Ultimate Back to School Guide: Activities


Summer is winding down, and families are about to enter Back to School season full force! And while kids may lament the end of lazy days, endless hours at the pool, camps and no homework, most of them are at least a little bit excited to get back to the school routine. In preparation, there are schedules to make, supplies to purchase, and a million other details to sort out. For moms, it can be quite overwhelming. But, in addition to these required tasks, there are also back to school activities that are just plain fun! City Mom Collective has a wealth of ideas for moms wanting to make Back to School a season of excitement and memories for the whole family.

Back to School Traditions

Simple first day of school traditions are easy ways to connect with our kids and create the fun, celebratory tone we want them to feel about school. These ideas for back to school activities from Indianapolis Moms are sure to get your family excited about the upcoming semester.

Simple First Day of School Traditions

The first day of school is everyone’s favorite day on social media! Excited, adorable kids posing in their new school clothes- what could be better?! Check out these fun, free printables from Albuquerque Mom to show off your kiddos and their new grade levels.

Free First Day of School Printables (4 Designs Updated for 2022-23)

Here are some more great back to school activities and traditions from Dallas Moms! We especially love the Boo Hoo Breakfast for moms!

5 Traditions to Start For the First Day of School

Celebrating Teachers

When checking things off your back to school activities list, don’t forget about your kids’ newest teachers! These are the men and women who are going to be spending the next 9 months with your children, and it’s great to start the year showing them that they are appreciated. Destin 30A Moms and Houston Moms have wonderful, creative ideas for gifts for these special educators.

A Back to School Teacher Gift Guide

Back to School Gifts {…yes, it’s a thing}

Books for Back to School

Whatever way your child is feeling about back to school, there’s a book for that! Charleston Moms has curated a list of books for young children to help calm their nerves and feel prepared for what’s to come as they enter the next grade level.

Book Recommendations to Help Calm Your Child’s Nerves (Preschool/School-Age)

Back to School Activities from Around the Web

group of children with backpacks eating ice cream

The internet is chock full of back to school activities. Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best resources for ideas for your family!

21 Exciting Back to School Ideas for Kids of Different Grades from SplashLearn

12 Fun First Week of School Traditions from Parents

10 Back to School Ideas That’ll Get Your Kids Excited from Taste of Home

20 Back to School Traditions to Try This Year from Tinybeans

24 First Day Photo Ideas to Start the Year Off Right from Tinybeans

Diverse Picture Books for the First Day of School from Class Library Lady

Shop Our Favorite Back to School Products

Back to School season is a time of anticipation and excitement for the whole family. We hope these resources will give you lots of ideas for starting traditions and making memories with your own children this year!

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Elizabeth was raised in Houston and met her husband Ryan shortly after graduating from Texas A&M with a journalism degree. A few years later, Grayson {Sept 2010}, turned Elizabeth’s world upside down, not only with his sparkling blue eyes and killer smile, but with his profound disabilities and diagnosis of Mitochondrial Disease. After two years of navigating the world of special needs parenting, Elizabeth and Ryan were blessed with Charlotte {Jan 2013} and Nolan {Sept 2015}, perfectly completing their party of five. Elizabeth and her crew live in Katy, Texas, and when she can steal a few moments for herself, she can be found out for Mexican food and margaritas with girlfriends, binge-listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or trying once again {unsuccessfully} to organize her closet. In addition to her role with City Mom Collective, Elizabeth is the Managing Editor for Houston Moms. You can connect with Elizabeth on Facebook, Instagram or elizabethkbaker.com.


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