Back to School Ideas

If you haven’t noticed yet, we’ve had a bunch of back to school ideas for you this year! Reason being, Savannah and I both have our oldest kiddos starting Kindergarten and our 2nd oldest kids in Preschool! It’s SO bittersweet for me because my 5 year old gets bored easily at home and is ready to be challenged a bit. We definitely run out of things to do that can entertain both my 5 year old and my 1 year old. I mean, you can only go to the park so many times and play legos for so many hours! ;) They’re great at entertaining each other most of the time but like I said, we’re all ready for some structure and routine. I’ve rounded up a ton of fun Back to School ideas for you today! Everything from lunch ideas to First Day of School printables to Teacher’s gifts and more! Hope you enjoy them and can put most or all of them to great use!

Teacher’s Survival Kit Gift Idea – this is awesome to give your child’s teacher on the first day!

Here’s another super cute gift idea for teachers! This DIY School Jar is definitely going to impress your kid’s new teacher!

I LOVE this DIY insulated lunch box for the kid’s to take to school. My son would love this fabric choice too!

First Day of School Printable Signs – Click here to go to the downloads for each grade.

These felt pencil bookmarks are so darling and super easy to make!

School Lunch Food Printable for the fridge – These keeps lunch items off limits for other meals!

These healthy school lunch ideas will help eliminate the stress of packing lunches in the morning.

School Clothes Labels – I LOVE to lay out my kids’ clothes for the next day and this is a dream come true for my over organized, OCD tendencies. *winks*

These After School Snack ideas are good enough for parents and kiddos! Yummy!

School Money Printable – Sending money with kiddos can be nerve wrecking and probably not the best idea to hand your youngin’ a wad of cash. I love this idea so there’s no mistake where the money needs to go when they get to school.

Don’t head to the store without these Back to School Checklists for each age level. These are the basics and essentials for each age.

My kid’s will LOVE these Silly Stories to fill out. Like MadLibs! So cute and fun!

Back to School Ideas

So do your kiddos start school soon? Already started? Mine don’t start until September!

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First Day of School Free Printable Signs

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Last year, these First Day of School Free printable signs were a huge hit and I have had a ton of requests for the new school year version! Welcome the 2014-2015 school year and snap a picture of your kid(s) on their first day! I am excited to add a few new ones this year like “First day of Junior High”, “First day of High School” (if your high schoolers will still let you snap a picture of them on their first day!) and “First day of School!” for families to get a picture together with all of the kiddos.

Download the printables by clicking the appropriate link for the grade level you need below.

 

Tips for printing:

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1. Make sure you printing Landscape (wide), not Portrait(tall).

2. Select Scale to Fit (or similar setting on your computer) and make sure you can print the entire image. These are high resolution printables so you can print them at pretty much any size so make sure you scale to fit the paper you are printing on. I like to use “Print Entire Image” then trim it down if I need to after it prints.

3, Print on heavy cardstock or mount your printed paper on something sturdy so the kiddos don’t bend it all up during your First Day of School photoshoot!

 

**UPDATE: Unfortunately, due to the high volume of requests, I am unable to personalize these printables and/or email individual .jpg files. I have added all of the images (HERE) so you can save them to your computer and print if the .pdf download isn’t working for you! Hope that helps!!!

 

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I really hope you and your kids enjoy these printables! Be sure and tag us on instagram (@classyclutter) if you use one!

We LOVE to see our printables in action!

You might also want to check out these other awesome Back to School Printables!

Back to School Printables

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Back to School Printables

Hey everyone! It’s Courtney from Paperelli and I am beyond excited to share these back to school printables with you. Summer is coming to a close and school is just around the corner. Preparing to go back to school should be fun and easy!

 

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Thinking back to my school days, my absolute favorite part of going back to school was school shopping. Who doesn’t love brand new fall clothes and a fresh stack of unused school supplies? Make your back to school shopping a little simpler with this organized Back to School Checklist.

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DOWNLOAD CHECKLIST HERE

Another great way to get the kids excited to go back to school is by getting them involved in planning school lunches. I remember eyeing the food in the fridge and pantry that we were supposed to save for school. Knowing that the food was off limits, except for school lunches, made me even more excited for school to start!

Check out these school lunch food labels I made for you. Perfect labels to help your children remember what foods they can and cannot eat and keep them excited for school lunch making time.

Back to School Printable - School Lunch Labels

DOWNLOAD FOOD LABELS HERE

This next printable is not only fun, but also makes those crazy school mornings a little less crazy. I have designed for you these days of the week clothing labels. Laying out school outfits the night before, or even the week before can help save you from rummaging through drawers and laundry baskets on Monday morning looking for a matching outfit.

