With the fall season upon us, many parents are beginning to tackle the new requirements for this school year. Whether you are opting to temporarily homeschool, or are sending you children back to the classroom, the 2020 school year is uncharted territory for many of us. Along with the standard back to school prep, we’re now in a position when we need to consider special precautions to help protect our children and families. To help you and your children prepare for the new school year, we’ve assembled a variety of different crafts and projects for all of your child’s back to school needs.
Whether returning to the classroom, or temporarily homeschooling, a dedicated schoolwork space is a must for all kids this school year. With this adorable art caddy idea from I Heart Organizing, you can help turn any area into a productive work space for your child. Alice and Lois also include their own cute DIY idea for creating a homework caddy. It’s a bit more rustic, but offers the same benefit of keeping all the homework necessities in one place.
Most of use have become well acquainted with keeping travel size bottles of hand sanitizer on our person. If you have a child returning to the classroom, you are likely sending them with a bottle of their own. Of course, with most kids, anything out of sight may also be out of mind. This detailed video tutorial from Anjurisa (via YouTube) will walk you through how to create a custom bottle jacket for whatever brand of sanitizer your child will have with them. Now you can simply clip it to their backpack and your kids will have easy access to their hand sanitizer on the go.
For the bookworm in your family, this is an easy and fun craft to help them keep their place in all of their literature. Design Mom provides a detailed guide for creating heart-shaped pom poms using nothing by yarn and a pair of scissors (no special equipment required).
If you’re the kind of parent that likes to customize everything possible, or just can’t seem to find hand sanitizer in your area, you may want to consider making your own. The Concord Monitor provides the basic measurements for creating your own hand sanitizer (2:1 mixture of 99% isopropyl alcohol and aloe vera gel). Of course, if you’re a fan of essential oils, you can create any custom aroma you want by mixing in a drop or two of your favorite scents.
Whether it’s report cards, reminders, or just art, the fridge is a hub of all things paper-related. As a quick art project, you can create a fun set of emoji magnets using this simple guide from Jennifer Maker. If you’re lacking the supplies outlined there, you can always navigate to the Pinwheel Crafts store and check out our Fun Fridge Magnet kit. It has everything your children need to paint and create their very own fridge magnet collection.
And finally, for the DIY parent and seamstress out there, Good Housekeeping has a great guide for making your children their own reusable masks. This can be a way to make wearing a mask fun because you can let them pick the fabric out themselves.