I have been waiting to share this with y’all since last year. I made this FREE printable for my preschool class like the night before school and we start school mid-September, so it was too late to post for many of you. What is so wonderful is that even if this first day of school keepsake doesn’t work for you, you can adjust it.
Okay, I want to tell you why I think this is the perfect simple keepsake for the first day of preschool. On the first day, your students will be making huge adjustments. They may have visited your class already but the first day might be the first time they have had to separate from their primary caregiver. That alone is HUGE. After that though there is a classroom full of toys and new faces, and it’s all overwhelming. So this simple little activity using just crayons is familiar. Most children will have used crayons before, and they can draw whatever they want. If a child doesn’t do it, don’t push, your relationship is new and going slowly is key. Make sure to print off a few extras because the one “trick” I do use to encourage the children is to do the activity myself. Since I use this as a free choice activity that means I may end up doing a few of these for myself.
Don’t forget to add the child’s name and age before popping it into their cubby to take home. Having something to take home creates a physical connection to school for kids, and hopefully, it will be put on a fridge where the family can talk about it as everyone adjusts to the new school year.
Don’t forget to take photos and send a quick email to your students’ parents thanking them for sharing their kids with you, telling them how excited you are to spend the school year with their children and the best way to contact you during and after the school day. So much of teaching preschool is about the family connection and starting on a good foot is much better than trying to patch up miscommunication later.
** A reader requested a last day of school version – see it and print it out here!
For more great preschool ideas do not miss our preschool lesson plans, we have a long list of great preschool themes to choose from and if you like this activity you’ll love what you’ll find in these units.