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A Back To School Mailbox Organization Craft

It’s an exciting day here today.  My daughter starts full day Pre-K in uniform today!  Unfortunately I’m out of town for work so I didn’t get to do the whole first day of school pictures in person.  Thanks to technology though I was able to Facetime with her this morning.

Because school is starting I wanted to share an easy way to organize all of those school papers, projects, notes, and homework that are about to start coming home. A simple mailbox in a useful and functional space is a great way to corral all those items.

back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailboxWho better to help me with this project than the little lady that is going to be using it the most?  It’s always kind of fun to do crafts like this together.

Back To School Mailbox Materials

This back to school mailbox is super easy to make using things that you probably have around your house already.  Here are the things you’ll need to make your own school mailbox.

  • Cereal Box
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Stickers, Markers, Pom Poms, Confetti, Gemstones, anything kids would like to decorate with

back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailboxI used brown craft paper but it’s pretty thick and somewhat difficult to wrap very tightly.  So I’d recommend using traditional wrapping paper in a neutral color if you want the decorations to stand out.  Or use a fun patterned wrapping paper and add minimal decorations (perfect for a tween or teenager).

DIY Back to School Mailbox Instructions

1. First you’ll need to cut down your cereal box.  Cut the flaps off the top then make angular cuts on the small sides.  This allows the front to be shorter than the back. back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailbox2. Next you’ll wrap the cereal box.  I found it easiest to wrap the box as if you were wrapping a normal square box.

3. Then on the top or open side of the mailbox you’ll need to cut down into the corners of the box so that you can fold the paper over into the mailbox. Like the picture below.

back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailbox4. Once you’ve done that, fold the paper over into the box and secure with tape. Once it’s wrapped all the sides and most of the inside will be covered in paper.

back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailbox5. The fun part starts now!  This is where your little helpers can use their imagination to decorate the mailbox however they’d like.  We used a combination of Frozen stickers, markers, gemstones, pom poms,  and confetti.

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back to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailboxback to school mailbox, back to school organiation, back to school craft, organize school papers with a mailboxOnce it had dried, because preschoolers use A LOT of glue, I put it in our mudroom.  This is the space where I’m hoping right after getting home from school, she’ll put all of her things away.

Her papers will go into the mailbox and she’ll unload her backpack into the closet and lunchboxes will go back in the pantry.  Here’s hoping!

This summer I really tried to work on my daughter’s independence.  I’ve been trying to get her to clean up her place after meals.  And now she’ll have putting her school things away on her list of “chores.”  Do your kids have chores?  What age did you start introducing chores?

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I hope this helps keep you organized at the start of school and all through the school year.  And I’m sure your kids will have fun decorating their little hearts out!

Here’s to back to school!

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Back to School Checklist

Well, I’m back after having a baby and taking a few weeks off.  It was nice, but I missed blogging more than I thought I would.  I especially missed the routine I had gotten into before having the baby.  He’s adorable and cuddly, so I’m enjoying that too!  Check out my Instagram Stories to see a sneak peak of the little guy.

I know most kids have started going back to school, at least they have where I live.  However, my daughter doesn’t start pre-school until August 21st, so I still have time to put this back to school checklist to use and I hope you do too.

I’ve compiled a few items that I think everyone probably needs to think about right before school starts.  I’m sure there are many more that aren’t included on this list that are specific to your school or grade of your child.  If you know of a really good one that we could all be reminded of be sure to leave a note in the comments for us to benefit from.

Click on the picture below to download and print out the checklist to use before school starts!

Some things like school supplies are a no brainer when getting ready for school, but others may need reminding.  Have you gotten all the forms filled out and turned in that are required before school starts? Why are there so many forms?  What about figuring out the routine of before and after school?  I’d recommend doing a dry run before school starts just so everyone in the family knows what they need to do.

Did your homework station survive over the summer?  Does it need a little effort into setting it up again?  Doing so will mean once the kiddos bring home homework they aren’t stumbling looking for a pen or a quiet place to read.

Take some chaos out of the morning shuffle by setting up a lunch packing station in your refrigerator and pantry.  Encouraging your kids to pack their own lunches will also cut down the time to get out the door in the morning.  Having easy snacks, lunches, and drinks on hand and available to throw into a lunchbox will make it much more likely that the kids will do it on their own.

My personal favorite on the checklist is the last item.  I love the idea of hosting a back to school party or an end of summer soiree.  A simple neighborhood ice cream social or a back to school breakfast with a few friends is a great way to celebrate the anticipation of a new school year.  Here are a few parties that do a great job celebrating back to school.

Don’t forget to click on the checklist above and have a handy reminder of all that needs to be done before school starts.  And be sure to leave a comment with your best back to school reminder for us all.   Or let me know what you’re looking forward to the most this school year.

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Back to School Reflections

Today is the first day of school where I live.  I’ve always had a fondness for this time of year.  Growing up, I loved school, so I was always excited to go back.

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Back to school always meant that a few things were going to happen.  I was going to get new school supplies.  Even at a young age, unsharpened pencils and fresh, clean notebooks were really exciting.  I would get to go back to school shopping.  This wasn’t as fun with changing bodies and disagreements with my parents, but in the end I still got new clothes.  And I would get a new pair of tennis shoes.  It was a challenge to see how long I could go before getting them dirty.

With all of those new things, the biggest underlying theme was that there was so much possibility at back to school time.  Who knew what was going to happen.  The idea that anything was possible was so exciting.

I think making this time special for your kids will get them excited for school.  It’s pretty easy with shopping trips for school supplies and new clothes.  But there are plenty of other ways to mark the end of summer and beginning of a new school year.

Do one last big excursion to mark the end of summer.  Go on a weekend trip, or have a big end of summer pool party.  Just spending some one on one time with your kids before they are in school everyday will be memorable for them.

My mom always made a special breakfast for us on the first day of school.  I always looked forward to starting my first day of school with a hot meal.  Do that for your kids, and maybe even do it everyday their first week.  I still remember my Senior year of high school when my mom didn’t make breakfast on the first day of school.  That day just wasn’t the same.

Back to school time doesn’t have to be special just for the kids either.  I think by this time most parents are ready for their kids to be in school during the day.  Why not mark the occasion by getting brunch with your friends after school drop off.  Maybe something even better, would be to take a walk in the park by yourself.  I’m sure you’ll appreciate the time alone after a summer with your kids.

It’s times like back to school that I feel need to be celebrated.  All it takes is a hot breakfast, some new school supplies, and a walk in the park to make it special.  Good luck to all of you parents that have to drop off your kids at school and not see them until later this afternoon.  I hope this is a great school year for your kids and you!

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Celebrating everyday!