5 creative ways to get your children excited to go back to school

By building up the excitement through fun and creative ways, parents can easily help their kids look forward to welcoming the brand new school year.

5 creative ways to get your children excited to go back to school

1. Set a fun back-to-school mood at home

Just like for festive occasions, a prepped environment helps set the mood for your child to really feel that school time is just around the corner.

  • Decorate your kid's room with school-themed ideas, like a collage of best school moments that could include a school play snapshot, an A-grade homework assignment or last year's class picture. Be creative.
  •  Extend the mood to the kitchen with book-shaped cookies served on bright lunch trays.

2. Let kids feel the school spirit everywhere

Take kids along when shopping for new school supplies, bags or shoes.

  • Malls are bound to put up inviting school-themed decors and colourful posters, while stores gaily dress up their windows and pack their shelves with bright new merchandise in time for the school opening.

3. Allow kids to choose their own school supplies

Letting kids decide what to buy makes them more motivated to get into that school spirit because they will be using something that they actually like, not what their parents think is right.

  • Just remember that not everything has to be new and you don't have to splurge to buy that enthusiasm from your child.

4. Involve kids in preparing back-to-school meals

Your province may have its own school food program to meet the mental and physical demands of schooling, but there's always room for your home-prepared food as a great motivator.

  • Create a fun list of school (or after-school) meals with your kid, personalize meals by giving them fun new names, like "Little Annie's Big Monday Cookies" or "The Best Buttered Toast on Earth" and go grocery shopping together for that first stock of homework snacks.

5. Make reading hip and cool

Make your kids look forward to opening their school books again with regular trips to reading rooms in the weeks before school starts.

  • There are libraries, bookstores and book clubs that offer reading and storytelling hours for children.
  • Choose those that offer a fun and friendly atmosphere and invite your kids' friends or classmates to come, too.
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