5 Must-Do First Day Activities for Back-to-School

5 Must-Do Activities for Back-to-School

Brace yourself - the first day of school is coming. As back-to-school begins, we prepared a list of the best First Day activities to do with your students! These activities below will cure any first day jitters that your students might have and ease them into the new school year.

1. Welcome your students with hospitable pineapples!

ellison pineapple

Overview
This fun pineapple-themed icebreaker will easily fit into any tropical-themed classrooms! Pineapples have become the symbol for hospitality and welcome, making it the perfect activity to fully welcome new students to your class. Delve into the rich history behind this sweet and tangy fruit to make the First Day educational, but fun!
Activity
Use our Ellison Pineapple SureCut Die for perfect pineapple shapes and prepare them for class. Have students decorate their pineapples and write a fun fact about themselves on the back. Spend the rest of the class period sharing fun stories and wrap up the lesson with the story of the symbolic pineapple!
Why We Love It
This quick and simple activity is ideal for educators who are low on time. It's the perfect balance of fun and learning!

2. Make masks and turn your students into heroes!

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Overview
Up, up, and away! Turn your students into Superheros and save the First day of School!
Activity
Use these dies to create wearable masks for your students. Have students decorate their mask and choose their Superhero name and power. The class can introduce themselves as their new identity and explain their newly acquired powers!
Why We Love It
Your kids will look and feel like Superheroes at the end of this activity! Boost confident and morale in your classroom with this first day plan.

3. Uplifting Build a Better World Activity

Overview
Form a larger sense of self and community within your students with this meaningful back-to-school activity. This crafting exercise will expand the scope of a student's mind and help them realize that the education they are getting today will have a positive impact in our world. Leave an impression on the very first day!
Activity
Use our Build a Better World Bulletin Board for a complete set of letters, tools, reaching arms, and globe dies. Each student can decorate their own hand. As a class, educators can discuss what tools might be useful for helping the world. The imagery of your student's own personalized arm reaching towards helping the world will remind students to keep striving even on their worst school days.
Why We Love It
The message behind this activity is profound and powerful, but not without some fun! Students still get to decorate their own arm, plus discuss about the world. Who knows? They may unearth some things that even you, as an educator, may not have thought of! We love this activity, because everyone here has a chance to learn something new.

4. Set your future with fortune tellers

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Overview
Leave it up to fate with this activity! Your class will be fun and bustling with conversation in no time with these fortune teller questions.
Activity
Make fortune tellers with our Fortune Teller dies. Prepare questions that students can ask their partner for the activity (ex. "What is your partner's things favorite thing to do during the summer?"). Get students into groups of two. Then, students can make/play with the fortune tellers while learning about their partner
Why We Love It
Students get creative with fortune tellers and the more they know about their partner, the more creative their fortune tellers will be! Get your fortune told by one of your students and vice versa, making for a fun and fortune-filled first day.

5. At the end of a rainbow is a happy classroom!

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Overview
Don't let any rain on your student's parade with this Rainbow Cloud activity. Both you and your students can learn more about each other, which make introductions and first day nerves disappear.
Activity
Use our Cloud dies and give each student a cloud. Have students write their name on the cloud. Using thin strips of rainbow colors (yellow, red, purple, green, etc.), have students write something about themselves on each strip! For example, red can be age; purple can be future goals; green can be favorite food! Glue the strips to the end of the cloud to form a rainbow and hang them around the classroom for everyday brightness.
Why We Love It
Fun for the students and easy for the educator to memorize names, this activity is good if you always find yourself getting names wrong!

Did you have a favorite activity? Or have you already tried one of them out? Let us know in the comments below, we can't wait to read all about it! If you're going to be on social media and making all kinds of things like we are, be sure to hashtag your posts with #ellisonedu on Facebook and/or Instagram! If you aren't already, make sure that you're following us on FacebookInstagramPinterest and Twitter for behind the scenes, tips, tricks, tutorials, and so much more!

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