It’s hard to believe that it’s time to start talking about Back to School already. I mean, it feels like summer just started! But a quick glance at the calendar tells me that the big day is practically here.
I won’t lie – there’s a small part of me that will be doing a little happy dance that first day when the bus pulls away. There’s been a lot of bickering and arguing among my five kids as of late…
But I’ll also miss the one-on-one time that summers afford me, as well as being able to schedule spontaneous family outings any day of the week. So we’ll be making the most of our time before school starts by cooking and crafting and creating fun memories.
I’m still planning exactly what projects we’re going to tackle, but in the meantime, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites that we’ve done as a family in the past.
Washi Tape Personalized School Supplies
School supplies just don’t get any cuter than these basics
that have been doctored up with Washi tape! Young children will need some help
using the X-acto knife for trimming the tape (or scissors will work as well),
but they’ll have a blast choosing colors and patterns and wrapping the Washi
tape to personalize all of their school supplies.
Create A Homework Box
This is a little project that we complete every year as
we’re shopping for school supplies. We pick up an extra or two of all of the
items on our list that we may need to use for homework assignments, and pick up
a plastic storage box that will house them all. It makes homework time so much
simpler because the supplies are specifically designated for homework only,
meaning those house-wide hunts for a glue stick or scissors are a thing of the
DIY Friendship Pins Kit
Do you remember friendship pins? I put this adorable kit
together for my girls when my youngest was starting first grade. She was a
little nervous about being in school all day for the first time, and showing
her how to make friendship pins was a great way to get her excited about going
to school. She couldn’t wait to pass out her creations to her classmates – the
pins were the perfect way to help her connect with old and new friends!
DIY No-Crust Frozen Peanut Butter & Jelly
Prep for school lunches by making a huge batch of these
homemade No-Crust PB & J sandwiches. Dare I say my kids might prefer
their custom creations to the store-bought variety? Making a huge batch in the
days before school starts will make packing those lunches a snap!
No Bake Peanut Butter Bars for Back To School
I’d recommend waiting to whip up a batch of the no bake PB
bars until the night before school starts; any sooner and they just won’t last!
Three main ingredients, plus your choice of mix-ins, means that this recipe can
be made to please. They double as an on-the-go breakfast and a delicious after
My favorite aspect of all of these projects is that they take very little time and effort, leaving plenty of time for laughing and chatting about the upcoming school year. We all start to go a little stir crazy when the hottest days of summer are upon us, but activities like these always bring us together and end up being tons of fun.