Clothes bought?  Feet measured and new shoes polished?  Pencil cases re-stocked with freshly-pointed pencils?  (Or, if you’re north of the border, are they already stained, scuffed and sharpened down to half their original size?)

It’s that time of year again and whether you’re a parent celebrating the re-opening of the school gates or one sad to be facing an emptying house again, it’s definitely an important time for your children…

SchoolRulesCupcakesHow about holding a back to school party?  You may still have time to sneak one in before they’re back at their desks or you might need that to happen first in order to be able to distribute the invites.  Either way, Five Little Chefs can help you out with free printables for an End of Summer Party invitation with accompanying water bottle wrappers, Brie Brie Blooms’s post Back to School Bubble Party with Palmolive provides an invitiation, activity cards and thank you tags along with some fabulous ideas and School Rules according to some fun cupcake wrappers from Spaceships and Laserbeams.

BackToSchoolIf it’s signs and tags you’re looking for then Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas offers First Day of School Printable Signs which includes several generic ones as well ones for the different American grades, Ink Factory offers our own editable PencilTagsposter, Bird’s Party blog links to some Printable and Editable Name Tags on a pencil theme and don’t forget we linked to some Star Wars themed printable tags and stickers in our earlier printables post Summer Film Fun.

lunch_box_loveIf your little one is nervous about missing you, or you want to make sure they don’t forget about you completely while they’re off having fun with their friends, then there are plenty of lunchbox note printables available.  Glamumous provides links to 50 Free Printable Sets for Every Occasion (including Shark Facts), Pickle Bums offers designs you can add your own messages to, Barista Kids download is nutritionally themed -“Be HapPEA” and “ORANGE you glad it’s Friday” – and in 16 Back to School Ideas Spaceships and Laserbeams includes teacher appreciation printables as well as lunch box jokes and love notes.

TripleTbacktoschoolThink all those might keep you going for the first term but know there’s two more to come after that?  For a round-up of 10 Awesome Back to School Printables check out Triple T Mum’s links to printables for photos and back to school hopes and dreams – as well as a link to a “Not back to school homeschool pack” for home educators – and take a look at Spaceships and Laserbeams’s 10 Free Back to School Printables for organiser charts and teacher present labels.

Do you love finding printables on the internet?  Do you have particular favourites?  Or have you featured some on your own blog?  Email karen.malpass @ with your links and we may be able to feature them in a future post.


  1. Amie

    Hi 🙂 Thanks for sharing our post!

    • Karen Malpass

      Thanks Amie – just spotted your post too with its helpful calendars and checklists. You have such a lovely blog on top of having four young ones to look after! I’m expecting my second in December and still wondering how I’ll cope!

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