No doubt back to school season is fresh on everyone’s minds these days! I know it is for us. Between school shopping, coordinating pop warner football schedules and making lists of school supplies, the upcoming school year is a pretty much the constant topic of conversation. Some kids are all about starting school for the year, but for some kids it can be a serious source of anxiety. My suggestion? Make back-to-school season a celebration! By spending time as a family generating excitement, school will feel more like an adventure than an intimidating experience. To help ease the end-of-summer transition, check out these 10 kid-friendly crafts to help celebrate the start of the school year!
10 Kid-Friendly Crafts to Celebrate Back to School 1 of 11
Click through for 10 kid-friendly crafts to help make the start of the school year feel like a celebration!
Wooden Apple Garland 2 of 11
This sweet and simple garland made from easy-to-use wood veneer paper cut into apple shapes and craft paint is the perfect way to welcome the start of school! Kids can help make one for their new teacher or to hang over the desk in their bedroom to encourage their academic pursuits.
Get the how-to at One Charming Party | Photo by The Proper Pinwheel
Back-to-School Notebook Paper T-shirt 3 of 11
I am obsessed with this adorable DIY T-shirt as the perfect back-to-school attire! Using a plain white shirt, tape and fabric spray paint, kids will be excited to rock this awesome tee as they head back to school. They can help decorate it with their very own doodles!
Get the how-to at I Love to Create | Designed by Lauri Eaton and created by Kristen Thompson
Milk Carton Printables 4 of 11
Get kids excited for school by having them get in on the action of packing their lunch for the first day. These free milk carton printables are perfect for stashing cookies and other treats that will tuck right in their lunch box. They can even bring an extra one for their teachers, too!
Download them for free at The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Kristen of Paper Crave
Fancy Paper Lunch Bags 5 of 11
Another idea for packing the ultimate back-to-school lunch — fancy brown paper lunch bags! Simply download the free design, run your lunch bags through your printer at home and then get the kids involved in stashing away their favorite snacks. I love the idea of sweet little messages printed on each bag!
Download the designs for free at Oh Happy Day
Striped Pencils 6 of 11
Make organizing school supplies much more fun by getting the kiddos involved in giving their pencils a little extra kick with stripes! They're made really easily with strips of striped paper, ModPodge and a foam brush, so kids will love helping!
Get the how-to Whisker Graphics | Photo by Lauren Elise Crafted
Colored Pencil Necklace 7 of 11
For those little girls who love donning pretty jewelry, make back to school feel like an outright fashion show by making this adorable DIY colored pencil necklace! Mom or Dad can take care of cutting the colored pencils down to size and the little ones can string them into a necklace.
Get the how-to at Design Mom | Photo by Kate of Mini Eco
School Days Printables 8 of 11
Complete with cupcake toppers, an easy-to-make garland, and little messages perfect for stashing in the kids' lunch boxes, these printables make for the ultimate back-to-school celebration! Messages encouraging them to "meet one new friend today" and "grab a great book for tonight," kids will look forward to meeting new people, and trying new things in and out of the classroom.
Download them for free at The Sweetest Occasion | Photo by Hank + Hunt
DIY Crayon Vase 9 of 11
Channel nervous energy over meeting their new teacher by crafting up this sweet little vase to give as the ultimate teacher's gift! It uses a simple glass vessel, crayons and hot glue. You can wield the hot glue gun, and they can arrange the colors in whichever order they like best.
Get the how-to at A Little Clarification
Back-to-School Alphabet Hunt 10 of 11
Send nervous little ones off to the first day of school with promises of a fun game after school! After completing the alphabet scavenger hunt style, reward them with an after school snack and fun little prizes like stickers and markers.
Download the alphabet printables at One Charming Party | Photo by Sara Schmutz
Hand-Sewn Notebooks 11 of 11
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