Ultimate List of Back-to-School Tips: Snacks & Lunches, Crafts, Routines, & More!

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It’s almost time for kids to head back to school.  Even though we homeschool, this is a busy time of year for us as well.  Our co-ops and other organizations all take a break over the summer, so in August we’re also having to start packing lunches and preparing backpacks.

To help out with that, we’ve put together a list of after-school snacks, school lunches, crafts, back-to-school routine ideas, and more to help make your school days go more smoothly!

Back-to-School Printables & Crafts

DIY Tie Dye Backpack

Here’s a cute and easy DIY Tie Dye backpack tutorial with iron-on vinyl!

Hand Sanitizer Printable and Back to School Ideas

All of the kids in class will be healthier this year thanks to this free Hand Sanitizer Printable reminding them that just one pump leaves the germs behind.

DIY Ruler Table Runner

Get your kids excited for school spirit with this adorable DIY ruler table runner!

Felt-Covered Wolf Notebook Tutorial

Wolf notebooks are the perfect favor to make for a wolf themed birthday party. The felt-covered composition books are easy to make with the free printable wolf templates and are completely no-sew.

DIY Chalkboard Sign for Back to School

How to make a chalkboard sign for the first day of school using a canvas and chalkboard paint.

15 Back-to-School Sensory Bin Ideas

Fifteen clever ideas for sensory bins with a back to school theme.

Easy crafts for “back to everything”

Here is a fun list of easy crafts that work perfectly for back-to-school!

School Lunches

Free Back to School Lunch Box Jokes

If you’re looking for some new Back to School Lunch Box Jokes, here are some of our favorites, you won’t want to miss.

Pita Pockets with Roasted Veggies and Hummus

Pita Pockets with Roasted Veggies and Hummus Recipe: Healthy and delicious lunch meal you will look forward to. These vegan rainbow pita pockets are very easy and quick to make and can be eaten warm or cold.

Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Lunchables

Lunchables without the scary ingredients! Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Lunchables that are vegan, allergy-free, & grain-free too! This healthy, kid-loved, and mom-approved make-ahead lunch recipe will make the school year a bit more fun!

Homemade Gluten-Free + Allergy-Free Uncrustables (Vegan)

Just what the little picky eaters want! Homemade Gluten-Free + Allergy-Free Uncrustables! A school-friendly, top food allergy-friendly, vegan, and gluten-free version of the packaged “PBJ crustless pocket” sandwich! Make these ahead of time for a quick and easy lunch recipe or snack for the entire school week!

The Best Lunchbox for Preschoolers and Young Children

Packing a lunch for preschool is easy with this lunchbox that has lasted for over two years now. It’s parent, child, and teacher friendly!

5 Mins Pita Pizza

5 Mins Air Fryer Pita Bread Pizza is just the thing to serve up as a quick and easy weeknight supper, kid-approved snack, school or weekend lunch. All it takes is 3 everyday ingredients and almost no effort to enjoy delicious cheesy pizza goodness.

Air Fryer Grilled Cheese with Pear

Crunchy Air Fryer Grilled Cheese is a new take on the comfort food classic you grew up with. You will love how crunchy the bread is and how you get perfectly melted cheese straight out of the air fryer

Best Kids Lunch Boxes, Bags, and Snack Packs

Forget the boring brown paper bags and send your kids to school with one of these adorable kids lunch boxes, lunch bags, and snack packs. Reusable lunch containers make a happy wallet and a happy environment!

Cheap School Lunch Box Ideas Plus Lunch Box Notes

Perfect cheap school lunch box ideas and lunch box notes.

After-School Snacks

Homemade Gluten-Free + Vegan Goldfish (Allergy-Free, Grain-Free)

Nothing says childhood more than Goldfish crackers! Now you can make your own Homemade Gluten-Free & Vegan Goldfish that are top 8 allergy-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and secretly protein-packed! A healthy snack recipe mom’s and kids will love!

Mini Peanut Butter Banana Muffins

Soft textured, beautifully flavored and loaded with chocolate chips, these Peanut Butter Banana Muffins are perfect snack.

