15 of the coolest back to school printables: Back to School Guide 2014

15 coolest back to school printables | coolmompicks.com

As parents, one of our favorite things about the web is the ability to find so many cool–often free–printables for kids of all kinds that make us all look like crafty geniuses. They’re especially abundant this time of year, as back to school printables help make back to school time easier, more organized, and sometimes just more fun. So in this installment of our Back to School Guide, we share some of our very fave back to school printables, with gratitude to the awesome designers who put their talents to work for all of our benefits.

Of course one thing you do need for any printable, free or not, is a printer. Also? Ink.  Which is where our fantastic sponsor, HP comes in.

 

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Speaking of saving money, what would our guide be without a killer giveaway? This year it’s a $1000 back to school giveaway that we like to think of as a little something for you, a little something for the kids. Including that HP Envy Printer. Scroll down for all the details; entering is as easy as leaving a comment and you have up to 18 chances to enter in total.

Happy printing!

 

Cool free back to school printables: West and Main lunch box notes

Free printable lunch box notes by West and Main Design

We’ve found tons of cute printable lunch box notes over the years, but the fun gift tag shape and modern, simple design makes these a perennial favorite.

 

Back to school printables: Editable 2014-15 school year calendar on Etsy

Printable 2014-15 School Year Calendar at ThumbAlinaLane

For $14, this Etsy shop offers this editable PDF calendar. Not only is the design cuter than the basic stuff you find online, but you can add in any important dates and hang it up, edit it as you see fit, even print out one for each kid so they can keep track of their own special dates. For a little less you can get a printable school year calendar that’s not specifically editable, but if you use a service like HelloSign, you could work a little magic yourself.

 

Back to school printables:  free calendar date stickers at Alpha Mom

Free printable date stickers for back to school at Alpha Mom

Whether you’re using a printable calendar or any wall calendar or date book at all, these free printable stickers are so fun for getting it organized. Kids can add important dates, events, and vacation days from the first day of school to the last.

Back to school printables: Free printable lunch bag design

Free printable lunch bag template by A Subtle Revelry 

While we’re fans of reusable lunch boxes and bags whenever possible, when our kids go on a field trip they have to bring paper bags they can toss. This free printable is pretty adorable.

 

 

Free printable bookplates by Orange You Lucky for back to school

Free printable bookplates for kids by Orange You Lucky 

To customize your kid’s books or notebooks, not sure we’ve come across free printable bookplates as awesome as the set of four from talented illustrator Helen Dardik. How lucky we are that she’s made them available free of charge at her blog.

 

Free printables for back to school: Lunch box joke notes at Handmade Charlotte

Free printable lunch box jokes by Handmade Charlotte

We admit we’re giggling at these cute jokes (chestnuts though they may be to some of us) that you can pop in your kid’s lunch box to make the first few days a little more fun. Just scale them to size, print them (on your  HP printer, of course) then cut and pop them in with the sandwiches.

 

Free optical illusion printable lunch box notes for back to school at Mr. Printables 

Free printable optical illusions lunch box notes by Mr. Printables

Free printable optical illusion lunch box notes at Mr. Printable

We know our older kids would go nuts for these fun, trick-your-friends optical illusions cards.  And hey, they get a little science lesson in there to boot when you start talking about impossible shapes and peripheral drift patterns.  (PS Dare you to try and stop staring at the spinning circles card.)

 

Free back to school printables: Kawaii bookmarks DIY

Free printable kawaii bookmarks at Wild Olive

We are totally smitten with these adorable kawaii style bookmarks by Mollie Johanson. The ruler and pencil (and yeah, the bandage) are totally perfect for back to school season. But seriously, who can resist a slice of bacon holding your place in Harry Potter VII?

 

Free first day of school printables for first day photos

Free first day of school printable signs by How Does She

In our post on 5 creative ways to capture a first day of school photo, we found these cute free printables that help you mark this year–or any year. Print them all and start an annual tradition.

 

Free first day of school chalkboard printables via Classy Clutter

Another choice: These fun printable first day of school chalkboard signs by Classy Clutter, ready to print for every school year and labeled with 2014-15.  And the typography is quite nice.

 

Free back to school printables: Alphabet flash cards in 5 languages

Free printable foreign language alphabet flash cards by Mr. Printables

If your kids are starting to learn French, German, Danish, Portuguese, or even tighten up their English, there are super cute sets for all of them at Mr. Printables that are perfect for learning some basic A-B-C’s.

Free printable alphabet coloring pages made by children's book illustrators

Free printable alphabet coloring pages by Lost My Name Book 

Also for younger kids brushing up on alphabet basics, these alphabet coloring pages designed by real children’s book illustrators are some of our very favorites. Print out the whole alphabet, or just the letters to make up your child’s name. The PDF comes with all 26 letters covered.

