The first day of school is getting closer and closer.. some kids might be returning students going into 2nd or 3rd grade, or you may have a little kid just starting preschool or kindergarten. Some kids may be excited, while others can be nervous (especially first time students). Try this fun activity from Becoming Martha to get your kid excited for the upcoming school year.
Here's how it works: There are 7 cards for the week leading up to school, everyday let your child pick the card (starting at 7 and going down) and read the contents on the back. On the back of the card, there will be a fun activity or back to school task that your child must do for that day. At the end of the day the can receive some kind of reward or treat! If you have more than one child going back to school, you can take turns reading the cards (which doesn't always work), or have them complete a task (like being the first one to make their bed, putting away their toys without being asked) and you can choose who gets to read the card that day!
To make this you will need:
-a large frame (the one pictured was a cork board torn apart, with fabric wrapped around the frame for decoration)
-wooden shapes for decorations (owl and "c" pictured, could use all children's initials)
-printables on card stock paper for the front of the countdown cards (get them here)
-printables for the back of the card (of course you could always personalize it and right your own, or get the pre-made one's here)
-twine or thin rope
-clothes pins (decorate with washi tape for extra color)
-treats (book bag key chain, candy, summer fun activity, ice cream date, they pick dinner out night, stickers, special pencils, diary, any type of school supplies)
Idea's for each day:
-record your favorite summer memory with decorative paper and pen
-help mom buy school snacks and pick out your lunch for the first day
-decorate a memory box with stickers to put all of the kids school work in this year
-estimate how many time you will write you name on your school supplies, then right your name on everything, the winner gets a candy treat
-bake cookies for your new teacher, but try a few with mom to make sure they are yummy
-pack your back pack for the first day, and add a new key chain to make it perfect
-pick out your favorite back to school outfit, then wear your favorite summer outfit for an ice cream date with mom
What's your favorite way to get your kid excited for the upcoming school year?