Take-Along Watermelon Skewers with Feta and Mint Pesto

These take-along watermelon skewers with feta and mint pesto dressing are a quick and easy appetizer or snack for your next outdoor gathering, BBQ or picnic! Enjoy these delicious and healthy watermelon skewers on a hot summer day!

Pencil Cookies

These cute & easy to make Pencil Cookies are a perfect back to school snack idea!

Apple Cookie Pops

These clever Apple Cookie Pops are easy to make & a fun twist on bringing the new teacher an apple! Make with your child to take whey they “Meet the Teacher,” or have it as a fun after-school snack!

21 Easy Afterschool Snacks

These Easy Afterschool Snacks are sure to be a hit with your kids! Plus they can be budget friendly while making the kids happy at the same time!

Gluten Free Crunchy Energy Bites

A gluten free healthy energy bites recipe. Perfect for back to school snacking!

Orange Strawberry Muffins

Juicy sweet strawberries, orange zest and fragrant vanilla sugar combine into these awesome Orange Strawberry Muffins. They are quick and easy to put together and great for breakfast, brunch or eating on the go.

Apple Cupcakes

Back to School Apple Cupcakes: Moist vanilla cupcakes topped with fluffy buttercream frosting and decorated to resemble an apple. The perfect first day of school treat!

Instant Pot Egg Bites

Amazingly healthy and delicious egg bites, perfect in lunch boxes and as after school snacks.

How To Make Hummus

Give your kids a healthy snack after a long day of school.  This hummus makes for a perfect after-school snack!

Back-to-School Dinners

Strawberry Salad With Cherries and Blueberries

Amazingly delicious low carb Strawberry Salad With Cherries and Blueberries

30 Back-to-School Quick and Easy Crockpot Meals

Many of us live with hectic schedules. These quick and easy crockpot meals will help you feed your family healthy meals with little effort.

10 Fast & Easy Keto Recipes for Weeknights

Embrace the hectic school routine with our pick of the FASTEST, family friendly, EASY keto recipes for busy weeknights (and weekends!) From one-pan low-carb dishes to the tastiest skillet recipes, you won’t be caught off guard again! Recipes are suitable for ketogenic and gluten-free diets

Cheap & Easy Tuna Casserole

This cheap and easy tuna casserole only uses 6 ingredients and is easy to put together!

World’s Best Pancakes

One favorite dinner when you’re back at school is pancakes that you can top with ice cream, delicious homemade strawberry jam, and chocolate chips.  Don’t forget the secret ingredient!

Easy & Delicious Breakfast Casserole

Another easy breakfast-for-dinner is this delicious egg casserole with several kinds of cheese.

18 Easy Meals for Picky Eaters

If your kids are picky eaters, try one of these 18 easy dinners that have been kid-tested and are perfect after a busy school day.

10 Easiest Instant Pot Recipes

The Instant Pot is a lifesaver when it comes to quick and easy dinners during the busy school year.

12 Easy Make-Ahead Freezer Meals

These meals are perfect to make on the weekends and save for the school days that are full of homework, school, and sports.

Back-to-School Tips, Routines, & Motivation

Banish First Day Jitters With These 6 Tips

The first day of school brings many changes into your child’s life which can create anxiety and fear. Help your child banish those first day jitters and have a great first day of school with these 6 simple tips!

Preparing for Kindergarten

Starting kindergarten can be such a magical and fun time but also a scary thing. Prepare yourself and your child to make the transition easier and more comforting with this tips.

Things to do before going back to school

Don’t let back to school time be stressful, do things things to prepare yourself and your family. Make the transition easier and smoother.

4 Simple Steps to Monthly Meal Planning

One of the easiest tricks to back-to-school routines is to make your meal plans a month in advance.  No more wondering what to make for dinner at the end of a busy school day!

Back-To-School Morning Routine

Are you getting into a back-to-school routine? Definitely print out this Back-To-School morning routine printable!

10 Super Smart Back to School Hacks

These easy back to school hacks will have you organized in no time!

{Back to School} Make a 1-sheet for your child. {free templates!}

A printable one sheet for parents to print and fill out so that their new teacher gets to know their child

19 Tips for Your Best Back-to-School EVER {with an IEP!}

Back to school can be extra stressful for kids with IEPs. Here are some tips for smooth sailing into the new school year.

