First Day of School Signs & Back to School Printables

It’s back to school time for my kids, and over the years I have cherished the tradition of taking pictures and capturing the memory of their first day of school each year. It is a special time for them and I love to look back and see how much they have changed over the years.

What I love to do that makes the photos even more precious is print out a first day of school sign for them to hold! The kids really like the signs and have a lot of fun with them! It’s also a great way to remember which grade they were going in when looking back at the photos years from now.

One of my very favorite things to do is look through their school memories books and photos each year and see how much my kids have grown and changed! I have them fill out their school memories books at the end of each school year and I use a picture from their back to school photo shoot.

I treasure reading their special memories, what their future goals are, and who they liked to hang out with.

I had fun designing some first day of school printable signs so you can capture the special first day of school moments with your kids, too! I also designed school memory pages for the kids to fill out. Just print them off and you’re ready to go! All of the printables are in PDF format and are 8.5” x 11” in size.

So don’t wait, capture the special first day of school moments with this back to school printable pack!



  • I like to print the first day of school signs using regular printer paper or cardstock then adhering them to a piece of thin cardboard (a cereal box works really well). Alternately, you can print and frame the sign (after removing the glass, of course) or clip it on a clipboard.
Check out this Ultimate Guide to Printing Printables for paper and printing suggestions.
  •  If you use a manual camera like I do, it really helps to take some time to get your settings right and take some practice shots before starting the photo shoot. You can even do this the day before.
  • To get my kids to warm up to the camera, I ask them to be silly with the signs and get them to shout and cheer! It’s fun to capture some silly photos!
  • Take LOTS of photos. Just start snapping away! I try to get some individual photos as well as some with all three of the kids.

  • You don’t have to take the photos on their first day of school! Wait, what?! Mornings can be super hectic here and adding a photo shoot to the mix just adds to the stress! Their first day of school is actually only an hour long, so that is the day I take their photos. We have plenty of time to get ready and gather the first day of school signs.

And it's not too late if your kids have already started school! Print out the first day of school signs and start taking some photos! It will be some of the most cherished memories you will have of them celebrating back to school!

This year, my youngest will be starting kindergarten - I will have all three kids in school! He is so ready for it and can’t wait!

I'd love to see your adorable back to school photos on Instagram. Tag me on Instagram @ellabella.designs and share using #ellabelladesignsbyann if you decide to share your photos!

Wishing you a fantastic school year!

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