A few weeks ago I told you about the BEST thing for help with back to school!  The Back to School eGuide has not only given me expert advice on products that will help make the transition and school year easier, but it has helped me make decisions on what I need to focus on. School supplies, snacks, and clothing. 

As a mom who is sending all three to school for the first year ever – 2 to preschool, 1 to 1st grade – this guide has been really valuable!

Another benefit I have gotten from the guide is ideas!  And the desire to get organized!  And my favorite way to get organized is to do crafts with my kids that will help me guide the day and stay on track!

So, armed with the idea that I would make a ‘schedule board’ and my kids would decorate some new school folders, I checked out the eGuide for opinions on products that I could use to help me!

Of course, if I am going to do any craft, I’ll need Elmer’s Glue and Products to help me along the way!  As I read the guide, I made a list of what I needed.  A small tri fold board, Elmer’s Painters Pens, Elmer’s School Glue, Elmer’s Glue Sticks and so on.   I grabbed my ‘I am so over this summer thing’ kids and headed to Walmart!

Happy to be out, we lazily shopped noticing the great Back to School display with Elmer’s products in it, the Champions for Kids donation box and items to give to kids, and the great selection of Tyson Chicken snacks that will make great snacks for after school.  My kids and I absolutely love to do crafts together!  In fact, we have spent a good part of the summer inside in the air condoning crafting with stickers, constructions paper,  Elmer’s glitter glues and more!  So this trip was right up our alley!

We grabbed everything in no time and headed home to make our Back to School crafts!  I noted to myself to donate to the Champions for Kids program when I did my back to school shopping for the girls! I also loved the back to school stickers I found!  I instantly imagined a “Welcome to the School Year” craft for my girls teachers with these!  How fun would that be?

Once home, the girls and I talked about what we would do.  Megan wanted to decorate her very first Back to School folder with her horsey stickers, Katie was all about the peace sign and Sarah wanted to sparkle up her ‘I have to have PURPLE’ folders with the Painter’s and more stickers!

I set to work on the ‘Rules for School’ board that is more of a schedule than rules.  But using the word “Rules” in my house seems to work better than schedule!

So on my trifold board, purchased because it is sturdy and will last the year, I wrote out the times and activities that needed to happen on a school day around here!  With three young ones and two different schools, we’ll need to learn this routine sooner than later!  So, we are starting it ASAP!

We used to glue sticks to adhere some back to school appliques and the kids used to the glue to put pictures of themselves on their folders!  The craft really got them excited about school in a few weeks and is making it easier for me to discuss the earlier bedtime with them too!

So now that we have our ‘rules’ and our decorated folders, we are just in need of our clothing from CookiesKids.com and a trip to Sears! And though summer is coming to an end and it seems a little sad, the excitement of the fresh new year will make all of the busy time right now well worth it!

How are you preparing for back to school?  Have you bought school supplies, snacks and clothing yet?  Be sure to check out the eGuide for great tips and ideas!

 And don’t forget to download your trusty 1st Day App from Elmer’s!  Capture that 1st Day Photo and share it with everyone!


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