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11 Ways To Make Your Kids' First Day Of School Extra Special

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1. Set up a balloon drop over their bedroom door or have them run though them on their way out the front door!

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And the balloon drop is MUCH easier to set up than you think! But no matter what you do, balloons will definitely get their sprits up on the first day!

2. Have an impromptu dance party during breakfast!

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Because dance parties are guaranteed to shake first-day jitters off.

3. Surprise them with an awesome (and easy) DIY painted backpack they can show off.

Just find a stencil that really fits their personality and paint on! Easy DIY instructions here.
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Just find a stencil that really fits their personality and paint on! Easy DIY instructions here.

4. And fill that backpack with some school supplies that add a personal touch.

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Either grab pre-made book covers or use patterned paper (or fabric) to make your own!

Take your "first day" pictures up a notch with some clever props!

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Have them pose with these awesome first-day-of-school banners. Or have them pose with a framed picture of last year's first-day picture to see how much your little baby has grown!

5. Be the hero parent of the neighborhood and bring fun activities for the kids to do while waiting for the bus!

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Sidewalk chalk? Hula hoops? Bring it all! Let them have a few more moments of summer fun before their official return to school!

6. Pack them an extra-special lunch.

Extra points for piggy sandwiches! Here's a great collection of kid-approved recipes perfect for your child's lunch!
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Extra points for piggy sandwiches! Here's a great collection of kid-approved recipes perfect for your child's lunch!

7. Or if food art isn't your forte, have fun with the sandwich bags.

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Super easy, and will definetly make your kids smile at lunch time. Find some fun inspiration here!

8. Don't forget to send them off with a DIY gift for their new teacher.

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Get them a gold star on their first day! Find some inventive and cute gift ideas here.

9. Scratch a secret message on a banana that'll show up by snack time!

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Simply write on the banana with a toothpick and your secret personal message will show up later in the day!

10. Have an EPIC blanket fort set up when they get home!

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No kid can say no to a fort, and it'll give them a little place to unwind and do homework!

11. And give them some well-deserved study cookies for a job well done!

Find out how to make these awesome notebook cookies here!
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Find out how to make these awesome notebook cookies here!