Awesome First Day of School Activities for Kindergarten

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The first day of school can be overwhelming for kids, especially Kindergarten kids who may have never entered a classroom before. As a teacher, you can make the transition to school a bit easier by providing your class with fun and memorable Back to School activities. These awesome First Day of School Activities for Kindergarten are sure to be a hit and have your students excited to start the year!

*Pair with our Back to School Activities and Centers for Pre-K/Kindergarten!

Make the transition to school less overwhelming and more fun with these awesome First Day of School Activities for Kindergarten!

Awesome First Day of School Activities for Kindergarten

Some of these activities are designed to go along with books about the first day of school, including The Kissing Hand and First Day Jitters.

While some activities are independent, we know that Kindergarten kids are young and school is a whole new world – so of course you may need to support them a little (or a lot) in some of the activities depending on your class. But we have listed a variety of activities so you can pick and choose the ones that work best for your class. And of course, these activities don’t have to just be for the first day – Back to School for me is more like a season and goes for quite awhile. Let’s check them out!

Back to School Printables, Activities, and Crafts

Use these Back to School printables to work on coloring, letters, and more.

Whip up a batch of Jitter Juice.

Make an All About Me book. / Natural Beach Living

Write magical reveal names. / Toddler Approved

Practice name recognition with name towers.

Make a simple and fun paper plate apple craft.

Play a round of Back to School Memory Match. / Playdough to Plato

Make a set of  Kissing Hand keys to keep first day fears away. / Crissy’s Crafts

Give students these adorable and simple Back to School gifts with these free tags! / Recipe for Teaching

Kids will love making these Kissing Hand suncatchers. / Fantastic Fun and Learning

Have fun playing with this Back to School play dough kit!

These First Day of School books make fun memories to look back on. / Our Aussie Homeschool

Let the kids make a friendship wreath to help establish friendships right from the start. / Preschool Playbook

Go on a school supply scavenger hunt. / Life Over Cs

Want to stress less with even more “must-try” tips while learning how to create a “Playful Learning” environment?

(even if you “aren’t allowed to play”)

If you’re wanting to incorporate playful learning, free-flowing centers, effective routines, and more in your Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom, then you’ll definitely want to join us in P.L.A.Y. (Playful Learning All Year)!

This P.L.A.Y. course is a deep dive into practical ways that you can create a playful learning environment in your classroom!

This course is a deep dive into practical ways that you can create a playful learning environment in your classroom. Be sure to request an invitation so you’re the first to hear when the virtual doors open!

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