First Day of School Crafts

by | Jul 31, 2023 | Kid Activities

Creative First Day Fun

Plan some creative first-day fun with these first-day-of-school crafts for kids!

First Day of School Countdown Crafts

The countdown to school starting is officially on!

Check out these fun back-to-school countdown craft ideas.

First Day of School Countdown Craft

Get your kiddos excited for school with this fun bus-themed back-to-school countdown craft (above) via A Little Pinch of Perfect or try this traditional back-to-school countdown via Coffee and Carpool for a more simplistic feel.

Such a fun way to get your kiddos excited for the first day of school, you guys!

First Day of (Home)school

Being a homeschool mom myself, homeschool parents are the demographic I typically strive to help here on Life + Homeschool!

However, when it comes to crafty fun & seasonal activities I tend to share ideas applicable to all parents — this roundup of fun back-to-school craft ideas is no exception.

This list is a great mixture of brick-and-mortar school crafts (ie the bus-themed ones) and some that are more geared towards at-home learning (such as pencil holders and toppers that may not be usable for outside-the-home learning.

Check out my list of first-day fun for everyone!

First Day of School Crafts for Everyone

These first four back-to-school craft ideas for kids are perfect for at-home learners and in-the-classroom use!

Check them out.

Printable First Day of School Crowns

Start the first day off right with these fun first-day-of-school crowns (above) via Homeschool of 1. 

Then, try one of these other fun ideas!

These are seriously adorable for first-day fun, you guys!

First Day School Supply Crafts

If you’re a homeschooler, you’re going to love these next few first-day-of-school crafts!

From creating these personalized binders at home using a Cricut machine via Sustain My Craft Habit to pencil toppers & first-day party supplies!

Check them all out below.

  • Pencil Toppers

Personalized pencil toppers are so much fun, you guys!

While most classrooms likely won’t allow cutesy toppers, these adorable craft ideas are perfect for at-home learning!

DIY Pencil Toppers for Kids

Create these adorable apple pencil toppers (top left) via Two Kids and a Coupon that are perfect for fall or blast into the first day of school with these fun space rocket pencil toppers (top right) via The Inspiration Edit.

Check out my final 2 favorites for pencil topper fun!

These are seriously so much fun, you guys!

  • Pencil Holders

If you thought making your own pencil toppers was a fun first-day-of-school craft, you will absolutely love these DIY pencil holders!

Check them out below.

DIY Pencil Holders

Create something fresh and unique with this upcycled pencil case (left) via Sustain My Craft Habit or take things up a notch by making this planner pen pocket (top right) via Easy Things to Sew. 

Need something adorable for your homeschool room? Try organizing your school supplies with one of these adorable ideas!

Want something a little less crafty but equally functional? Try our DIY school supplies caddy for a fun traveling art station!

All of these ideas are perfect for homeschoolers!

  • Pencil-Themed Crafts

Nothing says first-day success quite like a sharpened pencil — or an adorable pencil craft.

These pencil crafts are seriously the perfect first-day-of-school craft!

Check them out below.

First Day of School Pencil Crafts

Kick off your first day of learning fun with this awesome craft stick pencil (top left) via Darcy and Brian or create something a little more simplistic with these craft stick pencils (bottom left) via Crafts by Amanda.

Then, create an adorable first-day-of-school keepsake with this DIY craft stick pencil frame (top right) via Thrifty Northwest Mom.

Last, but certainly not least, make this fun pencil paper bag puppet (bottom right) via Simple Everyday Mom.

So many cute ideas, you guys!

  • Crayon Crafts

While pencil crafts are fun, sometimes you need something just a little bit brighter!

Check out these adorable crayon crafts that are perfect for little leaners.

Crayon Craft Template

Use this free crayon template (above) via The Best Ideas for Kids to create the cutest crayon ever! These are so stinkin’ adorable, you guys!!

Or, try this simple first-day-of-school crayon paper craft via Wonder in His World.

Both of these are perfect for at home or in the classroom, you guys!

First Day of School Crafts for Bus Riders

If you have a kiddo that attends traditional school or a homeschooler that rides the bus for a specialty class, these crafts will be perfect to celebrate that first ride!

Check out all my top picks for school bus crafting.

First Day of School Bus Crafts

This adorable photo bus craft (left) via Simple Everyday Mom is total fridge material, you guys! Capture a picture before your little one’s first ride and get to crafting.

If school bus crafting is your first of first-day fun, check out this back-to-school school bus card (top right) via Unique Gifter and this fun paper plate bus (bottom right) via The Purple Yarn.

Such creative ideas, you guys!

School Bus Paper Plate Craft

Speaking of creative, this moving school bus (above) craft via Darcy and Brian might just be my favorite craft of all, you guys! Just look at how fun this one is!

Still need options? I’ve got you!

Check out the rest of these awesome school bus craft ideas!

So many ideas to choose from, you guys!

First Day of School Apple Crafts

Well, if pencils and school buses don’t get you excited for that first day, maybe apples will do the trick!

While, yes, technically apples are thought to be a fall thing, I think they scream first-day fun.

Apple Crafts

Encourage a little apple-themed crafting on the first-day-of-school with this unique mixed-media apple craft (left) via The Art Kit Blog.

Such a fun one, you guys!

Or, if simple is more your style consider this paper plate apple (right) craft via Simple Everyday Mom or this paper plate apple craft via Beth Ann Averill instead.

Finally, create this apple-themed calming jar via Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool + for a calmer classroom setting all year long!

Love apple crafts? Check out our full line-up of fall crafts for kids to get your hands on even more apple crafts perfect for the first day of school!

So many cute ideas, you guys!

First Day of School Printables

While these aren’t exactly crafts, they are first-day perfect!

Check out these fun back-to-school coloring pages for kids.

Back to School Printables

If paper crafting and creating isn’t your idea of fun, consider trying one of these awesome printables instead!

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First Day of School Crafts

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I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

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While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

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Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

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Meet the Author

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Hey guys! I’m Mary, homeschool mom of 3 amazing kiddos.

I’m so excited that you decided to check out my little corner of the world!

If you have been following our journey for any length of time, you already know that I’m obsessed with coffee, organization, and all things simple.

I’m also a huge dog lover and introvert 💗

My homeschool style is very eclectic.

I enjoy a solid mixture of structure and free range. I set goals for myself and my children each week, but I put no pressure on perfection.

We use a wide variety of curriculum in our home.

Some of our current favorites are The Good and the Beautiful, Life of Fred, Beautiful Feet Books, and Lifepac.

While my kids do spend a good amount of time learning at desks, they also spend countless hours exploring their creativity and practicing a little independence.

I love mountains, rainy days, and sitting by the campfire. 

Our family recently relocated to the PNW and we have been enjoying finding new nature spots to explore together 🙌🏼

I can’t wait to connect and share all the things I’ve learned on our new journey! 

Just a Note…

Thanks for checking out the kid activities portion of the blog! 

Typically summer is the most productive time for my blog. However, our family is currently living in temporary housing and we do not see an end in sight (thank you housing marking 😪) — meaning my workspace & supplies to produce quality content it extremely limited.

I am still working, but it’s nothing like normal.

As always, we appreciate your patience! 

If you enjoyed this article or simply want to see more of our journey, feel free to follow us on social media for more frequent updates.

You can find all of our social accounts below!

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Don’t forget to check out our Facebook group too!

This group is open to all homeschool moms.

Whether you are already knee-deep in your homeschool journey or just dipping your toes in — all homeschool moms are welcome!

Looking forward to connecting! Simply Be Wild & Free Life + Homeschool Blog

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