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Countdown Bags for Back to School

Surprise the kids with these Countdown Bags for Back to School! Put them together in minutes then add the FREE Printable! The kids (and you) will love this fun family tradition! 

Countdown Bags for Back to School

As the time draws near to when the kids head back to school, the excitement in the house grows and grows. When I was thinking of new ideas to share with you for Back to School, our New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags popped into my head, and I thought it would be super fun to create countdown bags for Back to School.

Giving the kids something special to look forward to each day builds excitement for them, and honestly, gives you a little sanity as well.

Free Back to School Printables

There are hundreds of ideas that you can add to the countdown bags. These bags have small crafts, games and toys to give the kids something new to do during the days leading up to the first day of school.

The bags go together in minutes and don’t cost a lot of money. That’s a win-win in my world! Let’s get started…

Supplies for Countdown Bags

The supplies needed to put together the Countdown Bags for Back to School are really simple. You can use the supplies I did, or you can use paper lunch bags or any bags you have on hand.

The key here is the concept of the countdown bags and building memories with your kids. I know for our family, the New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags have become such a tradition that even my 26 year old still asks for them.

The tags that I used can also be used as Lunch Box Notes, and yes, the printables are free for you!

Countdown Bags for Back to School

Countdown Bags Supplies

Toys for Countdown Bags

The toys, games, and crafts that I chose to add were all things that I thought would bring creativity to the children and get their minds focused back in on learning.

You could also make these Candy Pencils to add to the bags!

Countdown Bag Gift Ideas

  • Coloring Book
  • Crayons and/or Colored Pencils
  • Crafts
  • Chalk
  • Play-Doh
  • Games or Cards
  • Coupons for Ice Cream Treat or other snacks
  • Bouncy Balls

Back to School Countdown Bags

After all the supplies and toys are ready, it’s time to put the bags together. Add a bit of shredded paper to the bag, then punch a hole in the note, thread with twine or ribbon and tie it onto the bag.

Then fill with the toys, games or crafts that you have chosen. It’s that easy!

Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

Grab the FREE Lunch Box Notes to add to your Countdown Bags and use them in lunches! The kids will love opening their lunch and having a note from you!

Treat the Kids to Countdown Bags for Back to School

Are you ready for school? Here are some more ideas to help with the Back to School time!

Candy Pencils made with Rolo

Candy Pencils

Command Center for Home Organization

Back to School Organizing Tips

And be sure to save our New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags! 2019 will be here before we know it!

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New Year’s Eve Countdown Bags


    1. Oh wow, 2 weeks already! That’s crazy early! Thrilled you like the bags!

  1. What a fun way to get your kids ready to go back to school!

  2. How fun are these!? When I was in school shopping for supplies was always my favorite!

    xo Michael

    1. Oh yes, I agree Michael! I’m a little (or maybe a lot) geeky about school supplies – even as an adult!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I love this idea! Such a fun way to get kids excited about school!

    1. Thanks so much Jaide! Thrilled you like the idea!

  4. Fun idea! I know this would make the countdown easier on my kiddos.

    1. Thanks Carolyn! I bet they would love the bags!

    1. Thanks so much! Thrilled you like it!

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