Back to School Printables - School Clothes Tags

DOWNLOAD CLOTHING LABELS HERE

Needing to send money to school with the kids feels like a weekly occurrence. No more worrying about the money getting lost in their backpacks. Keep it simple and teach the kiddos to stay organized with these school money labels. Toss the label in a sandwich bag, staple to an envelope, or paste directly to dollar bill (haha, just kidding!) Then, just toss it in their backpacks or homework folder and you’re all set!

Back to School Printable - School Money Tags

DOWNLOAD MONEY LABELS HERE

Back to School Silly Stories is the final back to school printable and my possibly the most fun. Enjoy some playtime with the kids and get their creative juices flowing. Fill out these “silly stories” about their school and teacher, then watch them giggle as you read them out loud.

Back to School Printables - Silly Stories

DOWNLOAD SILLY SCHOOL STORIES HERE and HERE

I hope you all have a great rest of your summer and a fun and easy transition back to school!

Thank you Courtney for sharing your amazing printables with us! Savannah and I both have little ones starting Kindergarten and Preschool this year so these are SO perfect! Don’t forget to check out Courtney’s Etsy shop, Paperelli and follow her on Instagram, and Pinterest!

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100+ Summer Activities for Kids

I don’t know about you but I am only a week into summer and I have already heard “I am Bored” at least 50 times. I am already so tired of it! This being the case I have collected these awesome ideas to help with the keeping your kids busy this summer. I love all of these ideas because all different and pretty easy to do with kids. And I mean with 101 different ideas you are bound to find some that your kids will enjoy.

101 Summer Activities for kids

Homeade GAK

1.  Homemade Gak! I love this stuff!

2. Bake Cookies

3.  Do puzzles

4. Play board games

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5.Gooey Monster Cookies

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6. Fruity Pebbles Popsicles

7. Color

8. Make and send homemade cards to family

9.  Do watercolor paintings

Painter's Tape Spider Web 10. Painter’s tape spider web 

11. Write a pen-pal letter

12. Use tape and make a hopscotch court

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13. Makes Deviled Egg Boats

14. Have a play date

15. Have a “camp out” in the living room

Mess Free Finger Paint 16. Mess free finger painting -  My kids loved this one!

17. Go to a children’s museum

18.  Play legos

Build a teepee

19.  Build a teepee or a fort

20. Make and play in a ball pit!

Balloon Ping Pong

21. Balloon Ping Pong

  Velcro Sticks

22. Velcro sticks – have fun making them and making shapes and letters out of them.

DIY $1 Book Ledges 23. Read to your kids. Read with them. Teach them. Love them.

24. Make Ollieblocks and play! These have been on my “to do” list for a long time.

Tape Race Track 25. Masking tape race track – source unknown.

If anyone knows where to find the original source, please let me know in the comments! Love this idea and my kids had a blast!

Jello cookies

 26. Jello cookies – this recipe makes DIY colored play dough AND colorful Jello Cookies

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27. Water Bucket Sponge Fight

28. Go Swimming

29. Fly kites

30. Go to the park

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31. Homemade Bubble Maker

32.  Draw with sidewalk chalk

33.  Do puzzles

34. Have a water balloon fight

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35. 60 Days of Summer Tutorial with Printables

36. Jump on the trampoline with the hose

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37. Newspaper Snowball Fight

39. Play in the sprinklers

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40. DIY Rainbow Slime

41. Go to the beach

41. Make cookies 

42. Go to the movies.

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43. Edible Water Beads

44. Play with blocks

45. Paint pictures

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45. Ice Volcanoes

46. Write a cousin pen-pal letter.

47. Make homemade popsicles

PicMonkey Collage ice 48. Pretend Melting Ice Cream

49. Play hopscotch

50. Visit grandparents

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51. Water Beads in a Water Balloon

52. Go on a scavenger hunt

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53. Color Mixing with Ice

54. Paint rocks

55. Go to the zoo with your Zoo passport

56. Play in a sandbox

57. Pick flowers

58. Have a tea party (with fruit punch!)

59. Go on a road trip

60. Go hiking

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61. Marshmallow Shooters

62. Ride bikes

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63. Water Balloon Games

64. Jump rope

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65. Drive In Movie Night

66. Go bowling

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67. Pool Noodle Games

68. Go to an aquarium

69. Play on a seesaw

70. Build a fort

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71. Ice Activity For Kids

72. Camp out in the family room

73. Visit a kid’s museum

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74. Collect Bugs with this Bug Jar

75. Go to an ice cream/frozen yogurt shop

76. Play board games

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77. Bouncing Bubbles

78. Have a movie marathon

79. Take a nap

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80. Soap Boat Races

81. Make s’mores

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82. Summer Activities Coupon Book

83. Tie dye t-shirts

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84. Homemade Sand Paint

85. Color a picture

86. Make Jello play dough and cookies

87. Go on a family walk

88. Go fishing

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89. Kiddie Car Wash

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90.Painting with Water

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91. ” I SPY” Neigborhood Walk

92. Catch bugs

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93. Busy Bags

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94. Old Fashion Backyard Games

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95. Sidewalk Chalk Paint

96. Have a picnic

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97. Make a Kite

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98. Summer Ice Fishing

99. Go to an arcade

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100. Make a backyard water park

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101. DIY Water Slide

Hopefully with this awesome list you will never hear “I’m bored!” again!

