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Back To School

Whether your little one is heading back to school or heading to school for the very first time, set them up for success with the following activities and projects.
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September brings a lot of change and excitement into the home. New routines can throw any family for a loop. The following projects help set your child, no matter how little, up for success. These activities invite little ones to participate in setting expectations for the school year and constructing their new routine. It also allows them to create a cool and unique keepsake so they can bring a piece of home with them in their lunch box or back pack.

Materials

- glue
- stickers
- magazine clippings
- crayons
- markers
- cardstock or cardboard

Disclaimer

As parents, it's important to make sure that activities are age appropriate and that allergies or medical conditions are communicated as you see fit.

Sometimes, a materials or other additional fee is charged. We do this to bring you the best possible activities. It's the Kid Expert's job to confirm any such fee in advance.

Sample Activities and Instructions

Lunch Box or Back Pack Collage: This project allows kids to create a one-of-kind work of art that will excite and inspire them for the school year! Using your child's favorite art materials (glitter, stickers, stamps), magazine clippings and photos, we will create a unique collage. If available adding family photos is fantastic addition to this work of art. Creating the collage is easy: Children will choose what materials and photos to include and use a simple glue stick to adhere each item. While creating our artwork, we will engage in an organic conversation about school to get your child excited and prepared. Tip: Use cardstock, cardboard, even an old folder to make a more durable collage. Once the collage is complete the Kid Expert can go over the finished product with Modge Podge. It's a simple glaze that will ensure that the collage will stand strong against crammed back packs, messy lunch boxes and the general wear and tear of fun-filled school days!
New Year, New Routine: This project will get your little one excited about their new school routine. We will create a fun and inspirational daily routine board that includes individual tasks and chores specific to your child (wake up, get dressed, have breakfast, go to school, lunch time, nap time, etc.) I will engage your little one in a conversation about tasks and chores and get them excited about being a big helper at home. Children love routine and order. They will be more inspired to complete tasks when they are predictable and when your child is involved in brainstorming these tasks. Trust me, even a young toddler will benefit from and love this project! Once we discuss our tasks and chores we will create a chore chart on a simple piece of cardstock or cardboard. Little ones will decorate their chore chart and can proudly hang it in their rooms or the fridge as a wonderful reminder of just how big and helpful they really are.
New Year, New Skills: Incorporating new tasks and chores into the home helps foster structure and routine, something children need when attending school. Often children simply need the introduction to and practice with tasks and chores and they'll happily continue to do them on their own. You'll be shocked with how helpful your little one can be! The advent of school, even preschool, allows children to feel like independent little people. I will introduce practical skills into your little ones routine over a series of sessions, including: - making the bed - folding clothes - matching socks - prepping snack - cleaning up toys - setting up/cleaning up snack/mealtime These activities will foster your child's growing independence and their desire to participate in home life. The more you can encourage these things, the happier they'll be (and the cleaner your home will be to boot!)