Try these back to school activities to celebrate that special time of year! No matter how your family does school, these simple back to school activities are sure to become sweet memories and anticipated traditions. To help you implement them, there are free printables included at the end!
Back to school for homeschoolers and traditional school goers is often a time filled with many emotions, anticipations, and ideas. Parents usually take a step back and look at their babies and think “Where has the time gone? When did my baby become a first grader?!” These back to school activities help us to be intentional about collecting and preserving little snapshots of our families as the years pass!
Back To School Activities Become Traditions
Many times, our back to school activities become traditions. A more modern example: a popular activity-turned-tradition we have seen both homeschool families and traditional school families do is fill out a “back to school” sign.
It’s likely you have seen them too- it usually says “First Day Of ___” (whatever grade child is going into). The sign can be a whiteboard, a chalkboard, one of those letter boards, or even a simple piece of paper! Some parents add a few blurbs of information about their kids too such as:
- favorite food
- favorite subject
- hobbies or interests
Take a picture of your little cutie holding their back to school sign and keep that picture and cherish it forever! If you take one every single year, what a photographic history you’ll have!
Time Capsule Back to School Activity
If you’re feeling especially sentimental, or just looking for way to capture a few memories before they flutter past, try this time capsule back to school activity!
Time capsules are always fun!! Fill one with intentionally chosen items, and bury it! Or less extreme but still effective- store it at the top of your closet to be opened later. Probably the better option if you think you might be moving, worried you’ll forget where you buried your time capsule, or don’t want to dig a hole when its 110 degrees outside! 🙋♀️
Explain the concept, and then let your child go crazy with suggestions. It will be hilarious and meaningful to pull out what your child curated for the box later!
Parents still should pick some things to go in the box as well! Download, print off, and fill out the free printable (bottom of this post!) in order to collect some of the sweet thoughts and other memories! Fold it up and tuck it inside the box.
The first page of this set has the title “Back To School Time Capsule” and a few cute pictures. The title is in bubble letters, so that it can be colored in along with the pictures, just for fun!
The next page has a handful of questions. Favorite color, food, what school year it is, what grade, etc. These are fun to look back on and see how they have changed!
The next two pages are a place for children to draw or write. One is “Draw You Going To School” and the other is “Draw Your School”. These can be done no matter how your child attends school. It could be a classroom, digital in the living room, hybrid, or homeschool!
What should be added to the time capsule?
You don’t have to add anything else to the time capsule besides what’s already been mentioned, but if you’re looking for ideas about fun things to put in, here’s a few!
- Pressed flowers
- Favorite shirt
- Letter from a friend
- Favorite recipe
- First homework assignment
Once you have it all compiled, you can choose to bury it, or just hide it somewhere! Or keep it somewhere in plain sight so you don’t lose it and promise not to open it! Maybe put a reminder in your phone so that you will remember to retrieve it at the end of the year or beginning of next school year. 😉
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