But, whatever the date, it's always a big deal when they have to return to school. For many, it's also an intimidating time especially if they struggle with school friends or school work.
Here are some Back2School ideas that everyone should enjoy. If you're planning to present a special event, you might find some of these ideas and resources helpful.
Buy inexpensive backpacks or totes and fill them up with goodies. Burn CDs with new kids’ church music or video of a recent, fun service. Add some hard candy, pencils, erasers and inexpensive Bible coloring books. Prepare enough for every child. Notify the kids by mail that in order to get their ‘welcome back packs’ they will need to attend on a specified date. (from ministry-to-children)
Pencil Sweep Relay
Form teams of four or more. Designate a goal area at one end of the room. Have teams line up at the other end of the room. Then give each team a pencil and a broom. The first person on each team sweeps the pencil to the goal and back. The next person in line does the same thing until everyone on the team has had a turn.(from Children's Ministry )
Extra Fun by the Numbers: have some age-specific games for the kids. For instance, for those going into third grade, have kids run a three-legged relay. For fourth graders, have them try to balance four eggs on spoons in their mouths.. and maybe run the length of the room.
Letter Hunt for the younger grades, put flashcards on sticks )giant paint stirrers would work well) in the yard and assign each kids 4-5 letters to find. First one done wins. (See here)
Back to School bulletin board idea.. see
Back to School colouring pages
Use these printable pages as discussion starters with your kids. (more..)
Here are a few ideas to help start a conversation about trusting God as a new school year begins.
- What about going back to school is the most exciting?
- Does anything about going back to school make you worry?
- What would happen if God didn’t give us schools and teachers?
- What can we say to God as a pray when going back to school?
Back to School party ideas.. see
Back to School ideas both free and at a small cost:
puzzles, word searches, colouring in pages, Back to School skit, games and more..