I hope you have the best summer EVER!

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Last Day of School Printables

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Hello everyone! Summer is upon us and the kiddos are just about out of school! You guys loved my First Day of School Chalkboard Printables (over 20,000 pins! Thank you!!!) so I couldn’t leave you hanging for the last day of school printables!

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I have created Preschool – 12th grade. Be sure to save and print whichever grade you’re kiddo is in and take a photo of them to document this milestone! Especially little ones, they grow up too too fast!

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Download by clicking the link below to the ones you need:

Last Day of Preschool Printable

Last Day of Pre-K Printable

Last Day of Kindergarten Printable

Last Day of 1st Grade Printable

Last Day of 2nd Grade Printable

Last Day of 3rd Grade Printable

Last Day of 4th Grade Printable

Last Day of 5th Grade Printable

Last Day of 6th Grade Printable

Last Day of 7th Grade Printable

Last Day of 8th Grade Printable

Last Day of 9th Grade Printable

Last Day of 10th Grade Printable

Last Day of 11th Grade Printable

Last Day of 12th Grade Printable

Don’t forget to come back in July for the 2014-2015 Back to School Printables!

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How to mow your lawn – a Mom’s guide.

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Confession: until Friday, I did not know how to mow the lawn. Well, I know how but I didn’t know how to use a common push lawnmower. I know, ridiculous. Do you know how?? Growing up my Dad had a driving lawnmower because we had a bit of land to mow and our front yard was mostly gravel and river rock with some shrubs and stuff so a normal push lawnmower wasn’t really necessary. Hence, me never learning how to do it. I feel like this is one of those things you need to know how to do. Kind of like riding a bike or changing a tire. You just need this skill. I was lacking it for far too long.

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Isn’t this pink tree down the street amazing? Photo via my iPhone/Instagram feed.

Our lawnmower bit the dust last Fall and Winter came and we didn’t need one. Fast forward past the longest winter ever and it’s now Spring in New York and the grass is growing! YAY! I loooove Spring, you guys. The winter chill is gone, birds sing, flowers bloom, my kids can go outside(!!!) and the sun is out. This Arizona girl needs sun. Oh my gosh, PS. the cutest little red robin made a nest in my tree right beside my porch and it was SOOO cute!!! It’s so tiny and has a bright blue robin egg inside the perfect little nest.

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Anyway, we got a new lawnmower this week and it was time I learned to use it. It’s always bugged me that I didn’t know how. It’s not hard at all, I’ve just never had anyone show me before. I thought to myself, I wonder if there are other girls out there that could use a little walk through of this pretty easy, absolutely necessary skill

1. Check to make sure there is gas in it. Easy.

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2. Check the oil. All lawn mowers are a little different but it’s got the same little dipstick thing that a car has. Make sure it’s full so your engine is lubricated and doesn’t cease up. That’d be bad.

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3. Prime it by pushing this little red button 3 times.

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4. Grasp the handle bar and the skinny bar that starts the lawnmower. I could not find the real name of that bar for the life of me but just know, the lawnmower will not start unless it is pulled back flush with the handle bar. Use the pull start (the cord with a little handle) to start the engine. It may take a couple pulls.

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5. Start by mowing your perimeter. You can have half of the mower on your driveway or sidewalk to get the very edge.

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6. Push the mower up and back in even rows. I overlapped each row so I didn’t miss any spots.

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Tada!!! So easy! PS. Can you believe how green this first Spring grass is? I didn’t edit the color at all and it is so bright and fresh! I love it!

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If your lawn is all ready to play, try and build this cute little seesaw for your kiddos!

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Printable Packing List for a weekend trip!

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You guys! Only 2 more days until we head out on our Girls Gone Glamping trip! We are so excited and getting prepared for our trip over the next few days. To get ready, we’ve created this super cute packing list printable so you can use it on your next trip! We hope it’s to Paws Up Resort in Montana after you win the Skinny Cow Girls Gone Glamping sweepstakes! ;)

I still can’t get over the glamping idea! How amazing is it to combine luxury with the outdoors. I love camping but even more so, I love a nice hot shower and a comfy bed! I’m obsessed with combining the two! Check out this resort you guys! Obsessed.

