It’s that time of year again – back to school! It comes around faster every year, and every year there seems to be more things you need to remember as part of your daily routine and beyond. As you know, preparation is key, and we’ve got a few ideas to put some extra pep in your prep!
Perfect for streamlining your morning by making sure everything your child needs is on one place, and fully customisable so you can divide up the sections for different days or each child if you’re getting more than one little one ready for school.
What you will need:
- Fabric scissors
- Coloured felt
- Vanishing fabric marker pen
- Adhesive quilters tape
- Hanging organiser
- Wardrobe or clothes rail
- Lots of stuff!
- Print out letters representing each day of the week (M, T, W, T, F, and WE for weekend), and cut out.
- Draw around the stencil lettering (or free hand!) onto the coloured felt using a vanishing fabric marker pen, cut out using fabric scissors.
- Press self-adhesive quilters tape onto the back of the felt lettering and peel off the backing.
- Lay out your hanging organiser on the floor and stick your felt lettering into each segment.
- Hang your organiser in a wardrobe or on a clothing rail.
- Add in your clothes or other bits you may need to get organised for the week.
Organise your letters
Before the parents’ evening reminders, after school activities, permissions slips, uniform policies and other key info that’s likely to litter your living room table before going walkabout, whip up an organisation station.
What you’ll need:
- Notice board
- Blank card
- Marker pen
- Lots of letters
- Star stickers
- And a busy schedule!
- Create two sections ‘letters to sign’ and ‘letters to keep’ by writing with a marker pen on some card.
- Pin these to the organiser to create two sections for your letters, then add your children’s school letters to the relevant section so you never forget a thing.
- Use chalk to plan your families week of after school activities and important things to remember to do that week.
- Why not double up as a reward chart and add stickers for good behaviour or tasks completed well in the week.
Think outside the lunchbox
Packed lunches can be a bit dull, but we’ve discovered a way to give the humble sandwich a better pedigree and added paw-sibilities. Our doggy sandwiches will turn lunchtime into a more fun dining experience to brighten your kid’s morning and make their lunchbox the envy of their classmates.
What you will need:
- A knife
- Cookie cutters
- Lunch box
- Icing piping bag
- Cream cheese
- And some creativity!
- Take two slices of bread and spread both slices with butter, add a slice of cheese as the sandwich filling and add your second slice of bread on top.
- Use the love heart cookie cutter to press down into the bread to create the love heart sandwich.
- Take another slice of cheese and use the love heart cookie cutter to press into the cheese to cut out a love heart shaped cheese slice.
- Take a knife and cut a straight line through middle of the heart to the pointed tip of the love heart.
- Turn both the heart sandwich and the cheese slice upside down.
- Add each half of cheese slice into the middle of the love heart sandwich, ensure the cheese overhangs the bread as these are your dog’s ears.
- Use the piping bag to fill with cream cheese and add three blobs onto the bread – this is for the eyes and nose. Top each blob with a piece of olive.
All Star Sandwiches
If you are what you eat, this lunchbox will make your little one a star student! Help them shoot for the stars with a healthy, balanced lunch that’s packed with learning energy and lots of fun.
What you will need:
- Sandwich filling of your choice
- Star cookie cutter
- Reusable lollipop stick
- Take two slices of bread and butter both slices evenly with a spread or fill with a sandwich filling of your choice. Add the second slice of bread to close the sandwich.
- Take your star cookie cutter and press down into the bread 3 times to reveal star shaped sandwiches.
- Take your reusable lollipop stick and push through the centre of each star sandwich
- Add some salad pieces or fruit to your lunch box to finish off the top and bottom of the star rocket sandwich.