Reboot Your Bedtime Reading Ritual

Ease your children’s transition back to school by re-establishing your bedtime reading routine.

5 Ways Get Ready For Back To School With Healthy Habits

It is the start of back to school!! Be sure to start it out right with some easy healthy habits to give the kids the best start possible to the year.

Get Your Home Back-to-School Ready: 6 Systems for Stress-Free Mornings and Happy Mamas

Get your home and yourself organized for back to school with these 6 simple but very effective systems! They’ll help you get out the door with no tears.

How We Changed Our After school Routine

The “normal” after school routine did not work for our family. Check out how we changed our after school routine and how everyone is happier!

DIY Back-To-School Command Center

Get ready for back to school with a DIY Back-To-School Command Center.  Use the command center to keep your home organized with your new school schedule and routines.

Introducing Your Blended Family to Your Stepchild’s New Teacher

Back-to-school can be a stressful time for stepmoms! This post takes the guesswork out of introducing your blended family to your stepchild’s new teacher!

Why These Essential Oils Need to be in Your Back to School Arsenal

From junior’s first day at kindergarten to your daughter’s senior year at college, back to school time brings together mixed emotions for parents and students alike. Many people think about focus issues when it comes to using Essential Oils but there are so many other ways that EOs can help with back to school time. Here are 10 great reasons why EOs should be in your back to school arsenal.

Frugal & Thrifty Back-to-School Tips

7 Ways to Save Money on School Supplies

Want to save money on school supplies? Here are some simple ways to save money before school starts.

5 Ways to Save Money This School Year

Back to school time can be a stressful time for parents, especially if money is tight. Here are 5 tips to help save you some money for back to school time.

Preparing for school on a tight budget

Don’t let back to school shopping cause stress or drain your finances. Use these tips to help you prepare for school on a tight budget.

Save Money For Back To School Clothes With Thrift Shopping

Save Money For Back To School Clothes With Thrift Shopping! Thrift shopping is budget friendly but it is also the perfect way to build up your wardrobe to!

29 Insider Tips for Clothes Shopping on eBay

So you want to save some money on back to school shopping by purchasing clothes on eBay? Between running our eBay store, and Hubby himself having purchased 500 items over the span of many years, we’ve learned a lot about how eBay works. If you want to shop for back to school clothing on eBay, here are 29 tips from two insiders.

How To Save Big On Back To School Shopping

Budget tight? Need to save money on your back to school shopping? Check out these 14 easy tips to save big on your school supplies and clothes.

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13 comments

Mellisa July 22, 2019 - 7:16 am

This is an amazing list!!! I know how much time it took to put this post together. Amazing friends!

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Trent Peek July 22, 2019 - 7:45 am

Great list. I can’t believe it’s already time to plan for school!

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Keri Chiles July 24, 2019 - 6:50 am

I love all the snack and dinner ideas!

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Minda @ Centsandfamily July 25, 2019 - 7:43 am

WOW, what a great list of resources and so much information! I have pinned this for later!

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Ashleigh August 26, 2019 - 7:11 am

This is a really comprehensive list, I can tell you put a lot of thought and time into it. I am sharing this list on my page so all my mom friends can pin it! Thanks for sharing!

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Poorna Banerjee August 26, 2019 - 4:45 pm

loved the compilation! so helpful!

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Geeky Daddy August 27, 2019 - 8:04 am

Love the 5 minute Pita Pizza! Well, I love anything “pizza”, but the Pita idea especially!
And you know what “back to school” time really means…Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Time!

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Julie M Smith August 27, 2019 - 8:15 am

What a comprehensive list for preparing for back-to-school. Thanks for sharing!

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Lisa August 27, 2019 - 2:40 pm

This is such a great compilation! Definitely going to be using some of the snack ideas.

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Marcie Kenny August 28, 2019 - 3:41 pm

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Tiffany August 28, 2019 - 4:30 pm

Sure, please do!

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Sarah August 29, 2019 - 6:25 am

Wow, this is an amazing collection of tips! I have bookmarked this article for future reference 🙂

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Alisa Infanti August 29, 2019 - 11:03 am

I freaking love this post! So many ideas!

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