The first day of school after a long, fun summer can be a little sad. And exciting. And nerve-racking. For both the kids and the parents. Traditions are a great way to make the transition a little easier while getting everyone pumped for the school year ahead. If you’re looking to start a new back-to-school tradition with your family this year, this list is sure to give you some ideas. Start one (or more!) of these 14 First Day of School Traditions to make that first day back even more memorable.
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Now that we’re gearing up for school, we’ve been asking our son to give us some ideas for his school lunch. There’s no cafeteria at his school as a backup plan, so we have to make sure that the things we’ll pack for him are actually things he will eat. And, boy, is he a picky eater sometimes! However, we know that he loves meat, and since protein is an important part of any school lunch, we trust Boar’s Head as a quality brand with lots of products that kids enjoy.
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The first day of school is right around the corner for most of us (if you haven’t started already). So that means it’s time for school lunches, drop off and pick-up lines, and creating meaningful first day of school memories. Use our printable first day of school questionnaire to remember how your kids were at this age. It’s so much fun to look back on their answers from year to year!
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When school starts, mornings can get pretty hectic. Making sure that everyone is awake, fed, clean, and dressed while simultaneously getting ready for your own day (and having that essential morning cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee®) can make your house seem more like a circus than a home. And when it’s that early, and that busy, it can be hard to make sure that everything gets done. Times like those make it all too easy to just pass your kids some money and hope that whatever their school is serving for lunch is something they’ll eat. With these 13 Lunch Packing Hacks, you can ensure that your children are getting a lunch you approve of, without causing you extra stress in the morning.
Use a divided lunch box instead of a standard one. That way, you can easily portion your child’s food to ensure that they get all of the nutrients they need. If you don’t have a divided lunch box, you can use cupcake liners to create your own dividers, so you can still easily portion out food.
Instead of digging around your freezer in the morning in an attempt to find an ice pack to keep your child’s lunch cold, use their food or drink instead! Just pop some of their lunch in the freezer, stick it in their lunchbox in the morning, and by lunchtime, it will have thawed, so they can eat it.
If you’re packing something that can be crushed (like chips, pretzels, crackers, etc) put air in the baggie so that it stays in one piece until lunchtime. The air will cushion the food, so you can be sure your kids will be able to eat what you packed.
Typical pre-made, store-bought kids’ lunches can be a tempting way to cut time in the morning, but it’s also not the healthiest route. Get the same effect without sacrificing your child’s health by making your own “Lunchables” or “Uncrustables” on the weekend, so they’re ready to go during the school week when you need them. (Bonus: homemade uncrustables can also be used as an icepack!)
Have your kids bring EVERYTHING home, even trash. This way, you’ll know what your child is eating and what they didn’t like. It’ll also prevent them from accidentally throwing away items that aren’t supposed to be disposable.
If your child can’t (or won’t) eat apples unless they’re sliced, but you’re worried about them browning before lunchtime, try reassembling the apple after you slice it, and keeping it together with a rubber band or by wrapping it in saran wrap. It’ll keep the apple fresh longer.
Having a cold lunch every day can get pretty boring, and children are less likely to eat their lunch if it’s the same old same old. The solution? Heat up soup, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, or anything else you can think of in the microwave before school and put it in a thermos. That way, it’ll still be warm by the time lunch comes around.
Add a lunch box note to encourage your kiddo. The first day of school can be tough, but with the Best Day List and the free lunch box printables, your kid’s day can be a little bit brighter. My son was SO EXCITED to find the note that read “Have the best day ever” in his lunch box.
If you have a reusable water bottle, fill half of it with water, and place it on its side in the freezer over night. In the morning, fill the rest up with water. That way, the water will stay cold all day long, and you don’t have to spend time in the morning trying to get oversized ice cubes into an undersized bottle. My mom used to do this all the time when I was younger, and it’s a trick I still use to this day!
If your child refuses to eat crusts on sandwiches, try using a cookie cutter or a pizza cutter to get rid of the crusts. It takes so much less time than hacking away at it with a butter knife.
When you meal plan for the week, include your children’s lunches too! That way, you don’t have to spend time wondering what to make, and you’ll already have the ingredients at hand.
Instead of packing lunch in the morning, try packing it the night before when you have more time. Or, even better, pack all of their lunches for the whole week on Sunday night, so you don’t have to think about it until the next weekend. Of course, you can’t FULLY pack on Sunday night (unless you have five lunchboxes laying around) but even just setting everything up so you can easily grab it will save so much time.
And finally, drink a big cup of Seattle’s Best Coffee® to give you the morning perk you need to pack lunches, get everyone dressed (find ALL the shoes), run out the door, do the morning drop-off and spend the rest of your day looking at pictures of them when they were so small. That’s my plan, anyway. Get a $1 off coupon here!
While making sure that your kids get a good lunch certainly won’t help them find their shoes in time to make the bus, it should at least give you some breathing room in the morning, and more importantly, some peace of mind throughout the day. Hopefully, with these tips, this school year will be a lot less stressful.