Back to school printables: Chore chart sets from Pixels and Co

Printable chore chart sets from Pixels and Company

For just $3, this PDF set by Gennifer Bursett comes with six chore charts in different colors and styles – one for each member of the household perhaps? One is even editable so you can print it out with a kid’s name or set up a weekly list of chores and print out 52 of them all at once. (In our dreams.)

 

Free back to school printables: Morning routine flash cards

Free printable morning routine cards from Living Locurto

In our post about tips to get kids off to school on time, we talked about setting up some kind of morning routine list or chart that even young kids could get used to following. A great example of this are these cool printable cards which can be stacked up and handed to you or put into a basket by the front door when each one is completed. Though psst…she makes a “girl” and “boy” set but we think the green/blue is adorable for any kid.

Free back to school printable party invitations at Catch My Party

Free back to school printables: Bookplates at Catch My Party

Free back to school party printables by Printabelle for Catch My Party

The beginning of the school year is cause for celebration for a lot of reasons, and if you’re planning a get together for classmates or new school friends, this free set has everything you need from invitations to treat toppers to a welcome sign for your front door. There are also non-party goodies, like the lunchbox notes shown here, and bookplates. For an extra $3 you can even have the designer customize it with your child’s name – but it might be cute to add a classroom name. Mrs. Murphy’s 3rd Grade class party, anyone?

 

EXTRA COOL: WIN IT!

We’re so excited to give away one massive Back to School prize pack valued at more than $1000, filled with back-to-school essentials for both kids…and moms! Because let’s be honest, we’re going to be working hard too, this school year.  We deserve a designer handbag, right?

 

CoolMomPicks.com $1000 Back to School Shopping Guide Giveaway

PRIZE INCLUDES:
Mad Pax Warp Speed Bubble backpack | 2. Superga sneakers for kids | 3. Big white box of Back to School essentials from Yoobi | 4. Late July snack pack | 5. Griffin Kazoo MyPhones kids’ headphones | 6. HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One Printer + 6 months ink subscription from our sponsor HP | 7. Fanny Wang 1000 series on ear headphones for women | 8. Target gift card for the kids and a Sephora gift card for you |  9. momAgenda personal organizer | 10. Superga sneakers for moms | 11. Rebecca Minkoff ‘MAB’ Leather Tote. Because we love you.

TO ENTER:
To enter,  just leave a comment on this post telling us which of these lunch boxes or lunch bags you think is the coolest. You may enter one time per post on our Back to School Gift Guide series, up to 6 posts. Be sure to include your email so we can contact you. One winner will be drawn at random on or around September 6, 2014. You must be a legal resident of the US, 18+. Contest ends midnight PST on September 5, 2014. Void where prohibited. Any taxes are the sole responsibility of the winner. If you don’t follow the contest rules you be disqualified and we will feel bad for you. Don’t cheat. Eat leafy green vegetables. Be nice to puppies.

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Thank you so so much to our wonderful sponsor HP, the makers of the HP ENVY 5530 e-All-in-One which is perfect for students and families. It features the innovative HP Instant Ink replacement service that makes printing easier and more affordable than ever, starting as low as $2.99/month.

Other 2014 Back to School Guide posts to check out:
The coolest preschool backpacks
The coolest backpacks and bags for big kids
The coolest lunch boxes and lunch bags
The coolest lunch box accessories
The coolest school supplies

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102 Comments

  • August 18, 2014

    Kalani

    Love the chore chart printables. Clever!

  • August 18, 2014

    TJ

    Love the kawaii bookmarks! (P.S. The post says ‘tell us which lunch boxes or lunch bags…’)

  • August 18, 2014

    Michelle Touchton

    My daughter will love the lunchbox notes!

  • August 18, 2014

    TJ

    Love the Kawaii bookmarks! (P.s. The post says ‘tell us which lunch boxes or lunch bags…’

  • August 18, 2014

    Amy Rivers

    I’ll be using the first day of school signs in 2 weeks!! Now I don’t have to Google :-)

  • August 18, 2014

    Erica

    I think the Mad Pax Warp Speed Bubble backpack is pretty awesome. My daughter loves rainbow colored anything and the fact that this is uber functional and has all the colors….SCORE!

  • August 18, 2014

    Jen Blazer

    I love the Rebecca Minkoff leather tote. (And as a graphic designer, I love all of these printables!)

  • August 18, 2014

    Amy Rivers

  • August 18, 2014

    Nancy Reid

    I love the Free printable lunch bag template by A Subtle Revelry. What a cute way to pack a sandwich or other lunchbox items!

  • August 18, 2014

    Emily H.

    Love the alphabet coloring pages for my 2.5 year old! She is just interested in letters and these will be a fun way to discuss letter sounds!!!!

  • August 18, 2014

    Kelly Dyar

    Oh, I love the optical notes to put in their lunch boxes… so cool!

  • August 18, 2014

    Preston

    Love the lunchbox printables. How cool would it be for the little guys to open their lunchbox and see that inside!

