they can click when they want to listen to it.