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First Day of Homeschool Celebration Ideas

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The first day back to school can feel like a drag. While public school kids get new clothes and shoes, homeschool kids often just get a few basic supplies. But there is no reason homeschoolers can’t be excited about kicking off a new school year, too! Your first day of homeschool celebration should be a good one! That’s why we rounded up over 100 “first day of homeschool celebration” ideas!

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100+ First Day of Homeschool Celebration Ideas

Do you want to surprise the kiddos with a day of fun when they least expect it or are just looking for something fun to do after you’ve completed your school work for the day? This list of 100+ first day of homeschool celebration ideas has something your kiddos will love, no matter their age! Kick the year off right by adding some excitement to your day!

Go Somewhere:

  • Park
  • Ball fields
  • Creek
  • Movie theater
  • Soccer fields
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  • Visit family
  • Art studio
  • Hiking
  • Splash pad
  • Museum
  • Roller skating
  • Kayaking
  • Swimming pool
  • Beach
  • Bowling Alley
  • GeoCaching
  • Arcade
  • Library
  • Ice skating
  • Overnight trip to a local hotel
  • Volunteer
  • Cave
  • Trampoline park
  • Amusement park
  • Ice skating
  • Tide pools
  • Ride bikes

Eat Something:

  • Serve only cafeteria foods (Wear a hair net and use trays, for an added punch!)Whip up a batch of homemade unicorn donuts that the whole family will love!
  • Homemade Donuts
  • Order Pizza for lunch
  • Make Homemade Ice Cream
  • Pancakes shaped like the grade they’re in
  • Have a candle-lit dinner
  • Go out for breakfast in your pajamas
  • Load up on candy
  • Order takeout (My kids are obsessed with chinese food!)
  • Go out for appetizers!

Make Memories:

  • About Me pages
  • Do an experiment
  • Hide the supplies and make them search for them
  • Back-to-School gifts
  • Draw a self-portrait
  • Create handprint art
  • Host a themed party
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  • Write yearly goals on balloons and let them go
  • New pajamas for the kiddos
  • Indulge in audiobooks
  • Create a “School Year Bucket List”
  • Make homemade play doh
  • Declare it an “Art Day!”
  • Create a family T-Shirt to wear to all field trips, etc.
  • Draw on sidewalks with chalk
  • Have a water balloon fight

Take a Field Trip:

  • Local college
  • Farm
  • Fire station
  • Local butcher shop
  • News station
  • Nearby factory
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  • Local historical spot
  • Radio Station
  • Lighthouses
  • Visit the local newspaper printer
  • Sheriff’s Department & Jail
  • Waste water treatment plant
  • State Parks
  • Festival
  • Courthouse
  • Local restaraunt
  • Apple-picking
  • Aquarium
  • Fish Hatchery
  • State Capitol Building
  • Science Museum
  • Zoo
  • Local theater
  • Dairy

Stay Home:

  • Wrap all of the books and supplies
  • Decorate with streamers
  • Scatter balloons all through the house
  • Order the kids flowers with an encouraging note
  • Campout in living room
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  • Watch movies
  • Read your favorite books
  • Have a spa day
  • Play board games all day
  • Create a scavenger hunt
  • Learn a new skill
  • Make art from things you’ve found in nature
  • Invite friends over to celebrate
  • Listen to music
  • Stay up late & sleep in
  • Run through the sprinkler
  • Paint
  • Have a dance party
  • Build a fort
  • Start a family project (like making a rug or quilt)

No matter whether you are celebrating your first day of school or the local public school’s first day, there’s no denying that a few fun ideas can make it a total blast for the whole family!

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