I can’t believe that the beginning of the school year is just around the corner! The summer always seems to go by faster than I plan and while it has been fun, it has also been a little crazy in our house with 3 little kiddos running around (I’m sure many of you moms know exactly what I mean). This year, we’ll be putting our 3 year old in pre-school for the first time and I know he’s super excited about it! He’s been waiting to go ever since his brother started kindergarten last year.
Today, I’m happy to share with you a “First Day of School Sign” that you can use to capture your cute kiddos on the first day of a new school year. These make it so much easier to help you remember what they looked like on the first day of school in a new grade and what year they actually started that grade. They’re also great for scrapbooking or using them as a binder cover that you keep your child’s projects in for safekeeping.
I’d love to see how you use your First Day of School sign on Instagram! Have a great school year!
We have a couple things to look forward to this summer. First and most importantly, school is almost out! The next big thing on our list is our family vacation to Hawaii, and let me tell ya, we are pretty excited about it. My 3 year old will do the hula dance and it is hilarious, I can’t wait for him to see the real thing! With Hawaii on our minds, I came up with this fun Pineapple Countdown. It’s the perfect way for all of us to see how many days we have left, and a great way to help our 3 year old learn to count (and get his numbers in the correct order).
Everything is easy to put together, the only party I had trouble with was the pineapple tops. I don’t know about your freehand cutting skills but my pineapple tops were garbage. So I made it easier on myself (and for you) with a printable that you can print on green construction paper and you can cut out as many as you need.
Get everything cut out and ready to go. I cut my strips about 1″-1.5″ thick, and cut it horizontally so I had more strips from one piece of paper.
Stick two pieces of tape onto the back of a pineapple top, as pictured above. This doesn’t have to be fancy, since you’ll be taking off the loops as you countdown your days.
Place the pineapple top onto the middle of a green strip of paper, and then form a circle and hold it together with a piece of tape.
Add another “chain” to the green strip by placing the yellow strip of paper through the green strip and holding it together with tape. Then add another yellow strip as pictured above. Your pineapple top may look like it’s going to move all over the place, but I promise once it’s hanging, you can adjust it the way you like and it will stay!
Then add a white strip of paper after the yellow loop and continue the pattern again. It should look like the picture above.
Keep on adding loops until you’ve reached the desired length of your countdown. These are also great for party decorations! I love how these turned out. My husband told me these cracked him up, but I think it got him pretty excited about our upcoming vacation!
What are you counting down for? Share yours on Instagram or Facebook!
Teacher’s appreciation week is next Tuesday, May 2nd to be exact, and what better way to tell your child’s teacher that you care with these fun gift tags! My kindergartner has “technology day” once a week and his teacher for that class hands out some fun Emoji prizes if the students have done well that day, and he absolutely loves it. Since he liked it so much, I thought he would love giving these to his teachers!
I wrapped these tags around a bag of candy in some treat bags ( 4 x 9.5 inches ) and cut down the tops a little, folded the bag down and sealed it off with a piece of tape. You can wrap these tags around any sweet treat or attach it to any gift! They’re so fun you’re kids and their teacher(s) will love it!
After a nice, long summer hiatus, I have finally returned. I wasn’t planning on taking a leave of absence, but this summer has been a busy, but fun one! We had a month long of cousin fun, visited new museums, parks and swim centers, and enjoyed getting our tan on. I am definitely much darker than I was the beginning of summer and my kids have very noticeable tan lines… it cracks me up! Their bums have never looked so white.
I know that many schools are already back in session, but my mother-in-law is a school teacher, and their first day is tomorrow. This past week, she’s been in crunch mode and I was able to help out with getting her classroom already for the school year. JD, who is 1 year away from starting kindergarten, has been having a blast helping his Grammy set up her class.
Normally, my MIL is a speech therapist, but this year she’s teaching Kindergarten and asked me to create these adorable “Fish” treats to give to her class. In addition to kindergarten, I’ve also created labels for all the grades in elementary school and preschool. Your kids are going to love these!
Since I created these in Adobe Illustrator, I did my best to line them up to the Avery Template 5263 labels. They aren’t perfect, but I’ve created PDF files that will fit onto those labels and get the job done. If you can figure it out in Word or in another program, I also made a separate .JPG file that you can paste in Word or another program and set them up that way.
Hope you and your kids have a great school year!!!