The first day of school is a big deal, not just for the kiddos but for parents too! I mean, it’s a milestone, right? Whether it’s their very first day or they’re a returning champ, making the first day extra special can set a positive tone for the rest of the school year. I’m sharing five first day of school traditions you can start with your child to make this day one for the books.
First Day of School Traditions
1. Special Breakfast
Kick off the day with a special breakfast that screams “Today is awesome!” Maybe it’s heart-shaped pancakes or their favorite cereal dressed up with fun fruit. The goal is to make them feel pumped for the day ahead, all while filling their tummies with something tasty and nourishing.
2. First-Day Photos
We all love scrolling through our photos to see how much our little ones have grown. For a keepsake that will make you go “awww” year after year, have a first-day photo session. Use a cute sign with their grade level, or have them stand next to something that’ll show how much they grow each year, like a tree in the yard. It’s a quick and easy tradition that you’ll cherish forever.
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3. Back-to-School Fairy
Okay, who doesn’t love a sprinkle of magic? The night before the first day, have the “Back-to-School Fairy” visit. Leave a small gift or note under their pillow for them to find in the morning. It could be new pencils, a small toy, or even just a heartfelt note. It’s like the Tooth Fairy, but for school! WALMART BACK TO SCHOOL SHOPPING LIST AND BEST DEALS
4. After-School Treat
When the school day is done, a small treat awaits! Plan an after-school snack or outing that’s out of the ordinary. It could be going out for ice cream, making cookies together, or visiting a park. It’s a fun way to celebrate the end of the first day and hear all about their new adventures. HOW TO MAKE AN AFTER-SCHOOL SNACKLE BOX FOR HANGRY KIDS
5. Time Capsule Letter
Have your child write a letter to their future self on the first day of school. They can write about their hopes for the year, friends they want to make, and what they’re most excited about. Seal it in an envelope and stash it away to open on the last day of school. Trust me, both of you will get a kick out of seeing how much has changed (or stayed the same).
So, there you go—five simple but super meaningful first day of school traditions. Starting a tradition or two (or five!) makes the first day of school more than just a day on the calendar; it makes it a cherished event that both you and your child will look forward to year after year.