It’s about that time of the year, right parents? Schools in our area are gearing to start back up soon. My two kiddos don’t start back until the middle of August which still feels so early! Instead of springing it on them with “Hey kids, you’re going back to school tomorrow”, we made some Back to School Crafts as a fun way to get them used to the idea. While my preschool aged kids were working on our crafts on different days, we talked about what they could expect and I answered questions. The back to school crafts were great conversations starters.
Fun Back To School Crafts For Kids
For this first back to school craft, making paper countdown chains, I give you a full tutorial here. For the other crafts, I will provide a link for those tutorials.
Back To School Paper Chain Tutorial
This is one of the best back to school crafts because that they can count down the days and ease into the back to school time!
Supplies Needed for your Back To School Craft Paper Chain :
- construction paper (any color works)
- stapler or tape
How to make your Back To School Craft:
Gather your supplies and head to a table. If your child is old enough to use kid friendly scissors, he/she can help you cut out the paper chain strips of paper or they can help you write on the paper chain topper! Start by cutting strips of paper. The number of strips will be the number of days left until the first day of school! Once those are all cut out, lay those to the side. Making a topper for your child’s chain is next. We went with an apple (it’ simple to make) but your child can choose whatever he/she would like! Once you have sketched your object and cut it out, write a little somethings on the topper…your child’s name…their school…what grade they’re going in…whatever!
Once your topper and strips of paper are cut out, it’s time to make the back to school craft. Loop the strips in one another and staple together as you go. Once they’re all attached, hang in your child’s room or beside the front door! Pull one piece of the chain off each day. The first day of school will be the very last chain link to pull off!
Back To School Pencil Frame
This fun pencil frame is easy to make and so cute for framing first day of school pictures! They also make great grandparent gifts.
Back To School Bus Paper Craft
This cute and easy back to school paper craft is perfect for preschool kids. My toddlers won’t take the bus yet but they still get excited whenever they see one! Try this school bus craft.
Apple Handprint Craft
Apples are always associated with back to school season because it is nice to bring your teacher a little gift. My kids loved making their apple handprint crafts and they are so perfect for preschoolers. They make great keepsakes to remember their kindergarten year.
Make A Pencil Vase
This DIY pencil vase is a great way to get kids excited about their school supplies! They will love making this and it is super cute home decoration to get them excited or to give the teacher on the first day of school. Here’ how to make a pencil vase.
Do you think your child would enjoy the craft to count down the days till school starts? Which of these back to school crafts do you think they will like best?
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Cute idea! Maybe write helpful little notes on each link as they’re being put together. For example: You’ll get to make new friends, Listen to teacher, Always do your best work, etc. What you write could depend on whether your child is nervous, needs to be a listener, and so on.
I love that idea Mike! A great way to communicate about school while you craft:)