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Today I am sharing a fun craft to do with your kiddos to get ready for back to school!  I have 2 kiddos starting kindergarten this fall…we are getting excited, but a bit nervous too.  I thought it would be fun to make a countdown to get ready for the big day!!

Using AstroBrights fun colored papers, I cut out pennants (26 to be exact), to make a countdown banner with the alphabet.  You could change it up to say anything…like “back to school,” or your child’s name or school.

I love the 23 bright happy colors AstroBrights papers has to offer.  They are perfect for crafts, kid’s crafts, home projects, office projects and more!

To make the Back to School Countdown you need:

AstroBrights papers (13 sheets of your colors of choice)



-Letter Circles (you can download mine below)

-String or baker’s twine

-Hole puncher

-Crayons or markers for the kids to get creative;)


After the pennants were all cut out, I let my little artist decorate each one with pencils and crayons.  I loved the designs they came up with, polka-dots, stripes, hearts, etc.

I designed some letter circles in photoshop.  I cut out each circle and let the kids glue the letters on the pennants.  They loved putting the ABC’s in order and making a pattern with the colors as we were putting our banner together.

You can download my letters below if you would like to use them:)

 Download Circle Letters

You can click on the link above to download a copy of my circles.  It is a zipped file so you will have to download it, right click on it and select extract.


After punching holes in the top corners of the pennants, we strung each pennant in order with the baker’s twine.

For a fun twist, we added activity ideas to get ready for school.  We wrote these ideas on the back of each pennant.  Some ideas were learning activities and back to school shopping & organinzing that we need to squeeze in before school begins.

A & B love having the countdown in their room.  Just a few more days until the countdown begins!!


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What are some fun ways you are getting your kids excited to go back to school?  We would love to know:)

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  1. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 4 post on Aug. 01, 2012. Thanks again.

  2. such a fun idea…it’s so cute, too!

  3. Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a cute idea! Too bad we only have 7 more days until school starts. Maybe I’ll just make a back to school banner, to celebrate them going back to school.

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  6. I can’t get the download to come up on my computer. It is giving me an error message. Would you be willing to e-mail me the PDF?

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  10. Very nice!!!! How did you create the letter circles in photoshop? May I know the steps? I need to make the lowercase letter circles. Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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