Are you looking for ways to make the first day of school special for your kiddos? Whether they’re heading off to kindergarten for the first time or the first day of their senior year in high school (*insert sobbing*), coming up with ways to celebrate that first day of school can be fun for both them and you.
From special breakfast ideas and the first day of school signs to an all-out back to school party, we think you’ll find the perfect idea to celebrate the exciting back to school season.
Let’s make their first day back to school special, shall we?
10 Ways to Make the First Day of School Special
First Day of School Breakfast Ideas
It’s always a guessing game to see how your kids will wake up on the first day of school. Some might be so excited you wake up to them creepily staring at you at 5 a.m. in the morning. Some might be a little nervous and you’re trying to give them as much encouragement as possible.
For your older kids, it might require a marching band playing to wake them up and get them going.
Whatever their excitement level is, a special yummy breakfast is a perfect way to start the day.
Cupcakes for breakfast anyone?!
“If you are looking for fun and healthy breakfast ideas for kids, this Strawberry Gingerbread Pupcake (cupcake pancake hybrid) recipe takes a boring old pancake and morphs it into a delicious and healthy breakfast cupcake which is by far, way more FUN! Even better, it’s easy and quick to make.” – Food Meanderings
Chocolate + Waffles = the perfect way to start the day, am I right?
“After I had been making this waffle recipe for many years, one day it dawned on me, that I could easily make them into chocolate waffles by substituting some of the flour with some cocoa.” – Food Meanderings
What’s more fun than funfetti cupcakes? Maybe these funfetti pancakes? Yes, please!
“Cake Batter Funfetti Pancakes: Fluffy melt in your mouth pancakes topped with a sweetened whipped cream. Now you can enjoy the flavor of cake: for breakfast!” – Baking Beauty
Make these beauties the night before for a tasty quick and low stress special first day of school breakfast idea.
“Easy Fluffy French Toast Muffins topped with a delicious cinnamon brown sugar topping. From the oven to your breakfast table in under 30 minutes! They’re easy enough for a school day breakfast, but fancy enough for holiday brunch.” – Baking Beauty
Back to School Celebration Snack Idea
Don’t you love the idea of your child opening their lunch on the first day of school and finding a special snack? Or maybe you have a snack waiting for them after they get home from school.
I still remember the days my mom would take off work and I’d come home to fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. The smell, the taste, the feeling…they’ve all stuck with me for years and years.
I love these White Chocolate Notebook S’mores from Finding Zest.
Emilie says, “They are quick and easy to make yourself or for children to help create to get excited about the start of school.”
All you need are graham crackers, marshmallow cream, white chocolate, and decorations to turn these into a notebook. I like how something so simple turned into one really fun back to school celebration snack.
Editable First Day of School Signs
I love hopping on Facebook the first day of school and seeing all of my friends’ kids with their first day of school signs. Some are made with a chalkboard, some are purchased and some are super quick, easy and economical like these printable first day of school signs from Planes and Balloons.
There are two versions available: the chalkboard looking one above with the black background and one with a white background with is a little friendlier when it comes to using up printer ink.
Whichever one you choose, she walks you through the process of editing, printing and even gives some tips on how to choose the best marker to write with.
Back to School Shirt with Handprints
If you have a kiddo going into Pre-K or Kindergarten, then you will love this back to school shirt with handprints from Where the Smiles Have Been.
How cute is that?!
She walks you through the entire process of creating this shirt that will become a keepsake for years to come. The front of his shirt displays the year he will graduate and it’s nice and big so he can grow into it. What a great idea!
Throw a Back to School Party
Are you wanting to go all out for back to school? Or maybe you’re the room mom and have been tasked with throwing a back to school party for your child’s class. Whether you’re wanting to go budget or kick it up a notch, Spaceships and Laser Beams has some fantastic ideas.
A Budget Back to School Party Idea – This party featured a $50 budget and a trip to the Dollar Store.
How about a back to school dessert table with cupcakes galore, pudding cups and school bus cookies?!
How does a back to school party featuring school supplies sound? Not only does it sound incredibly fun for the kids, but just look at the beautiful color explosion.
Back to School Traditions
Last, but not least, be sure to check out Seaside Sundays’ 12 Back to School Traditions. She shares some wonderful ideas such as taking a photo as they walk into the building, reading a back to school bedtime story and more.
I hope these celebration ideas for the first day of school will help make this day super special for your kids!