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Back to School and First Day Activities for Kindergarten and Jitter Juice



This set of Back to School Activities for Kindergarten will not only save you time as you prep for the beginning of the school year, but it will also engage your kindergarteners in meaningful and fun activities. The beginning of the year is a special time for kindergartners, as they transition into the school environment and adjust to new friends and rules. There are lots of changes and lots of things to be excited about!

This printable is comprised of activities to complete the first few weeks of school as you welcome in your new kinders, help them accommodate to their new role and schedule, and create new friendships with their classmates. Hopefully, these activities will help make the transition to kindergarten fun and engaging!

Teachers love how engaging and simple these activities are to prep, all while getting to know their students and building classroom community. There’s so much going on at the start of a new school year, and this resource will help relieve that burden with TEN fun, back to school activities.

Students love these activities because they help them share about themselves, get to know their classmates, and have fun the first week of school. They also help ease them into the routine and structure of a new classroom.

Jitter Juice is a tried-and-true class favorite that my students continued to talk about and reference as one of their best memories from the school year. This is an original poem that I wrote to help ease the first day jitters, all while reading along and enjoying a yummy cup of Jitter Juice (recipe included)! Your students are guaranteed to LOVE this activity.

The Kindergarten Grade Survey will help you students share about themselves with you and their classmates. Find out how they’re feeling about starting kindergarten, what they’re good at, and what they’re excited to learn in your classroom. The self-portrait is always fun to draw and look back on at the end of the year, too!

Looking for an easy Ice Breaker? Find-a-friend is the perfect way to encourage your students to get to know one another by moving around the classroom and getting signatures from their friends. The prompts are easy (i.e. “Find a friend who lost a tooth!”) and they get to collect signatures as they move around the room finding new friends!

Create a Class Book that shares all the new faces in your classroom! Students will draw a self-portrait (or you can use the My New Friend Activity) and you’ll combine each one into a class book that you can read and share with your new class so they can get to know one another better. This will make an excellent addition to your reading center or bookshelf, too – the kids love to look at the drawings they made!

Pair students together for a My New Friend activity. Students will interview one another to find out about them, and draw a picture of them. This is a fun way for new friendships to be made.

After a kindergarten-themed back to school read-aloud of your choice, find out how your students spent The Night Before Kindergarten. This is a writing activity where students will briefly draw and describe what they did before the big first day of school!

Send this Kindergarten Banner home where students and families can design a piece to a kindergarten banner that you can display in your classroom for all to see and celebrate. (You don’t have to send it home – it can just as easily be completed at school!)

This Smart and Silly picture sort will help you talk through things that will help your kindergarteners be their best selves throughout the school year. You can talk about supplies and how they should be treated responsibly.

Love this activity, but teach a different grade? Find alternatives linked below:

Back to School Activities for First Grade

Back to School Activities for Second Grade

Back to School Activities for Big Kids (3rd, 4th, or 5th grade)


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