by Lora Green, Contributing Writer
It’s about that time of year. Have you been filling up shopping carts with school supplies? Planning school lunch box meals? Trying on last year’s clothing to see what still fits? Back to school comes with a rush of preparation, but I hope that these free First Day of School printable signs will make one task simpler.
It’s hard to believe my little guy is going to be a kindergartener. I mean — how did that happen? I’m guessing that you are asking yourself that same question about your own kids.
As a kid, did you take photos on the first day of school? My brother and I did. Of course, I don't know that it would be very easy to determine exactly which year is which — unless the back of the photo was dated (you know, in the days when we had to develop film in order to have a picture).
I really like the recent Back to School trend of First Day of School Signs. It eliminates the need to guess which school year is being celebrated and makes a fun photo prop, perfect for sharing on social media.
I mean, seriously, how great is that photo? Let's be honest, that's how most of the photos turned out — a typical five-year-old wiggling, laughing and goofing off. I could fill an entire photo album with the outtakes (and I probably will), but we got some sweet smiles in the mix.
See? There is that sweet little-boy smile! You'll notice he's holding the “First Grade” sign in this photo, instead of the “Kindergarten” sign. Most of the printables look like the “First Grade” sign since they include a two-word phrase (Second Grade, Third Grade, Fourth Grade, etc.).
In addition to running my blog, I also have an Etsy Shop where I sell printables and paper goods for the home, parties, or gifts. Another photo prop, Monthly Baby Photo Signs, has been one of my favorite projects and a shop bestseller. It was the perfect way to document my baby girl’s first year. I’m excited to offer this photo prop as a set of 14 printable signs, including preschool thru twelfth grade, to Beauty in the Mess readers as a free printable.
TO DOWNLOAD THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PRINTABLE SIGNS, CLICK HERE.
If you want to get even more creative with Back to School photos, add another prop in addition to the signs. Photo props can increase a child’s excitement about taking pictures because, let’s be honest, sometimes they just aren’t into it. Instead, they can interact with the prop which just might make the entire photo-taking experience a little more relaxed.
I chose our Growth Chart (read more about that project here) as a prop for several of the photos. After all, the best thing about Back to School pictures is seeing how a child has grown. However, there are so many different props that you could use in a Back to School photo. Get creative with your child’s First Day of School photo — and have fun.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL PHOTO: PROP IDEAS
First Day of School Printable Signs (download here)
Chalkboard with Stats (age, height, weight, etc.)
Stack of Books (or BIG textbooks for a little kid to carry)
Wooden Letters in the Child’s Initials
School Paraphernalia (pom-poms, pennant banner, etc.)
Globes or Maps
The key, though, is that photo props and printables should make documenting life simpler. Does your child hate having photos taken? Grab some photo props. Do you forget to organize and date photos? Have your child hold a printable sign. Are mornings crazy at your home? Take First Day of School photos on the weekend or in the afternoon after they get home. Let the focus of photos be about celebrating life — and not finishing a to-do list.
How do you celebrate and document the first day Back to School with your family?
My name is Lora Green and I blog at Craftivity Designs, where I document how we are creating our home. I believe that a home is about much more than design and decor–it should tell the story of a family. Our home should fit the needs of two small kids, a work-at-home mom, and a youth pastor dad. I want it to be a beautiful space, but it must be functional and meaningful, too. If you are trying to meld function and beauty, join me over at Craftivity Designs and share in this journey of creating a home.