The school year has gone by in a flash and the last day has arrived. Your child has worked hard, learned so much, and grown a ton. There is just so much to be excited about. Make it a super special occasion with these awesome ideas to celebrate the last day of school and the start of summer.
As a teacher, I see first hand how excited students are for the end of the school year.
They are so pumped to move up to the next grade and be a “bigger” kid on campus.
For certain grades, like Kindergarten and 8th grade there are typically formal graduation ceremonies that take place.
But what about all the other grades?
What if your children are home-schooled and next year they will still be learning in the same room with the same teacher (mom)?
Completing an entire year of school is definitely something to be proud of and is worth celebrating every year!
Below you will find quick and easy ideas that parents can use to make the last day of school a special one.
How to Celebrate the Last Day of School
Countdown to the Last Day of School
Nothing builds anticipation like a countdown to any event.
Need an example…
New Year’s Eve!
There’s just something about counting down the days that amps up the excitement factor.
You can re-create that same level of enthusiasm for the end of the school year with a simple countdown.
I recommend starting the countdown about 10 days out. It’s the perfect amount of time to build anticipation without losing interest.
Here are some ideas:
Paper Chain Countdown
Balloon Pop Countdown
Use a Countdown App
Create your own custom countdown on your phone with a fun app like Time and Date. Easy for kids to check and makes it easy for mom to remember.
Wake Up Call
Get the kids pumped for the last day of school by getting them out of bed in a fun and creative way.
Blast a fun song like “Walking on Sunshine”, “Best Day of My Life” or “Celebrate Good Times”
Ask in advance to have their teacher or principal leave a voice message on your phone telling them to get out of bed and come to the school for the last day.
Dress up in “summer clothes” and wake them up by tickling them with a pool noodle.
Last Day of School Breakfast
Plan a special breakfast to get them excited to wake up and start their day.
You could keep it simple and offer kid-friendly favorites like fruit, donuts, or cinnamon rolls.
Consider starting a yearly tradition of inviting your kid’s friends over for a special last day of school breakfast buffet.
Last Day of School Pics
Once their bellies are full, be sure to snap a pic before they head out the door.
Grab a free “Last Day of School” Printable to make the process super easy!
More Last Day of School Traditions
Limo Ride to School
This one can be done on your own – but you can also up the fun-factor by including your kiddos BFF’s.
(It also makes it more affordable that way)
Secretly contact the parent’s of your children’s friends and see who is on board to participate.
Contact the limo company and make arrangements for pick-up. Be sure to confirm how many passengers they can accommodate and the number of scheduled stops.
You could also arrange for this to be an after-school pick up.
T-Shirt to Sign
For this one, all you need is a plain t-shirt and a fabric marker.
If you wanted to get fancy you could iron-on the school’s logo or name….or even the year.
Just have your kiddo wear the shirt to school and allow their friends to sign it – creating the perfect keepsake sleep-shirt!
Last Day of School Lunch Bags
Create these adorable last day of school lunch bags with this free printable file and pack it with your child’s favorites.
You can also place these super sweet last day of school notes inside.
See Ya Next Year Classmate Gifts
Send your kiddo to school with one of these awesome and affordable gifts for their classmates to thank them for a year of fun and friendship.
Host a Last Day of School Tailgate Party
Fill your trunk or the back of your SUV with yummy snacks and invite the neighborhood kids over to enjoy.
You could also collaborate with some other moms and host this in the parking lot of the school at pick up!
Create a Summer Bucket List
Once school is out, it’s time to kick Summer Mode into gear.
Gather up your family and create your summer bucket list.
This Printable Summer Planner for Kids would also be super fun!
Last Day of School After Party
Invite all your kiddos friends over to celebrate their new-found summer freedom!
Amp up the fun-factor with a few fun water toys.
Or maybe even a fun backyard obstacle course.
There you have it mama!