Starting school is an exciting milestone in every child’s life. As they start a new school year, they are filled with a mix of excitement and curiosity.
Some might feel a tad nervous, while others are eager to make new friends and learn new things.
Start off the school year with a fun craft to get them excited to learn while having fun. This pencil name craft is a good one to start with since they will need to know how to spell their name once they’re in school.
Make the start of the school year exciting with some fun back to school activities!
Paper Craft Pencil
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Whether this is their first time learning to spell their name or they’re already spelling pros, this pencil craft offers something for everyone. It will hone their fine motor skills, enhance letter recognition, and spark their creativity.
This is a great craft to either do at home to get kids familiar with the letters in their names or as a personalized craft in the classroom.
Whether you’re a parent or a teacher, we’ve made the template super helpful by making it editable. This way, each child’s name can be printed just the way they spell it.
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Pencil template (enter your email in the form at the end of this post to get the template)
Download the template, edit it to add your child’s name, print it, and cut out the pieces you need.
Begin by gluing the lead to the top of the pencil.
Place the eyes below the eyebrows and just above the mouth and glue them in place.
Next, take the top of the pencil piece and glue it just below the mouth.
Take the completed top part of the pencil and glue it to a piece of background paper. Depending on how long the child’s name is, you may need to have part of the top hanging off the top of the paper.
Arrange the letters below the top of the pencil to spell out the child’s name and glue them in place.
Place the metal band below the last letter of the name and glue it in place.
Next, glue the eraser piece below the metal band.
Optionally, you can cut out the pencil from the background piece of paper.
We have lots more name crafts here that we’re sure your kids will love to craft! Be sure to check them out while you’re here.
School Themed Ideas For Kids
Welcome back to another school year! We have some school themed crafts and educational activities that will make this school year unforgettable.
Through crafting and interactive learning, kids will gain important skills and not even realize it since they’re having fun! We’ve handpicked some great projects for you to explore, so keep reading below for the perfect mix of fun and education to make this school year the best yet.
Kids’ Books About School
Kids who are read to regularly are more likely to have a higher vocabulary and better communication skills. Plus, reading aloud with kids is a wonderful bonding experience that can create lasting memories!
Some of our favorite back to school books are below.
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!
Easy Crafts Ideas For Kids At School
Crafting is an excellent activity for kids that offers a host of developmental benefits. As they put their creativity and imagination to use, they enhance fine motor skills and problem-solving skills.
So, why wait? Encourage your kids to dive into the wonderful world of crafting with our favorite back-to-school projects below.
Apple Core Craft – Get ready to munch on this sweet apple craft! It’s a fantastic activity for kids to refine their fine motor skills and master scissors as they cut and paste the apple core pieces together. This juicy apple starts with a household item – a paper plate!
Crayon Paper Bag Puppet Craft – Calling all little artists! Kids will get to use their imaginations with this adorable crayon character puppet as they create their very own unique buddy and bring it to life with vibrant colors. This fun activity is a fantastic way to express their creativity.
Photo Bus Craft – Kids will be the star passenger on this bus! It’s a fun back-to-school craft where kids will take a ride to a year of fun and learning. This keepsake craft is a cute way to remember their little faces from the beginning of the school year.
Back to School Gnome Craft – This craft is bound to bring a smile to your face. As kids bring this adorable character to life, their creativity will soar, and they’ll be thrilled to showcase their cute creations to friends and family.
School Themed Activity Ideas
Elevate your back-to-school pictures with these adorable first day of school signs! Just personalize them with your child’s name and school year to capture a precious snapshot of them proudly holding it on their first day of school.
Use these preschool alphabet worksheets to help teach your kids their ABCs. These letter mazes will help them recognize uppercase and lowercase letters of all 26 letters of the alphabet. Laminate the sheets to make them reusable with a dry erase marker or buttons.
This back to school letter search activity is a fun, hands-on way for preschoolers and kindergarteners to practice identifying letters of the alphabet. They’ll also work on visual discrimination skills which will help them become better readers and writers.
Use these back to school line tracing printables to give your young learners practice tracing to develop their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
These activities not only are entertaining but help them build important cognitive abilities. These worksheets are a great way for kids to get prepared for the upcoming school year.
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- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Pencil template
- Download the template, edit it to add your child's name, print it, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by gluing the lead to the top of the pencil.
- Place the eyes below the eyebrows and just above the mouth and glue them in place.
- Next, take the top of the pencil piece and glue it just below the mouth.
- Take the completed top part of the pencil and glue it to a piece of background paper. Depending on how long the child's name is, you may need to have part of the top hanging off the top of the paper.
- Arrange the letters below the top of the pencil to spell out the child's name and glue them in place.
- Place the metal band below the last letter of the name and glue it in place.
- Next, glue the eraser piece below the metal band.
- Optionally, you can cut out the pencil from the background piece of paper.