The first day of school is around the corner and no matter how old my children are, I want to make it super special, without adding too much stress or expectation. It can be a stressful day, so I want to make sure that they can feel my love and support, even while they are at school. Here are some great ideas I found that can make any child’s first day at school awesome.

First Day of School Pictures (for Mom)

I still insist on the First Day of School pictures from my girls, even though they are pretty sure they’re too old for them. It’s so fun to look back at them at the end of the year and see how much they’ve grown. This is one that they will be thankful for later, and probably not too excited about at the time. Oh well. It can’t all be about them, right?! Momma wants pictures!

Melissa Made This back to school pictures

Tips on Making the First Day Lunch Memorable

If your kid packs a lunch or snack, add something special. Last year, I sent them with a specially decorated school-themed sugar cookies from an awesome local cookie maker. Super cute, but no extra work for me. 

back to school specialty cookies

If you’re feeling super “extra”, as my kids love to say, you can get cutesy,  and use cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into different shapes. From a unicorn to a dog to stars to Christmas trees and more, a cookie-cutter is a simple and easy way to take their sandwich from boring to special, and it takes just a few seconds to do. Little kids would love it. I probably wouldn’t do it for older kids though. I can just hear mine rolling their eyes. 

I’d also recommend not getting too crazy unless you want to continue it all year. They might like those sandwiches so much that they ask for them all year long. Lol Mine mostly buy their lunches at school now, and I have to say, I don’t hate it. 

Whip It, Tease It, Style It: First Day of School Hair Tips

My girls‘ school has a fairly strict dress code, so they share their personal style via their hair for the most part. The good news is that hairstyles these days are pretty low-maintenance – unlike in the 80’s and 90’s when we sprayed our hair into submission. 

Melissa Made This 90s hair styles glamour shots

Straight hair with layers that frame the face is the standard for most girls these days, but the length may vary. Adding a pop of color with bows or barrettes is simple to add and easy.  Sometimes they even let me French braid their hair, which I think is so cute. 

braided hair styles

Oh, and apparently scrunchies are back in style, but not in your hair. My kids wear them as bracelets now. Who knew that could be a thing?

Backpack Packing in Style

Packing the backpack is an important part of getting ready for back to school, and adding some personal touches to their belongings allows them to show their personality. Start with the choice of a backpack, which is a very personal decision for most kids. There are a variety of types, from characters to patterns to solid colors to choose from. My girls went with basic solids this year, which should wear well and match everything. 

Then you move on to accessories for the outside. From unicorn phone chargers to squishies to keychains and more, there are many choices to add to the zippers on the outside of the backpack. My youngest daughter (10) likes to put all kinds of bling and squishies on her backpack, whereas my oldest daughter (14) prefers a cleaner, more conservative look. 

School Supply Shopping – Be Prepared

I added school supplies as another topic because it’s a BIG DEAL at our house. Choosing their supplies can be a lot of fun because there are so many options. Depending on the personality of each child, school supply shopping varies greatly for us. For my oldest, school supply shopping day is her favorite day of the year. I’m not kidding. She gathers all her syllabi and makes a huge master list. Then, we drop her off at Office Depot to pick everything out herself. She puts a lot of thought into it and loves organizing it all when she gets home. 

Of course, if your child doesn’t want to shop in the store, you can even shop Office Depot online and they will even help you find your school’s supply list.

My youngest is not terribly interested in it. I order the box of supplies that the school offers, and they mail it to the house. (Isn’t that the best idea?! I wish they would offer it for all the grades, but it’s only for elementary.) She’ll want to add some cute pencils and notebooks with glitter or unicorns, and then we’re done. Easy peasy for Mom and both girls are happy campers.

early school supply shopping

Locker Decor to Brighten Their Days

I’m not sure if locker decorations are a thing everywhere, but because our school is K4-12 and used to be a big middle school, all the grades have lockers. In elementary school especially, it’s a big deal to have your locker decorated. My youngest is all about some locker bling. Luckily, you can get it at most office supply stores and at Michael’s and Hobby Lobby now. The best part, it’s not crazy expensive. We used our 40% off Hobby Lobby coupon for a locker chandelier for my youngest. Yep. You read that right. Chandeliers for all the little divas in your life. Lol. We go the weekend before school to Meet the Teacher Day and get the locker all blinged out and ready for the first day of school. 

Locker Decor to Make the First Day of School Unforgettable

You can help make the first day of school awesome for any child by including a few (or all) of these fun things for your children. You could even purchase a few surprise additions for them to discover, along with a note from you, to make it even more special. Back to school time doesn’t have to be quite so stressful, even for us last minute moms. We just need to make a plan!

The first day of school can be great with a little thought and imagination. Make it a day to remember! (See how those pictures are going to come in handy?)

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