I know some of you might have kiddos that already got out of school and maybe you can pin these ideas for next year. My girls are getting out this week and I put together a fun little surprise for the last day of school!
My Kindergartener in particular has been a little stressed out about leaving her friends and the entire end of school process has been a little overwhelming. And can you believe Mom and Dad have to go out of town the day they get out of school? Talk about timing!
So I put together these little surprises for both of my girls as a welcome to summer surprise. My little girl is 3 and she does preschool just a few hours a week. Next year she will do preschool again ;). My big girl is going into First Grade which is a big step- she gets out of school now at noon and next year she will go until 3:30- yikes!
Now our mornings are a rush so I didn’t even try to put on a special surprise in the morning (#forgettaboutit) but I did have some things up my sleeve for when the kiddos came home.
The first thing is this cute little photo print from Staples- it was $1.69 and says “Goodbye Kindergarten, Hello 1st Grade!” for my baby girl it says “Preschool Here I Come!” (um ok so that one doesn’t work as well but she is moving from Preschool to Preschool so there you have it.)
The engineering prints are these oversized ones at Staples that are super cheap- so you won’t get amazing quality and it is only black and white- but for this purpose it was perfect! These are poster size prints.
Since it is a black and white print I just used a highlighter to color in the words and then taped these to each of their bedroom doors. (I added those words to a regular photo using Pic Monkey and then sent it off to Staples. The words were white and then I colored them in.)
Aren’t these great? I will totally do this again for parties. You could do so many different things- Welcome Home, Happy Birthday, We Will Miss You…. next year I’ll probably do a class photo for Teacher Appreciation Day and tape it to the door of the class for our teachers.
And then when they went into their rooms, they found little surprises! I got a white bucket from the Dollar Store and just used my Silhouette to make a cute label for it. A sand bucket would be very cute too but we already have a few of those.
I also grabbed a few little toys from the Dollar Store- a little snorkel (she has been begging for one believe it or not), some silly little flower that dances around, and water balloons. There is also a Merida Pez dispenser which everyone needs to have really and some Crayola paint brushes I bought awhile back. Plus brand new PJ’s for summer and her Summer Bridge Workbook.
Oh and instead of balloons I got these rainbow flower things that have a stake to put in the backyard. The girls will love them and we can put them right in front of their playhouse.
My little girl has a similiar basket- she got new PJs, a watercolor Minnie book, a glow in the dark bouncing ball kit, the little flower and a Strawberry Shortcake pez dispenser.
This doesn’t have to be expensive – a few little trinkets or you can stock up on lots of things to keep the kids busy all summer. Anything you might already be buying for summer like sunglasses, bathing suits, flip flops etc… would be perfect to pop in a bucket. Whatever works for your family would be perfect.
And there you have it- end of summer surprises! Oh and one last little note. On the first day of school I told the girls the Back to School Fairy comes and brings a surprise if they are good girls. They got little dolls and new lunchbags and water bottles. So I told them this was from the Last Day of School Fairy. My baby girl swears she saw the Last Day of School fairy fly by her window and they have been sitting there watching for her ;). Seriously- all the trouble was worth it for that moment with the little ladies sitting and staring out the window waiting to see if she would come back.
If you want to do the same thing with your littles, a trail of glitter leading to the windowsill or doorway would be a great touch. The tooth fairy leaves glitter trails at our house.