15 Of Our BEST Back to School Ideas (Lunches, Crafts, Free Printables, Organizing & More)

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Getting ready for Back to School? 📚✏✂

Here are 15 of the most helpful Back to School ideas we’ve shared on Hip2Save that will get you organized, on track, and most importantly- EXCITED for the big day!

1.) 12 Winning School Lunch Packing Tips 

If the idea of preparing school lunches is overwhelming, these tips will make it a breeze!

2.) How to Easily Keep Lunches HOT or COLD

Take away the guessing on how to keep lunches HOT or COLD with these easy tips!

3.) Hipsters to the Rescue: How do YOU Prepare Healthy Lunch Box Foods & After School Snacks?!

Our helpful Hip2Save readers share their ideas for healthy lunch ideas in this post!

4.) Easy Lunchbox Pizza Muffins 

These yummy pizza muffins are very popular among readers, and can be made ahead of time for school lunches!

Easy & Healthy Oatmeal Energy Bites No Bake Recipe from Hip2Save.com
5.) No-Bake Oatmeal Energy Bites

These portable oatmeal snacks are both delicious and easy to make. They’re great for the lunchbox or for after school!

6.) Back to School Routine Clock

If your evenings are hectic, this could be a great solution to keep your kids on task!

7.) I’m Looking Forward to a Clean Start (FREE Printable)

This adorable FREE printable pairs well with cleaning supplies or soap for a helpful classroom gift!

8.) FREE Printable First Day of School Signs

Snap the perfect First Day of School photos using our FREE printable First Day of School Signs!

9.) Craft Stick School Bus Craft

Get excited for the new school year with this fun school bus craft using craft sticks. Such a cute photo frame idea.

10.) DIY Duct Tape Pencil Pouches

Use duct tape and plastic snack bags to make these creative pencil pouches!

11.) Make a School Supply Cake (Gift Idea)

Present your favorite teacher or school with a fun School Supply cake utilizing all the Back to School deals featured on Hip2Save! I donated this one to our school and they hosted an exciting giveaway for one lucky teacher. It was a big hit!


12.) Classroom Donation Totes Idea with FREE Printable

Another creative school donation idea is to create a bin of classroom school supplies to donate using our Free printable note!

13.) Get Organized with our FREE Printable Before & After School Routines & Other Helpful Ideas

These checklists will get your kids used to the new routine in no time!

14.) Tips for Making Homework Time Easier 

Take the stress out of homework time with these helpful tips!

15.) Back to School Organizing

See how I set up a drop off zone to keep us on track at my house to organize papers, lunches, backpacks, and more!

Written by Lina for Hip2Save. Lina is a proud mom of 2 kids who loves photography, all holidays, cooking, thrift store makeovers, bargain shopping, and DIY makeovers. Her goal is to create a beautiful life and stylish home on a dime! To see all of Lina’s DIY/Crafts created just for Hip2Save, click here.

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Comments 18

  1. Liz

    Lots of great ideas! Thank you!

  2. Andrea

    I would love more school lunch ideas! My son is going to kindergarten this year and last year the only lunches he would eat were a PB&J sandwich and a cheese stick or a bagel and cream cheese and baby carrots.

  3. Ashley

    I love the “am I ready” checklist! I am going to laminate it and let my kids use dry erase markers in the mornings!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Love that idea! Thanks Ashley 😀

  4. M

    Best post of the year 🤓

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Aw thanks so much’

  5. KetaCar

    Love it! Makes me actually look forward to getting back into the early morning & fixing breakfast routines! Well makes it easier at least….

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Thanks for stopping by!

  6. jane

    Great great ideas! Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure – thanks for stopping by Jane!

  7. Cristine

    I love making cute lunches for my kids but by the time lunch comes it’s all a big mess. Haha!

  8. visitor3

    More nut-free lunch ideas, please, because school banned nuts. More than happy to comply for the allergic child’s safety, just need more menu ideas.

    • Holly K

      visitor3 really appreciate your comment. There are so many people who resent or refuse to comply with nut free situations. I wrote an explanation for one of my granddaughters’ classrooms (she isn’t the one allergic) after one of the parents asked why her son can’t bring a peanut butter sandwich because it makes someone sneeze. A lot of people don’t realize that nut allergies can kill people because it makes them stop breathing.

    • Holly K

      P.S., I googled “nut free school lunch ideas” and got dozens of sites with hundreds of ideas!
      Andrea this might help with your picky eater too. 🙂

  9. Jessica

    OMG! I love this!!! Thanks SO much for this. My kids have already started school since their school is year-round…but its never too late to implement or add some of these helpful ideas to our routine.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Perfect! Thanks for reading and stopping by today ❤️

  10. Holly K

    for those of us without school kids, if you have a few extra dollars, we could watch the sales and buy a few supplies for those who can’t afford them. I budget $20 each year and buy crayons, pens, folders, glue – whatever goes on sale really cheap, and donate them. A few dollars goes a long way and can make the difference for an underprivileged child.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Great idea – love your thoughtfulness.

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