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I always plan a couple of fun surprise items for our first day of school. It adds a bit of excitement, even for the older kids. This list contains some of the things we’ve enjoyed over the years. Many of them can be found at Walmart or your local teacher supply store.
On a strict budget? Check out Dollar Tree or the Target Dollar Spot for back to school treats, or wait a few weeks until the school supplies go on clearance. A side note – school supply clearance sales are a great time to snag some inexpensive stocking stuffers. You might also try thrift stores – a couple of weeks ago I found a package of Mr. Sketch markers for only $1.00, so now we have doubles!
Sculpey Eraser Clay – We are trying this out on Monday so I don’t have an opinion of it yet. Our package is bigger than the one I linked to, and I got it at Hobby Lobby (I think).
Crayola Window Crayons – The vivid colors in these crayons are great for holiday decorating.
Crayola Window Markers – These have a much softer look than the crayons. I use them to write scripture on the bathroom mirrors.
Crayola Crystal Effects Window Markers – So cool! They look like colored frost on the window.
Band in a Box – A favorite of every kid, we’ve almost worn it out!
Mr. Sketch Scented Markers – Did you use these as a kid? They still smell the same. Yummy!
Rythym Band Hand Bells – These were on my wish list for a very long time. They have a beautiful sound and are very easy to learn. Great for Christmas carols!
Scratch n Sniff Stickers – Fun to stick on schoolwork for a job well done.
Dover Bookmarks – These are under $2 and come in several styles. We all pick a few to use during our daily quiet time readings.
The Greatest Dot to Dot Book in the World – These are a bit challenging.
How do YOU add some fun to the first day of school?
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