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9 Free Back to School Signs

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Have you been thinking you’ll take a picture of your child on the first day back to school?

You’ll need a first day of school sign.

Here’s a collection of FREE, printable signs and a few DIY ideas for the young scholars to hold while they smile for posterity.

Back to School Signs


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Has school already started—and you forgot the picture? Aww, it’s not too late. Take one anyway!

1. Exclusive First Day of School Signs

From How Does She?

You can make first day of school memories with your kids from pre-kindergarten all the way to twelfth grade with these sweet free printables from How Does She.

Pastel colors and fun patterns make each grade special and keep with a soft, muted color palette. Also be sure to notice the lunch box notes available in the post. Any kid would love finding one of those with their sandwich.


2. K-12 First Day of School Signs

From Nest of Posies 

Kelly from Nest of Posies has you covered for all of your first day of school sign needs, with a variety of colors and patterns including chevron, checks, and dots! There are also two different complete sets in case you have two children going through the same grade or just with different personalities. Pictures with these signs are the perfect pieces to add to your child’s scrapbook or the family album.

3. First Day of School Signs and Photos

From The Suburban Mom 

Classic writing grid paper serves as the official backdrop for these adorable first day of school signs and photos from The Suburban Mom. I just love the fun school house font that is used to write out each grade. These simple black and white signs, paired with the perfect first day of school outfit, will really make those first day pictures pop.

4. Colorful First Day of School Free Printables

From I Should Be Mopping the Floor 

Bright primary colors make the perfect borders for these printable first day of school signs. The set is complete with 8.5×11 inch signs for preschool all the way to twelfth grade.

I particularly love the fun colored hand-written fonts in these signs. They make an adorable accessory for those first day of school photos.


5. Chalkboard First Day of School Signs

From That’s What She Said 

Chalkboard signs are perfectly on theme for first day of school pictures, not to mention they are fun and trendy too! Beat the mess and hassle of actual chalk board with these wonderful printable signs from That’s What Che Said. Download them for free on your home computer and then print them out. For inexpensive prints on cardstock check out your local Office Max.


6. Apple First Day of School Signs

From L. Olson Designs 

Capture that special first day moment with this fantastic first day of school sign collection from Lonni Olson. Simply personalize and print out the signs and then have your children hold them up for their first day pictures before leaving the house. I love that these signs have a place to add their name and the date!

My First day of School Chalkboard
7. First Day of School Chalkboard Fill In Favorites Sign

From The Shady Lane 

I love the way that this first day of school printable chalkboard sign comes out in back to school photos. It also acts as a beautiful reminder of your child’s favorite hobbies, colors, and dreams as they get older. It would be so wonderful to frame the printable each year for gallery wall in their bedroom or playroom.

My 1st Day of School Lunchbag
8. First Day of School Photo Ideas

From Fiskars 

With the new school year starting many parents are thinking of ways they can capture their children and their personalities on the morning of the first day back. This post is complete with five inspiring ideas that will add a little bit of fun and nostalgia to the first day of school.

A newsprint banner, oversized pencil, Styrofoam photo booth frame, apple on a stick, or conversation bubble are great ways to get the year started on the right foot.

9 1st Day of School Signs
9. First Day of School Signs

From Teachers Pay Teachers 

Colorful pencils embellish these freebie signs for Pre-schoolers through 2nd graders.

Planning a back to school celebration with these great ideas put together by the Spaceships and Laser Beams crew:

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Plus, check out Back to School Interview

First Day of School Interview

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.