10 Back To School Traditions Your Kids Will Love

10 Back To School Traditions Your Kids Will Love | thegoodstuff

With all the uncertainty and anxiety surrounding back to school season this year, it can be hard to know how to maneuver it with your kids. Will they be learning in the classroom? At home? Will you adopt a hybrid of the two? Which ever direction your school district (or you) decide to go, there are some fun things you can do to help your kids transition from summer into the school year and help them get excited for what’s to come—whatever that looks like.

First, don’t skip on getting them some new things, even if homeschooling is on your agenda and they may not need as many supplies as in previous years. A few new back to school treasures can help them get excited for the new school year. To help you save, check out these great back to school deals for everything from clothes to shoes to backpacks to notebooks and folders.

Then, try adding a few new traditions, like these:

1. Countdown to school


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Build anticipation for school with a Countdown to School calendar. Use this countdown to create a game plan for easing back into the school year. Each day, plan to do one thing to get prepared, like scheduling a back to school shopping date, even if that’s online.

2. Back to school shopping date


Make a date with each of your children to go back to school shopping. This is a great way to sneak in a little one-on-one time with each child before the school year begins. And it doesn’t have to be at the mall or at a store; you can set a time for an online shopping date complete with their favorite snack or lunch and a shopping playlist you create with some of their favorite tunes.

Once you’ve made your game plan, be sure to check for back to school deals and coupons at stores like Target, Walmart, Office Depot, Staples, and more.

3. Organize their school year


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Back to school time can mean new activities, homework, projects and other things to track. Get organized by creating a school binder for each child. Make a section for:

  • School projects and weekly tests
  • Sports calendars
  • Extracurricular activities like drama or science club
  • Community groups like Boy Scouts or Brownies

You can keep all the information sheets, dates, and phone lists in one place instead of rummaging through drawers to find that one piece of paper.

4. Plan a back to school dinner


The night before school starts is the perfect time to stay in and celebrate as a family. Cook up a special meal the kids will love like this 15-minute pesto pasta or cilantro-lime chicken tacos and be sure to linger around the table after you’re all done eating to talk about their fears or expectations about the school year.

It’s natural for kids to be excited while also feeling sad to see summer end. They can experience feelings of apprehension thinking about the unknown of a new class, new school, and new friends. Dinnertime is a great time to talk about these feelings. Make a game of it with table talk. Here are a few questions you can print out and put in a jar, then pass them around and let everyone answer.

  1. Give your summer a grade and explain why you feel that way.
  2. What was the highlight of this summer?
  3. What did you wish we had done this summer?
  4. What are you looking forward to this year at school?
  5. What makes you a little scared about going back to school?

5. Back to school breakfast


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Breakfast can be a simple tradition of sticking one candle for each grade in a waffle. Sing “Happy Back to School” to the tune of “Happy Birthday,” and then let them make a wish for the school year.

6. Encourage them with lunch notes


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Make a special snack like the cereal bars below and attach a little note of encouragement for the day. Print a sheet of these notes and keep them with your plastic bags so you remember to include them in each day’s lunch or maybe with an afternoon snack.

7. Pack them a sweet treat: Browned-Butter Cereal Bars with Chocolate Drizzle


The first day of school calls for a classic treat with a modern twist. The browned butter gives a slightly nutty flavor to these beloved cereal bars. The kids will eagerly jump in and help you drizzle them with white and milk chocolate.


  • 8 ounces butter
  • 1 10-1/2-ounce bag marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 12-ounce box Rice Krispies® cereal
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil, divided into 2 parts
  • 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips


  1. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment or wax paper, or butter it well.
  2. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat. It will melt, then foam, then turn clear with a golden hue, and finally start to turn brown and smell nutty. Stir often.
  3. When butter is evenly browned, stir in marshmallows, vanilla, and salt. Melt and cook, stirring often, until mixture turns pale brown. Turn off heat, add cereal, and mix well. Use a spatula to scrape into prepared pan and press down lightly. Let cool.
  4. Place white chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Melt in 30-second increments. Stir and place in a frosting bag. Snip off end of bag and drizzle back and forth over cereal bars. Repeat process with milk chocolate chips. Cool and cut into bars.

8. Capture the moments


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Pictures create a great snapshot of how the kids are growing and changing. They give you lifelong memories that you’ll all cherish down the line. Make sure to take a few minutes to capture the first day. Be creative and think beyond the standard shots by adding a sign or a funny face. Some other ideas are:

  • Pick a place to take a photo every year, like the front door, so you can see how they’re growing up
  • Sibling photos
  • Parent photos
  • Teacher and child photos, if possible

9. Make a grade sign


Source: I Heart Naptime

It’s easy to print out homemade or already created signs, then tape a pencil to the back and have your child hold it up for a photo session before school.

10. Have fun with a chalkboard sign


Source: Adventures of Bradysitting

Get a chalkboard sign and document the day. Before you send them off to school, erase your first message and write something funny like “Stop crying, Mom!”


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