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FREE Editable & Printable First Day Of School Signs

Taking photos with a first day of school sign is a cute tradition for families! It’s a great way to commemorate your child’s first day back to school and it’s also a fun way to show off your school spirit.

Plus, these free printable first day of school signs are great to print and use for free!

All you need to do is download the editable file, edit to include your child’s name and the school year, and then take a picture of them holding it up on their first day of school.

This is such a simple and easy tradition that any family can do! Plus, it’s a great way to get your child excited about going back to school.

Don’t forget to check out our back to school crafts for even more first day of school fun!

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We’re not really sure when this trend happened because we don’t remember it as children, but it sure is fun to look back on as the kids grow up.

These first day signs are super easy to print out at home too. The fit on an 8.5″x11″ paper so there’s no need to visit a printing store!

We love using our Canon laserjet printer for everything, but especially for colorful printables like these. Since we print so many things in color, we switched to a laser printer. And just let me tell you, it’s totally worth it!

Our printer creates clear, crisp, and awesome pictures. If you do a lot of color (or black and white) printing from home, we suggest you check out this printer.

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We’ve now included a first day of daycare sign to the PDF download.

Because every mom wants a sweet first day of school picture, we’ve included the following grade level options:

  • Daycare
  • Preschool
  • Kindergarten
  • 1st grade
  • 2nd grade
  • 3rd grade
  • 4th grade
  • 5th grade
  • 6th grade
first day of school signs mockup of 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade

If you’re like us, you’ll want to make the first day of school pictures a yearly tradition!

In order to edit your cute first day of school sign, you’re going to need to have Adobe Reader installed on your computer. It’s 100% free and most people already have it downloaded!

If you want your current school year font to look the same as ours, you’ll also need to download the free font, Acre Medium.

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the free font, open the editable PDF file in Adobe Reader. From there, you’ll see a blue block at the bottom of each sign. Just click in the box and enter your text.

editing school sign in Adobe Reader

You can add the 2023-2024 school year or enter the actual date of the first day of school!

Whether you post your kid’s first day of school photos on social media or keep them for personal use, you’ll love looking back on these free printable signs! 

Back To School Unit For Kids

It’s almost that time of year again! The time when kids head back to school and fill their brains with new information.

But before the learning can begin, there’s always the fun of shopping for school supplies and picking out a new backpack. This year, mix things up a bit and get your kids excited for the new school year with some back-to-school ideas, activities, and printables. Below are our favorite ideas!

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Books About School

There are so many reasons why reading out loud to your children can help their development! For one thing, it helps them to develop their listening skills. They learn to pay attention to someone else’s voice and to follow along with a story.

Additionally, it exposes them to new vocabulary words and concepts. As they hear you read, they learn about different places, people, and things. It also helps them to develop their own reading skills. By seeing you read and hearing the words spoken out loud, they start to understand how reading works.

And finally, it’s just a lot of fun! Start the new school year with these fun books about school time:

We Don’t Eat Our Classmates – This silly book is about a dinosaur named Penelope who is starting school and just can’t resist eating her classmates! Kids will love the fun drawings and crazy antics of Penelope, while also learning that being mistreated is never fun.

Chairs On Strike – The chairs have had enough of all the crazy things the kids do to them so they go on strike! This story helps kids learn to take care of their property and has lots of fun and silly humor.

Daniel Goes To School – If you have a little one who’s starting preschool or kindergarten and is reluctant to be away from you, this book is perfect for them! Daniel Tiger learns “grown-ups come back” at the end of every school day. We love this cute book!

School Crafts

Try any one of these fun school crafts:

Paper Plate Apple Craft – It’s that time of year again! The leaves are starting to change color, the evenings are getting cooler, and kids are heading back to school. To help your little ones get into the back-to-school spirit, why not try this fun apple project?

Photo Bus Craft – Here’s a cute bus for kids to make! They can put their own photo in the bus window, or you could use a photo of them with their friends. And the best part? It’s a fun way to celebrate the back to school season!

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Worm In Apple Craft – Back to school season is upon us, which means it’s time for some fun back to school activities! One of our favorites is this worm in apple. It’s easy and cute, and kids will love creating it!

Apple Name Craft – This apple activity is a back to school favorite. It’s a sweet and simple way for kids to spell their names with apple seeds on a paper apple. Download the editable template, gather your supplies (and a little bit of creativity!), and start creating with your little ones!

More Back To School Ideas

This first day of school printable book is the perfect way to capture all the excitement of starting school! There’s no better way to save those precious memories than with this fun activity. Have your kiddos draw pictures or write about their favorite parts of the day. This activity is a fun way for them to reflect on all the new experiences they had!

These preschool number coloring pages are great options for easing kids into the new school year. They’re simple enough for young children to complete independently but are also a fun way to practice number recognition.

Add these free printables to your lesson plans, or use them at home to reinforce learning. Either way, they’re a ton of fun!

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Make the first day back to school extra special with these school I Spy printables! These fun activities help kids practice visual discrimination skills and keep them entertained while they adjust to being back in the classroom.

There are options for counting numbers 1-5 and others for numbers 6-10, so choose the level that’s best for your child. Use them as a brain break between lessons or a quiet activity for early finishers!

Combine learning and creativity with these back to school color by number worksheets. Your little ones can count and color their way through the fun designs while strengthening their number recognition skills! Kids of all ages will enjoy these worksheets as they help them settle into the new school year.

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Free PDF First Day Of School Printable

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Becky Sponseller

Monday 15th of July 2024

Thanks you from our preschool team !


Tuesday 16th of July 2024

No problem! Glad you can use it!

Amanda Silva

Sunday 27th of August 2023

Please send link


Monday 28th of August 2023

Of course! All you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of this post to have the link sent to you.


Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

I want to print it PLEASE


Tuesday 22nd of August 2023

Since you’re already an email subscriber, all you need to do is enter your email in the form at the end of any post and it’ll automatically redirect you to the download page 🙂


Tuesday 25th of July 2023

Thank you. I am a preschool teacher.


Thursday 27th of July 2023

No problem ◡̈


Tuesday 25th of July 2023

I have looked at all the free printable templates and there is never a link to download Please advise.

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