It’s the one day of the year that our children are actually EXCITED for school at least if they’re anything like mine. So why not commemorate it with more than the new standard “back to school sign.” The weeks leading up to school can be exciting but hectic so you may ask why add more work? Why spend more money? I’m going to tell you how to make it extra special with minimal funds and energy.
As I continue to blog you will find my fondness for the Dollar Tree. Any store that I can get both cookies and essentials such as ahem toilet paper for ONE DOLLAR is a store that is in my top 5. Before children I loved the mall, and trendy collections but now replenishing the never ending dish soap, toilet paper, Clorox wipes, tissues, paper plates, and SNACKS is at the top of my list.
Along with my holiday boxes in storage I keep a back to school box. Right in between July 4th and Thanksgiving lies a box full of school fun. Over the years I have collected back to school items from the Dollar tree. I use it then store it.
Last year I bought a letter border, red plates, and blank name labels. With these items being meant for a classroom environment the packages usually come with at least 8 items. Perfect for the following year and the year after that and so on and so forth. This year I bought fun mason jar cups, and motivational school quotes.
A little creativity can go a very long way. I used a glass plant holder as a “fish bowl” and filled with gold fish crackers. I took a mason jar and added gel beads (generally used to hold fake flowers) and put lollipops instead. I also search the web for free printables. In the name of Pinterest and Google they’re not too hard to find. I printed school is cool labels and placed them on the mason jar cups as well as a back to school banner that I printed and stapled together. I used a pack of paper stars and found felt letter stickers. I then used these stickers to spell out grade and tied them together using ribbon. I used red paper plates and turned them into apples using colored paper to top them with a leaf and stem. All items were purchased from the Dollar Tree.
Every year I look forward to decorating the night before school. Life is meant to CELEBRATE both big and little moments. I want my children to have a positive start to the school year and feel that they can do anything they set their minds to. If I can add to this positive environment with a little flare and give them a reason to be even more excited about learning and education then I am going to do my best to present them with just that.