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The thought of getting ready for going back to school can be terrifying. Gathering school supplies, backpack, clothes and shoes can be an overwhelming task. Now where are all those things going to go once your children get home? Creating designated spaces throughout the home can establish an after school routine for a successful school year.
Drop Zone Sign
Materials for Drop Zone Sign
Scotch® Magic™ Tape .75×500″
Drop Zone Sign Printable (This will not work with inkjet printers)
Bowl of water
Directions for Drop Zone Sign
1. Paint the board you would like to use. I wanted a white wash effect for this project.
2. Print out the Drop Stuff Here sign on a printer with toner for the best results.
Lay Scotch® Magic™ Tape straight over the letters in the words. Use a piece of tape to cover the entire word. Next lay another piece of tape over the letters, be sure to overlap the first piece of tape just a little. You want to create a seal.
Continue in this manner until the entire word is covered with tape.
4. Burnish the tape to the paper. Basically this is just rubbing the tape either with a craft stick or a flat object. You should be able to see the words get a little darker. Then you know you are doing it correctly.
5. Once the letters are burnished, cut out the entire word with a pair of scissors. No need to be exact leave some space around the letters, just make sure the word is in one piece.
6. Submerse the entire piece in a bowl of water.
7. This is where the magic happens. On the paper side start rubbing the paper off until just the clear tape is left. The dark letters will remain and the paper will come off.
8. With glue, paint the place on the board where you would like to place the word. Place the word on top and burnish to make sure it is sticking well to the glue. Once dry add another layer of glue on top to seal.
I in love with this technique. Just think of all the possibilities. Since you can copy or print just about anything with this technique. No need for any fancy equipment and you can make fabulous signs for just about anywhere. Signs help everyone stay organized. Not only you know where things go, but so does everyone else. Keep things simple and the school year will be easy too.
5 Tips for a Successful School Year
1. Create a Drop Zone – This is a place where kids can easily drop all their stuff from school and put it away easily and quickly. Another good routine is before bed have your child check to make sure their backpack, shoes and jacket are hung up. This makes mornings easy. A little organization at night can lead to less stressful mornings.
2. Lunch Box to the Kitchen – Get your child in the habit of after the drop zone, next head to the kitchen to drop off their lunchbox. I am sure I am not the only mom who had been looking for the lunch box in the morning, only to discover it is still in the backpack and has not been cleaned out. YUCK!
3. Snack Time – Before homework is started, get a healthy snack to fuel those little brains. This is a good time to talk with your child about their school day to see if there are any issues you need to address. Plus allows them confidence in telling about the fun and exciting parts of their day.
4. Establish a Homework Station – An established location to work on homework is a great idea. Everything the child needs is right there in front of them, so there is no stress looking for supplies to complete homework. I like to buy twice the school supplies for school, so there is a complete set for home and school with the correct supplies they need.
5. Make Time to Review and Help with Homework – This is sometimes difficult for busy parents. Establish a set time to review your child’s homework with them. I have chosen 5:00pm for my elementary school child and 7:30pm for the two in middle school. Usually the elementary homework is fairly easy and I can go over it quickly before dinner. I review the middle school homework after dinner, since it takes a little longer to complete.
Implementing these five tips for a successful school year will leave you with less stress and more time to enjoy the rest of the day. Getting children into routines helps not only the parent out, but also makes children more responsible.
I’ve share how we’re using Scotch® Tape products to get ready for Back To School! How you planning to use them to stay organized this year?