Say goodbye to summer with a few playful ways to ease the first-day jitters.

By Amanda Kingloff
Christa Renee

Dressing to Impress

Let the kids make their own T-shirts to wear to school. Dip a pencil eraser or a carrot cut into a square into fabric paint and stamp to make cool mosaic patterns.

3-2-1 Go!

Make a countdown calendar for the week before the first day. Hang up a clipboard with seven numbered pages and have your child remove one per day.

Alphabet Eats

Prepare a special A-B-C breakfast schedule for the first week of school. On Monday, serve apple oatmeal; on Tuesday, banana pancakes; on Wednesday, cinnamon muffins; and so on.

Making Memories

Encourage your student to keep a scrapbook updated throughout the year with notes, photos, and artwork.

Originally published in the August 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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