Back to school is a crazy busy time for kids, parents, and teachers alike! We often spend tons of money trying to organize our homes and classrooms for another year of learning. Today I’m sharing some easy, fun, creative, and cute Back to School Hacks to help everyone get back into the swing of school! All of these back to school ideas can be used at school or adapted at home.
Back to School Hacks
So smart! No need to buy pricey paint accessories for the classroom or at home.
Playing an educational game that includes dice at school or for homework? Put them in small plastic containers. When they roll, they stay together and don’t make as much noise. Brilliant!
Put it on your hands, let it dry for a couple of seconds, then have everyone shake their hands all at once. Kids and students will notice how the “germs” spread! This is a priceless back to school reminder lesson.
4. Flower Clock to Learn How to Tell Time
Remind or teach your kids how to tell time by creating a clock like this in their bedroom (or classroom if you’re a teacher). Source no longer available.
5. Pool Noodle Pencils and Crayons
How to make GIGANTIC pencils, crayons, and markers with pool noodles! Use duct tape and a pink noodle for the pencil eraser. Then, use a marker to add the “No. 2” details. For the crayons, paint a snow cone cup and hot glue it to the top. Use black pant for the rest of the crayon details.. The markers are so easy! Just a little painters tape and white spray paint is all you need. These are perfect for back to school pictures, classroom decorations, parties, and so much more. (source unknown via Pinterest)
Create a simple game for matching upper and lower case letters with white and clear plastic spoons. This is a great activity to start before young students go back to school in the fall. It’s amazing how some skills weaken over the summer without regular practice.
7. Use Old Markers to Make Paint
Awesome idea for old markers! Soak old or dried out markers in water, then use the new paint for watercolors or even a fun spray paint for kids. Must try! (source unknown)
8. Glue Sponges
Learn the step by step instructions for how to make glitter glue sponges for classrooms, small group centers, homework, artwork, and more! No more mess of drippy glue puddles!
9. Toothbrush Organization
Much better than counter or cabinet! Saves germ exchange since they will have their own “spot” too! The floss sticks will no longer roll around in the drawer! LOVE IT!! Assign each child their own toothbrush section. Purchase these drawer organizers at the $1 store. (source unknown, via Pinterest)
It helps kids get more paint without making a massive mess at home or in the classroom. Plus, you can buy paint in bulk and save money by reusing empty ketchup bottles! Source unknown.
11. Homemade Paint
Buying paint for kids or a classroom can be pricey! Never buy paint again with this 3 ingredient homemade paint recipe! This is a money saving DIY for parents and teachers on a budget (or for those of us who love being crafty!).
AWESOME and SIMPLE discipline system for young kids!
This is a great idea for teaching time management to the kids and keeping the family organized! Simply adapt it to your family’s schedule and routine.
This will help mornings go a little more smoothly. Brilliant! By Kortney Brady on Instagram.