Back to School Dinner

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Back to School Dinner Ideas

I love the idea of a back to school dinner. It does not necessarily have to be done on the first day of school or the night before. You can have one a few days after school starts so that the kids can have something to look forward to after school. It continues to motivate them and not have time to think of how tired they are with their new routine.

 

How to prepare for the dinner

 

You can make dinner as usual or make them their FAVORITE meal. The point is to have your table ready before dinner. This will give them enough time to sit at the table, talk about how their day went and enjoy the goodies at the table. As you can see, I just placed dry erase boards on top of their plates. Then, I added an alphabet letter on top of that. It so happens that the letters match the first letter in their names. Isabella goes by Bella at home and that’s why we chose the letter B for her. The little gift bags have a container of Play Doh, which they love. The milk jars and paper straws just add a nice touch and it’s something different to enjoy during dinner. Just hit the dollar spot at Target and your decor is complete 🙂

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How can they use the white boards?

These can be used while waiting for dinner to be ready. Just let them write the alphabet letters, sight words, sentences , about their day at school or whatever they want. Let them enjoy this time while they talk to you about school.

 

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When should they open their gift bags?

You decide! It depends on what you have in the bag. I have play doh, so that’s something that they can play with at any time. If it’s something very special, maybe they can wait until after dinner so that they have plenty of time to enjoy it.

 

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How about the decorative letters on their plates?

Later, these letters can be used to decorate their rooms. You can place it on a dresser or hang it over the bed.

 

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Where can I find the milk jars?

You can find these in the Target Dollar spot or at Michaels.

 

back to school dinner by lidia barbosa

Back to School Party

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Back to School Party Ideas

Have you ever had a Back to School Party? It’s a fun way to motivate children and get into the back to school mood and routine. Teachers can have this party on Back to School Night or after a long holiday break. Parents can have this party before the beginning of the school year, at the end of the first week of school or after any long holiday break. It can be as simple as cookies and juice box. If you add a banner and party labels, it makes it extra special.

To prepare for the party, all you need is:

  1. Any school items already at hand
  2. A few printables to label and decorate the room or table
  3. Simple snacks like apples, cookies, cupcakes, popcorn and candy

The following are photos of our Back to School Party

 

Here’s a close-up of our table.

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This is our full table. It’s simple but very inviting.

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Our back to school banner has a bright polka dot background.

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A little student gift.

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Name tents with their names in big, bold letters.

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Display their school supplies in caddies. These containers are from Michaels.

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Find some other cute containers to hold your pencils and treats.

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The cookies and cupcakes were a hit!

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We used special containers and straws for our milk. Cafeteria milk boxes are also a great choice.

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Our cupcakes had special messages to get them into that back to school spirit.

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And, here’s one happy girl ready for school.

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Simpler Ideas for Back to School Night

Teachers, your room is already decorated with all the supplies and bulletin boards. You can add this Back to School banner to welcome parents, if you want. After you place student folders and work samples on their desks, you can add a special treat on top. It could be anything like, a cookie, an apple, a small popcorn bag or a writing object with a gift tag.

Here are some examples:

 

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These Back to School Party printables are available for download. It includes this bright colors set and another primary colors set. It is in English but includes FREE Spanish printables.

back to school decor pack by lidia barbosa in primary colors

You can download the complete file from my Kinder Alphabet teacher store.