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Fun Back To School Ideas & Organization Tips

Back To School Ideas & Organization

Written By: Matt Hamilton

Summer is winding down and it’s time to think about getting the kids prepared and ready to go back to school.  I remember when Summer was ending and it was a real downer.  That’s why we’ve compiled a list of amazing resources and ideas to help teachers, parents and kids have a fun and smooth transition getting back to school.  Below you’ll find everything from back to school organization tips, teacher gift ideas, cute back to school printables and much more.

DIY gifts for your teacher

DIY Pencil Cup from ThatsWhatCheSaid.net

How many times did you get to class and forget your pencil?  The pencil cup is a cute & helpful way to say thanks to all of the wonderful teachers out there.

Teachers Gift - DIY Pencil Cup

I’m Doing Flips Sweet Teachers Gift from Simply This And That

This cute printable can be printed on blank label sheets or card stock sheets.  Sweeten up your teacher by telling him/her how excited you are about the school year.   Inexpensive. Cute. Sweet. :)

Teachers Gift Idea "Flips"

Bubble Gum Bribes Teachers Gift – Printable jar toppers from Eighteen25

The way to a teacher’s or student’s heart is through their sweet tooth.   Click on the image below and see how easy it is to make this cute customized bubble gum jar.

Bubble Gum Candy Favor Printable Labels

Box To Teacher Goodies from Eighteen25

Teachers like to be organized so you know a gift like this organized box of goodies will be much appreciated.  Learn how to make this box of teacher goodies by clicking on the image below.

Teachers Goodie Box Gift

Customized Hand Sanitizer Teacher’s Desk Gift by The Idea Room 

Ask a teacher and they will tell you that one of the most prized items in the classroom is a bottle of hand sanitizer.   This tutorial will take you through the steps of making your own customized bottle of hand sanitizer on the cheap.  For the best looking label check out this crystal clear glossy label material.

Personalized Hand Sanitizer Bottle Labels

Mound’s of fun teachers gift DIY tutorial & free printable from LilLuna.com

Our friend Kristyn at Lil’ Luna who is a very creative blogger happens to be sending off her little girl Lily to kindergarten this year.  She wanted to make a sweet treat that Lily give to her new teacher, so the “Can’t wait to have mounds of fun” printable was born.  This cute free label printable can be printed on  full sheet labels and cut to size with scissors or a cutting board.  Click on the image below to read the tutorial and download the free printable.

Cute Mounds of Fun Teacher Gift with free prints on { lilluna.com }

Back to School Fun & Healthy Lunch Ideas

Your kids’ diet is just as important as their education.   Here are some great ideas for providing fun and delicious lunches that won’t get traded for junk food.

Fun Food On A Stick by SkinnyTaste.com

Just looking at this makes me hungry.  Your child will be lunch royalty with this fun looking, delicious and healthy treat.  (If safety is a concern cut of the sharp tips of the skewers with scissors.)  Click on the image for more inspiration and other lunch kabob ideas.

Lunch food on a stick

Nut Free Nutella Matzo Sandwiches by Wee Licious

Sweet. Delicious. Different.  And they are great for a desert in the ol’ lunch box.

Nut-Free Nutella Matzo Sandwiches

Easy Mac and Cheese Recipe by  Momables.com 

Not to sound cheesy but this mac-n-cheese is easy peasy.   Add a little broccoli or bacon to kick it up a notch.

Easy Mac and Cheese Recipe - MOMables® - Healthy School Lunch Ideas

DIY LUNCHables created by Easy Lunch Boxes

Looking for a quick portable lunch that your little one will love?  Try making a Lunchables style lunch from scratch.  This delicious treat is healthy, colorful and fun.   You can make packing this lunch quite a bit easier by using one of the many lunch containers at EasyLunchBoxes.com 

DIY Lunchables

Free Cupcakes Flag Printables designed by – PagingSuperMom.com

Making cupcakes for the class?  Use these cute math themed printable flags as a do it yourself cupcake topper.  Print these on full sheet labels and cut with scissors.

Back to School Neon Party Flags: free printable

Staying Organized & Other Helpful Tips

After a fun long summer it can be difficult to get and stay on track.  That’s why we’ve compiled a list of helpful resources, tools and ideas to help make life a bit easier.

Declutter & Organize Checklist from Creative Organizing

Are you in back to school mode like my family? If so, this post is designed to help you start the school year organized and ready to go!  Read more

Back-to-school organizing tips - simplify101

Back To School Checklist

Children’s To Do & Homework Progress Center from Delightful Order

If you have more than one child then you’re aware that keeping track of their progress & homework can be a daunting task.  Creating your own message center is a great way to keep everyone up to speed.  Tip: If your boards are magnetic, check out these glossy inkjet printable magnetic sheets.

Homework Message Center

Morning & Bedtime Routine From Our Friends At I Heart Organizing

A quick way to get your little rascal back on track is having a morning and bedtime routine.  Below you will find two free printable routine schedules.  Print these out on magnetic sheets for the fridge, or on adhesive label sheets so you can stick them anywhere.

Morning Routine List

Bedtime Routine List


Back To School Labels for Kids designed by: How To Nest For Less

Back to School Labels for Kids {FREE PRINTABLES}. 4 different designs including pocket folders, notebooks, books, and a generic label. Plus 2 smaller labels for markers, crayons and more!  Print the labels on adhesive full sheet labels and then cut to size with scissors.  These labels will help your little one keep track of their property so you don’t have to keep spending money on school supplies.  Click on the image below to view and download this printable.

Back To School Labels for Kids


We hope you’ve enjoyed this amazing collection of back to school resources and ideas from the best websites and blogs on the web.  Be sure to share this with your friends and family so they can get organized for the 2013 – 2014 school year just like you!