I'm soliciting all of your first day of school traditions. Now that Ryan's starting Kindergarten soon (I'm still in shock...) I want to start a few simple traditions to help make the first day back to school special for my kids. Sure, it's exciting NOW, but come high school, most kids dread the end of summer. Fun traditions can buffer the disappointment.
When I was growing up, my mom usually bought me Hostess donuts for the first day of school. I'm not sure she did it every year, but she did it enough for me to remember. Knowing what I know about sugar now, I hesitate to do that and set my kids up for a mid-morning sugar crash on day 1. But rarely-purchased store bought donuts just screams "first day of school" to me, so we'll see. Maybe I can make a bunch of eggs to balance them with protein or something.
For his pre-school years, I've taken a picture of Ryan with his backpack in the same spot of our house on the first and last days of school. Kind of silly, but it works for the school scrapbook I'm making for him. Same picture, same spot, every year.
So what are some first day of school traditions you had growing up? What are some things you do or plan to do for your kids? A special breakfast or dinner? A fun activity after school? A big sha-bang the night before to celebrate the end of summer? I'd love to hear so I can
steal borrow your ideas. I'm not above idea theft - no sense in recreating the wheel!
(Check out this Back to School Bash for older kids...this mom is WAY too creative!!!)