1st day at school

Creative ideas for starting school

The first day of school is a truly special occasion for your child. It is the start of a new stage in life. Often the family's whole daily routine changes, and many new impressions and tasks have to be dealt with and overcome. You can creatively accompany this exciting time with a few easy craft ideas. Even school things used the whole time such as books, exercise books, calendars, timetables etc. can be brilliantly individualised to bring a bit of colour into the school day.

First day of school - capture that special moment

Give the photos of the first day at school a special twist! Pick out a nice photo of your child in front of the school and use all your imagination to design a frame for it!
Stick the photo on a piece of card and cut the photo and card into whatever shape you like (e.g. rectangle, square, oval or heart). Then cut out a matching frame from coloured card and glue it around the edges of the photo.

You can decorate it using all the things that belong to a normal school day, for example small pencils, crayons, coloured paper or small erasers.

Then attach the photo of the first day at school in its handcrafted frame to the wall with a nail or drawing pin - your child's first day at school will then always be a wonderful memory for you and your little one.

Timetable and free time calendar

One of the most important in a pupil's school day is their timetable. It shows how long your child is at school each day and which subjects they have. Then you can make sure that the right books are always packed in their school bag before bedtime.

You and your child can create the timetable really easily together. Draw a table (with the classes on the left hand side and the weekdays at the top) on a piece of paper or in an exercise book, then your child can design the background however he or she wants. You can make various versions so that you have one timetable at home, your child has one at school and you can give other copies to their grandparents or other school friends so they can compare which classes they have.

A free time calendar helps to keep track of what your child is doing when he or she is not at school. Just like a timetable, you and your child can make one yourself by taking an exercise book or small notebook, writing the weekdays and dates in and designing the individual pages together. Your child can then enter all activities (sport, music lessons, meetings with friends etc.) as well as schoolmates', friends' and relatives' birthdays. Once they have finished their homework, your child can then see at a glance whether, and if so, when he or she has time to meet up with friends.

Creative book covers

School books that by the end of the year can be a little bashed just from normal use have to be paid for in part or in full. That's why it's recommendable to cover them. You can make individual and creative covers out of paper or sticky back plastic for them. Place a book on the sticky back plastic or paper and roughly cut round the edges. Then cut the cover along the spine so that the book can still be closed. Then fold the edges in and stick them down over the corners. Your child can then decorate the paper or plastic to his-and-hers heart's desire. That way, each and every book becomes unique. That has a lot of advantages: your child then recognises the books for each subject at a glance, and classmates and teachers then know whose books they are. It isn't so easy to then mix up the uniquely decorated books with other classmates' books.