We are definitely in back to school mode around here. This week we finished shopping for school supplies and I’m almost done shopping for school clothes. Now it’s time to soak up these last two weeks and try to squeeze in as many memories as possible. I’m excited about having a normal routine back but I’m going to miss having them all home together. My son is actually ready to go back, he can’t wait to hang out with his friends at school. Do you remember that when you were younger? Looking forward to seeing the friends you didn’t see all summer long? To make the first day of school even more exciting we made a paper chain countdown.
Back to school crafts have always been a part of our family. I remember making a sign for my son right before he started preschool. Everyday we would peel away a sticky note counting down the days until his first day of school. It helped him get excited about school and less nervous about being away from me. Even though he’s entering the 4th grade this year, I still like to continue our back to school crafting traditions.
To make the paper chain countdown I cut 1.5 inch strips of scrapbook paper. I believe the length was around 10 inches. To glue the paper links together we used an Elmer’s glue stick with the purple disappearing glue.
My daughter thinks these glue sticks are SO cool. She could sit there with a piece of paper and an Elmer’s glue stick for hours drawing pictures and watching them disappear. Isn’t it funny how things like this amused them? Ha, who am I kidding I still think the disappearing glue is pretty neat. :)
The chalkboard I found at Joann but I’m sure they have them at just about any craft store. The banner I made with my Lifestyle Crafts die cutting machine and bakers twine. The first chain link is stapled onto the back of the chalkboard, I tried taping it but I didn’t think it would hold up over a long period of time. So there you have it, an easy back to school countdown that brings back memories and creates new ones. :)
So tell me, are your kids already back in school? If not are you ready for the new school year?