Labor Day is around the corner, and the first hints of fall are in the air. September’s arrival means the start of a new school year—and we think you should be excited. Here are eight fun, creative ways to prep for the start of school (and have some fun to boot).
- Start the bedtime shift. Gradually move bedtime 10 minutes earlier every day, and wake them up 10 minutes earlier, too. They’ll be back on track in no time, which means mornings will be easier on parents and kids.
- Ease little ones back into reading with a trip to the local park. Stock up on books from the library, and pack a blanket and picnic lunch. Their favorite stories will be even more compelling in the great outdoors.
- Find a way to volunteer. Take advantage of the last of the long days and summer freedom, and devote your time to a worthy cause. Plus, you’ll get a head-start on those community service hours.
- Hire a local photographer and plan a mini family photo shoot. It’s a great way to document your kids’ growth, and you’ll have a wall-worthy set of photos at the end.
- Get them psyched about back-to-school by decorating a brand new pair of kicks. Snag a pair of white canvas sneakers and some fabric paint, and you’re in business.
- Give your kids the opportunity to invest themselves in what they’re eating. Make a trip to the bulk aisle of your local supermarket for trail mix supplies, then have little ones mix and match nuts, fruits, pretzels, and more.
- DIY your own homework survival kits. Recycled water bottles, contact paper, and some fun new school supplies will ease the blow of those upcoming assignments.
- Do a toys and clothes audit. Have your kids sort their belongings into “keep” and “donate” piles. Reward their willingness to part with old toys with a new treat or two, like a life-size Pirasta coloring book, or a fun Makers Kit.