Give each child in your new class or group a copy of this ice breaker printable and send them off to find other kids who share the same interests and characteristics as them. It could get noisy!
Not Back to School
September - or January in some parts of the world - is of course the big "Back to School" season for most children - but for those in Home Education it is a chance to celebrate quieter playgrounds and parks, museums and libraries. And to get together for a celebratory Not Back to School Picnic!
We thought it might be fun for our home ed visitors to put together some fun "Not Back to School" activities. They might be especially useful if you have to take the picnic indoors!
Our Not Back to School Printables
Summer is the perfect time for a picnic, and with this "doodle" page you can design your own. What will you pack into the picnic basket, and put on the plates? Make sure it is all delicious!
This fun ice breaker printable is perfect for younger children at the beginning of the school year as they begin to mix and make friends with their classmates. Give them the sheet on a clipboard and suggest they mingle and collect names.
The aim of this ice breaker printable is to get a group of kids who don't know each other well talking and finding things in common, as well as giving less confident children something to talk about.
Breaking the ice with older children can be hard, especially when kids come from a variety of backgrounds and cultures and may not be confident in the English language.
Prevent that anti-climatic feeling at the end of your "not back to school picnic" by getting the kids to draw some pictures and capture the day with this picture gallery printable! How much fun it would be to do one of these every year and save them to look back on...
Celebrate the start of the Home Ed year with our "not back to school" colouring page - perfect for a quiet activity on your Not Back to School picnic too!
This lovely "Not Back to School Picnic" bunting is quick to print and cut out so you could print it and put it on display each year .. or, if you have lots of laminating sheets handy, do a set for repeat use!
The kids can colour in the children and letters on this lovely "Not Back to School Picnic" bunting, and then cut out the flags to string up!
How many smaller words can the kids make using the letters in "Not Back to School Picnic"? This is a perfect activity to quieten the kids down if they get too excited, or perhaps to have on hand for a child who needs a quiet activity.
Here's a fun way to announce the details of your Not Back to School Picnic. You could also use it as a writing activity for the kids ...
Invite friends with this fun "not back to school picnic" poster - or use it to decorate your picnic!
Here's a full colour version of our "not back to school picnic" poster - fun for celebrating the start of the school year, for everyone else!
You could use our "not back to school picnic" story paper with the kids to plan your picnic - or to write about it afterwards. Alternatively, get the kids to make up a story about the best Not Back to School Picnic ever!
What would you pack into the perfect picnic? Think about it - and then draw it in! When you are done, colour in the picture. We've provided the outline of an old-fashioned basket on this picnic doodle page.
Take our picnic fun picture gallery printables along to provide a sit down activity at a picnic to help remember a special day with friends and family.
What a lovely site for a picnic. Children need to use their creativity to make a picnic to complete this playdough mat.
Find all the picnic-ky words in this easy picnic word search - perfect for summer holidays or perhaps Fourth of July.
Here's a colouring page specially for home educated children - perfect for a celebratory Not Back to School picnic, perhaps!