Wow! It has been a long summer. I hurt my back very badly in May. That totally changed our summer plans. I think not only am I ready, but the kids are ready to go back to school. Then they can see more of their friends and, even thought it is indeed school, they will have plenty to keep them busy.
My kids start on September 3 this year. So I have a little time to consider how to announce the first day. Last year I used a home made chalk board (see picture). I may just use that again. It can show how the kids are growing over the years. You can make one of these too. Easy-peasey. I used chalk board paint on cardboard.
Today we do start our countdown. 10 . . . 9 . . . 8 . . . I made this balloon caterpillar to countdown the days. At the end of each day we will pop one balloon, starting at the tail end. We will not pop the head. I thought it would be nice to end with a smiling face! (which is hard to see in the photo)
The day that my kids do return to school I will gift them with this fun bubble gum pencil! Another darling idea this year! The pencils with the darker, square gum are for my kids. We try to "stick" with Glee Gum. No chemicals and such. I made my own pattern for these pencils using my Pazzles' Inspiration Personal Cutter. I was surprised at how quickly they went together! The tubes are actually called "bubble gum tubes" and are plastic. I used 8" long with a 1" diamter. My first time using gum ball tubes! You can fill your pencils with anything you like.
I will show you the completed pencils first and then the steps I used to create them. I hope your family has a good start to the school year. I look forward to my house being quiet and empty. Thank you for checking my post.
Photos of the process . . . .