Top 10 Back to School Tips


You’ll love these top 10 back to school tips, printables, recipes, and first day of school activities.  These are great organizational tips for mom, gifts and traditions for the kiddos, and meet the teacher gift ideas.

back to school hacks and tips

This has been such a fun week with the most amazing ideas. My boys start school in a little over a week and I’m completely inspired to start new traditions and try new organizational ideas.

Thank you for the inspiration. {{hugs}}

For Mom:

Jill submitted her Check List for School Clothes Shopping. This is such a great idea!

Here’s an article on 10 ways to make the switch from summer to school.

For the Kids:

Marie wrote a cute post and craft idea using the book The Kissing Hand a great book to read to a child who may be a little apprehensive about starting school.

Shauna also posted about her back to school traditions and activities with her kiddos that include the Kissing Hand book.

The Junior Society did a post with all kinds of fun alarm clocks to get your sweetie up in time.

Back to School Survival Kit (ready to print)

Toothpick: To remind you to pick the good qualities in everyone, including yourself.
Rubber band: To remind you to be flexible. Things might now always go the way you want, bit it can be worked out.
Band-aid: To remind you to heal hurt feelings, either yours or someone else’s.
Eraser: To remind you everyone makes mistakes. That’s okay, we learn by our errors.
Candy Kisses: To remind you everyone needs a hug or a compliment every day.
Mint: To remind you that you are worth a mint to your family.
Bubble Gum: To remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything.
Pencil: To remind you to list your blessings every day.

Teacher Gifts:

Teacher Survival Kit (ready to print)

Crayon: To color your day.
Mounds: For the mounds of stuff you teach.
Peanuts: To get a little nutty.
Band-Aids: For when things get a little rough.
Marbles: To replace those you might loose from time to time.
Sponge: To soak up the overflow when your brain is too full.
Puzzle Piece: Without, things wouldn’t be complete.
Lifesaver: For when you’ve had one of those days.
Hugs & Kisses: To make everything worthwhile.
Bath Salts: To “take you away” when you’ve had a bad day.
Cup: For when your is too full.

Do you like the “survival kit” idea? Here are several more to create for your new teachers.

Angela made these cuties for her kiddo’s new teachers.

Cindy has hooked us up with back to school teacher appreciation gift ideas.

Beth submitted her ‘teachers are worth a 100 grand’ poster.

I’ve already blogged about Teacher Appreciation gifts here, here, here and hereThanks Ladies! If you don’t already have a “I was Featured” button, feel free to copy the code and wear it proudly on your blog. These are fantastic ideas!

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  1. Those are great ideas I can modify for my oh-so-cool 12 year old (…who I swear is 12 going on 30!)

    I have two tips to share:
    1. My kiddo brown bags her lunch and one thing I like to do is put stickers on her sandwich baggies. She has a dark and twisted sense of humor and would gag if I used something cute and/or smiley, so I use letter stickers and spell out words like: “salmonella” or “100% donkey bologna” or “don’t eat this.” She thinks it’s funny, and nobody forces her to trade at the lunch table.
    2. I go to the dollar store and pick up party supplies like luau napkins and bright green forks/spoons and tiki straws. Every now and then I pack her lunch with these supplies (and maybe a spare for a friend) to make lunch more exciting.

  2. Those are great ideas. I love the survival kits. We did those in our MOPS group for mommies.

  3. Hey Laurie!

    Fab ideas, yet again. Our kids don’t start school until September 2nd, but the panic is already setting in… Love the clothes shopping list. It’s amazing how much those little legs and arms grow over the summer!

    Enjoy your weekend!

  4. So many great ideas this week! Love the Back to School clothes checklist…brilliant. And the Survival kit printouts…very cute!

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