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It’s back-to-school season, and we’re scrambling to pull together everything our kids need, from the new clothes to the backpacks and lunch boxes to the school supplies. And after all that work, we parents just want two rewards: some much-deserved peace and quiet, and an adorable first day of school photo. Is it too much to ask to get the kiddos to pose with one of those first day of school signs that capture their likes and goals? Probably, but we’re going to make them pose anyway. It’s the least they can do.
Whether it’s your kid’s first first day of school, or they’re going back for a brand new year, these are a few of our favorite first day of school signs.
All the Details
This is the kind of sign you think about when you think about first day of school signs: cute and vibrant, with space for all the sweet details you want to remember about your child at this particular age, like their favorite things and their future aspirations. It has two sides, so you can capture those details on both the first and the last day.
Rustic Vintage Vibes
The perfect blend of rustic and floral for a sweet vintage vibe, this durable wooden board — with first day details on the front and last day on the back — makes the perfect photo prop to commemorate those memorable school days.
Your little dino lover will think this double-sided chalkboard is “roar-some!” It’s sturdy and covered with a waterproof PET film, which makes it a breeze to write and erase.
For the Apple of Your Eye
The apple is the quintessential symbol of the first day of school, and this set of two (one for the first day, one for the last) lets you capture all the important details. They’re reusable and made in the USA.
Perfect in Pink
This adorable double-sided unicorn sign comes in standard black, too, but we dig the more unconventional pastel pink background — it’ll stand out in a sea of back-to-school pics!
If you’re into a more simple aesthetic (or, let’s be honest, questioning your penmanship skills with chalk), this 10×10 letter board fits the bill perfectly. A #1 bestseller with almost 13K 5-star reviews, it doesn’t have a lot of fuss or frills: just a classic board with changeable letters. It does come in a variety of frame and felt colors, though, if you’re feeling a little fancier — and as a bonus, it’s on sale right now too!
Chalk it Up
Of course, no first day of school sign would be complete without a set of chalk markers. We like these from Chalky Crown ; they’re bright and bold, water-based and nontoxic. (They have a set of vintage chalk markers , too, in more subdued colors!)