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Back to school countdown

Back to school countdown

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The first day of school will be here before you know it!  This Back to School Countdown is a fun way to get the kids excited and help prepare for the transition back or if they’re just starting kindergarten!

Back to School Countdown

To make your countdown you will need:

Back To School Countdown

Start by numbering the front of each cutout, I did 1-10.

Back To School countdown

On the back of each paper, write little things to do to prepare for back to school. I gave some suggestions for what I did below.

  • Make a keychain for your backpack
  • Sharpen your pencils
  • Decorate your pencil case.
  • Practice opening your lunchbox – this was a tip from some teacher friends. Make sure your little ones know how to open their lunch box, put their straw in their juice box, etc. Having a little test run at home can help boost their confidence.
  • Set up a homework station.
  • Practice writing your full name, address and phone number.
  • Make a morning to do list. Click here to download this free printable or make your own!
  • Drop off your school supplies and do a tour of the school
  • Choose your first day of school outfit (Walmart, and Zulily, are some of our fave spots for back to school looks. I also have some ideas for girls here and the boys here).
  • Read a few books (linking some that we like below)

Back to school countdown books a letter from your teacher on the first day of school

Back to school countdown if you take a mouse to school

Back to school countdown the night before kindergarten

Back to school countdown

Clip each pencil on the twine with a clothes pin and hang up your banner.

Such a super cute and easy visual for your kids to get prepared for back to school!

Back to School countdown


I love to see what you create! So be sure to take a photo and tag me on Instagram @ourtiny_nest!

You may also enjoy:

My Back To School Basket

My back to school must haves

These back to school meal ideas

This end of the year teacher gift basket with free printable

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  • Reply
    A. H.
    July 19, 2023 at 7:56 am

    This is so fun! What a great way to get the kids involved!

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    July 24, 2023 at 10:41 pm

    This is adorable and a fantastic idea! Can I include this in one of my upcoming posts about back to school?

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    July 26, 2023 at 7:39 am

    What a cute idea! We typically do countdowns for special vacations but this would be a fun way to get the boys exciting for back to school.

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    Julie Nyanyo
    July 28, 2023 at 6:25 am

    What a lovely idea, looks great too. Thank you for stopping by to share with us at Handmade Monday 🙂

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    Kim Carberry
    July 28, 2023 at 8:37 am

    We are a week into the summer holidays here in England. 5 or so more to go.
    This is such a great idea to prepare for the return to school.

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    July 29, 2023 at 7:06 am

    That is such a fun way to get kids excited to go back to school!

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    July 30, 2023 at 7:38 am

    It has been a while since I had kids in school, but I work in a school and have no intention of making myself a countdown to return hee hee. Thanks for joining in with #pocolo

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    August 1, 2023 at 10:56 am

    These are really fun back to school reminders and countdowns. Thanks for sharing with us at the homestead blog hop! I hope we see more of your creativity this Wednesday.

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    Linda Stoll
    August 3, 2023 at 9:25 pm

    Your beautiful pictures make me long for those good old days! So much creativity and joy here.

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