1. Rise and shine! A hearty breakfast with an implied "I love you" gives your little one an added boost of confidence to conquer their first day.
2. Make a pair of fluffy tissue paper pom-poms that they can wave and shake to show their school spirit. These also make a great addition to a pin board in their room.
3. Say cheese! Snap that first day photo and capture the moment of surprise when they pop these confetti balloons — they burst like fireworks!
4. Worried about confetti in his/her hair? Try this DIY photo idea. We know your kid is bound for a bright future, but even star students like to hear those four little words of encouragement, "Most likely to succeed."
5. Give their textbooks some love too. These cool graphic designs are easy downloadable clip-art, no brown paper needed.
6. And marbleized pencils will be anything but dull during morning writing exercises. (Wrap a small post-it note of encouragement around one pencil for them to find later!)
7. Help them make a fashionable first impression. Whether your kid loves dinosaurs, skateboards, or camping in the backyard, odds are, there's an iron-on patch for it.
8. Kids can strut confidently down the halls to catch their next class thanks to a pair of one-of-a-kind painted sneakers, courtesy of the coolest parent ever. (That's you!)
9. Of course, packing it all up is a lot smoother with an easy-to-spot personalized backpack.
10. At lunch, playing with food (from the cool bento box you packed for them) is totally acceptable when stormtroopers and lightsaber pickles are involved.
11. This makes for a sweet snacktime surprise: Pair a funny face apple with a short punny note.
12. There are two words any kid loves to hear, "Welcome home!" And, by adding a simple chalkboard garland draped over the front door will make them feel even more special.
13. Whip up a special after-school snack, like these, berry-granola parfait pops — they're great to eat while tackling first day homework assignments.
14. Speaking of homework, it's no problem when they have a colorful study corner complete with a chalkboard-painted work table. This makes for saving paper while working out math problems a no-brainer.
15. Do they have any new artwork to flaunt? Perfect! Display them proudly. (Your walls were looking a bit sparse, anyway.)
16. At the start of each school year, check in with a yearly growth chart. That way, they can compare to last year and be proud of their growth. (No tippy toes, please.)
17. Give their first day a sweet ending by baking a batch of apple cupcakes. After all, they're the apple of your eye!
[Get the Recipe: Cupcakes That Look Like Apples]