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So, I’ve started college classes again. Although I already have my bachelor’s, I’ve found that I miss actively studying and learning new subjects, so I enrolled in a couple of classes at the local community college for personal enrichment. Yes, I’m that person who loved homework, studying and writing notes when I was in school. But… since it has been more than 10 years (okay, 12) since I’ve been in a college classroom, I knew I had to get organized and brush up on my study skills for this new adventure. Today, I’m going to share a few back to school organization printables with my fellow non-traditional students and share some study tips, too!
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Every year I have the best of intentions for the first day of school. I’ll do something really special for the kiddo. I’ll interview him and take cute and silly pictures to remember the day by. I’ll even have a thoughtful gift ready for his teacher to show our appreciation. That’s how things would go in theory. In reality, the first day of school is a little more hectic. I rush to get our son fed and dressed and out the door. I may snap a pic or two of him with his lunchbox and backpack. But I’ve never remembered the teacher gift. Ever. This year, Seattle’s Best Coffee is going to help me ensure that our son has the Best Day of School with minimal fuss.
1. Choose a simple back to school gift for your child’s teacher.
Do you know why I never get around to the gift? I make elaborate plans that I simply can’t make the time for. But when I thought about it, what’s something that both parents and teachers could use a little more of on the first day of school? Coffee! It makes the perfect back to school gift and morning pick-me-up. We’ve paired this cute mug, Seattle’s Best Coffee® k-cups and a printable gift tag to create this teacher’s gift. The gift tag reads “It’s such a perk to be in your class.” Cute, right? You can download the tags HERE to use for your own gift.
2. Interview your child to create a fun keepsake.
As a mom, some of my fondest memories are of the cute (and often profound) things my kiddo says. Why not interview your child on the first day of school to create a memento of how they felt that day? Seattle’s Best has provided a fun list of questions to ask in their Best Day List to make it easier to start this tradition with your kids. It even includes a handful of questions to ask your child after their first day. Neat!
3. Add a lunchbox note to let your children know you’re thinking of them.
As exciting as the first day of school is, it can be difficult for children to separate from their parents again. A thoughtful lunchbox note can let your child know you’re thinking of him. It’ll give him a little boost to get him through the rest of the day. I can’t wait to slip one into my son’s lunchbox. He’ll be so surprised!
4. Snap a silly picture before (or after) the first day of school.
This is our most important tradition, and this year it’ll be even easier with the printable photo props from the Best Day List. I know my son will adore the “Slither Me Timbers” prop! You can choose the color print option or black and white option to let your child color in their props.
5. Enjoy a cup of coffee to celebrate a successful First Day of School.
Moms and dads work hard to ensure that the back to school season goes off without a hitch, so you need to reward yourself, too. Grab a travel mug, pour yourself a cup of smooth Seattle’s Best Coffee®, and create some memories with the kiddos. You deserve it! Download the coupon to get $1 off.
What are your tips for ensuring a successful back-to-school experience for your kids? Leave us a comment to let us know!
The first day back to school can be pretty intimidating. Saying good-bye to summer, getting used to a new routine, and dealing with new, unfamiliar teachers can be a scary prospect for kids and parents alike. One great way to ease the back-to-school stress in your household is to throw a party to celebrate the coming year. These 10 Back to School Party Ideas will give you all the inspiration you need to give the summer a proper send-off and get your family excited for the new school year.
Make these fun back to school brownies with store bought brownies or your favorite homemade version. The kids will love finding these in their lunchboxes!
If you’re looking for fun lunchbox treats for your child’s first few days of school, you can’t get much cuter than these back-to-school brownies from our contributor, Christine.
My son is a chocolate fiend. He loves brownies almost as much as I do. While this particular recipe calls for store-bought brownies, you can easily substitute your own recipe. They’ll probably be even better that way!
Here’s what you need to make these sweet back-to-school treats.
Ingredients for Back to School Brownies:
Little Debbie Brownies (Blondies could work, too!)
Werthers caramel candy rolls
Wilton white icing gel tube
Ready to spread frosting
Wilton edible sugar apple decoration
1/4 cup Wilton yellow chocolate melts
Wilton black icing gel tube
How to Make Chalkboard Back to School Brownies
1. Microwave one caramel roll candy at a time for 8 seconds. Roll the candy to stretch it until it runs the length of the brownie. You’ll need 3 caramel candies per brownie. Place the stretched caramel on top of the brownie before it cools. It will adhere to the brownie once it cools.
2. Use the Wilton icing gel to write fun school-related phrases on each brownie.
3. Add a small amount of ready to spread frosting on the back of the Wilton apple decoration and attach to the caramel part of the smores chalkboard.
How to Make Ruler Back to School Brownies
1. Microwave 1/4 cup Wilton yellow chocolate melts for 35 seconds. Stir until melted.
2. Ice the brownies with the yellow icing and let set for 20 minutes.
3. Use the black icing gel to add the ruler lines and numbers.
For more back to school treats, check out our ABC Cookies!
What’s your child’s favorite dessert? Do you send sweets in the lunchbox, or do you save those for dessert after dinner?
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