We would seriously love it if one of our readers won! Even if you don’t win, this printable will work for any trip!

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How to make a blog button and grab box with free programs

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Hey guys! Today I’m going to show you how to make a blog button for your blog! It’s really really simple and I’ve seen some pretty complicated tutorials but I promise, I’ll make it SO easy on you. Let’s get started!

Open Picmonkey

First, design your button! You can use a free program like Picmonkey.com or Photoshop or whatever you’re comfortable with. If you already have a logo but need a button, you can use that too! Click design and use the square option.

Design your button

Get creative with shapes, fonts, colors and your logo if you have one to create a button you like. I suggest keeping it kind of simple so it stands out and its read-able.

Resize

When you’re done, resize it to the size you want it to show up on your blog and on other blogs when people use your button. I think 150px x 150px is a great size because its big enough to see but you’re not taking up a huge chunk of space.

Save your button

Save your button design.

Get image URL

Next, you need to have your image hosted somewhere. If you have wordpress, you can go to Media > Add New and upload it here. Once it loads, click on Edit and copy the File URL. You will need this to generate your button’s code. If you do not have WordPress, you can do this in Photobucket or other similar software.

Create code

Next, let’s make your code.  Go to My Cool Realm and it will do all the hard coding work for you! First, enter your blog’s title, blog address and paste the File URL you just created under “Your image URL”.

The next section is to customize the border and colors. I don’t like a border on mine so I do it in white. Choose your font color (I chose dark grey) and set your dimensions. I did them the same as my button size so it looks uniform. 150px x 150px.

When you’re done, click Preview and see if you like it. If not, go back and edit a bit until you do. When you like what you see, you will grab your code. Do NOT copy the code underneath the button, click “Get Code” to get the one you need.

Copy code

Copy the code as you see in the image above…

Paste code

Paste your code in your sidebar! This will be under Gadgets on Blogger for for WordPress, go to  Widgets then drag the Text option to wherever you want to paste your code. Paste, Save and Done!

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It should appear like this if you did everything correctly. Save your code in TextEdit, MS Word or an email or something so if you every want to embed it in a post, you can! Hope this helps someone out there! Let me know if you have any questions and happy button making!

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Winter Activities for kids

Confession: my little dudes have been watching WAY too much Phineas and Ferb. The screen time per day is at an all time high during these crazy winter months. Polar Vortex anyone? What is UP with that!?

Winter Activities for kids

I mean, it can be exhausting to entertain 3 little boys (all 5 and under!) for the entire day AND run my etsy shop AND work on our blog. Then, throw in working out, meal planning, grocery shopping, housework, naps, errands, etc. and kill me now. It is seriously draining at times, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Tell me I’m not alone.

BUT, there is something incredibly fulfilling about getting it all done and doing FUN things with your kids instead of plopping them in front of the tv all day. I’m vowing, right here, right now to make a serious effort to do more creative, fun things with the boys before they both start school next year. My 3 year old will be going to pre-K and my 5 year old will start Kindergarten. I don’t wanna talk about it. *tear*  Who’s with me?

I’ve come up with over 25 Winter Activities for kids that will have your kiddos convinced they have the best mom ever.

Homeade GAK

1.  Homemade Gak! I love this stuff!

2. Bake Cookies

3.  Do puzzles

4. Play board games

snow paint 5. Snow Paint – Boy, oh boy do we have some snow to paint!

6. Build a snowman

7. Color

8. Make and send homemade cards to family

9.  Do watercolor paintings

Painter's Tape Spider Web 10. Painter’s tape spider web 

11. Write a pen-pal letter

12. Use tape and make a hopscotch court

13. Have a play date

14. Have a “camp out” in the living room

Mess Free Finger Paint 15. Mess free finger painting -  My kids loved this one!

16. Go to a children’s museum

17.  Play legos

18. Make a snow volcano 

Build a teepee

19.  Build a teepee or a fort

20. Make and play in a ball pit!

Balloon Ping Pong

21. Balloon Ping Pong

  Velcro Sticks

22. Velcro sticks – have fun making them and making shapes and letters out of them.

DIY $1 Book Ledges 23. Read to your kids. Read with them. Teach them. Love them.

24. Make Ollieblocks and play! These have been on my “to do” list for a long time.

Tape Race Track 25. Masking tape race track – source unknown.

If anyone knows where to find the original source, please let me know in the comments! Love this idea and my kids had a blast!

Jello cookies

 26. Jello cookies – this recipe makes DIY colored play dough AND colorful Jello Cookies!! FUN!!

Okay wow! Some of these ideas obviously require more effort and planning on your part but can you even imagine how much fun your kids would have?! Super mom in their eyes!  Which one is your fave?

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