  • August 18, 2014

    Dee

    We are a corny bunch, so lunch box jokes would be all the

  • August 18, 2014

    Brooke Thomas

  • August 18, 2014

    Brooke Thomas

  • August 18, 2014

    Autumn

    Love the lunch box jokes!

  • August 18, 2014

    laura revilla

    love the optical illusion notes

  • August 18, 2014

    Amy

    Land Of Nod elephant preschool pack!!! For sure!

  • August 18, 2014

    holly

    I love the alphabet coloring pages for my toddler!

  • August 18, 2014

    Bernadette N

    I love the optical illusion lunchbox notes!

  • August 18, 2014

    Sarah

    My son would think those optical illusion lunch box notes were the coolest! And…I am need of a printer to take advantage of all of these lovely freebies! :)

  • August 18, 2014

    Hank McKinsey

    I love the morning routine cards, however I think my kids will “conveniently” lose #4 lol thanks for sharing, these are super cute!

  • August 18, 2014

    Stephanie

    I live the chore charts and morning routine cards for my own purposes, but I think my kids would dig the optical illusion lunchbox cards!

  • August 18, 2014

    Huong N

    Love the lunchbox jokes!

  • August 18, 2014

    Natalie Brennan

    I LOVE the foreign language flash cards !

  • August 18, 2014

    Jennifer Ladd

    I love the “Happy New School Year” printable …. I’ll definitely be using that one next week!

  • August 18, 2014

    Amy Jo

    Love the first day printables!

  • August 18, 2014

    Corina

    With a preschooler that needs a lot of prompting and can take forever to get out the door, the morning routine cards are just what we need. Love the idea!

  • August 18, 2014

    Betty B.

    I love the Free printable kawaii bookmarks my son would like them!

  • August 18, 2014

    Tiffany

    Chore charts…love those!

  • August 18, 2014

    Betty B.

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  • August 18, 2014

    Betty B.

  • August 19, 2014

    Lien

    My daughter will get a kick out of the Free printable lunch box jokes . Love it!

  • August 19, 2014

    Melissa

    The optical illusion cards are awesome!

  • August 19, 2014

    Melissa

  • August 19, 2014

    Melissa

  • August 19, 2014

    Kristy D

    The Chewbacca lunchbox is awesome! Would have loved to have had that when I was in school.

  • August 19, 2014

    Stacy

    The optical illusion cards are so cool!

  • August 19, 2014

    Jennifer McFadden

    I adore the printable bacon kawaii bookmark. I loved the monogram canvas backpack from your last post so much I am going to purchase it for my son right now.

  • August 19, 2014

    Denise L

    I think the optical illusion printables are THE coolest!

  • August 19, 2014

    Denise L

  • August 19, 2014

    Tara Biss

    i’m so getting the WARP SPEED BUBBLE
    FULL PACK…i need to shop school supplies @ warp speed!

  • August 19, 2014

    Lisa Friedman

    The foreign language flash cards are adorable!

  • August 19, 2014

    Renee Gabrielsen

    I love the bookmarks. My daughter will get a kick out of them and enjoy sharing them with her friends.

  • August 19, 2014

    Heather

    I love the bookmarks. So cute!

  • August 19, 2014

    Karine

    The Orange You Lucky bookplate is adorable!

  • August 19, 2014

    Meghan K

    I love the free printable lunch bag template by A Subtle Revelry, such a clever idea! The jokes are fantastic too and a great way to know your kiddo will have a smile during the day.

  • August 19, 2014

    Melissa

    Loving the lunchbox jokes!

  • August 19, 2014

    Kathleen S.

    Love the printable school year calendar!

  • August 19, 2014

    Amy G

    It’s all about the jokes and the optical illusions for us!!

  • August 19, 2014

    rebekah desloge

    going to attempt to get my printer to print the lunch box jokes and bookmarks, i know my kiddos will love them and they are super clever. thanks for sharing!

  • August 19, 2014

    mere

    Those optical illusion cards are pretty cool – I can see them being shared around the lunch table!

  • August 19, 2014

    Kipp Batley

    Those kawaii bookmarks are the cutest ever!

  • August 19, 2014

    tami appleby

    I teach art to middle -schoolers!! they would love the notes and optical illusion cards!! Me….I would love my own printer!!!!!! YES PLEASE?!?!? and thank you!

  • August 19, 2014

    Jen M

    The optical illusions cards are awesome! My kids love when I put notes in their lunches but I run out of things to write day after day!

  • August 19, 2014

    Jen

    How amazing are those printable lunch bags – too cute!

  • August 20, 2014

    Carlee Brandom

    Love the alphabet printables!

  • August 20, 2014

    Gail P

    I love the morning routine printable and the calendar!!

  • August 20, 2014

    Betsy

    The optical illusion notes are so cool!

  • August 20, 2014

    Melissa B

    In my house we’d geek out over the Minecraft backpack and challenge each other to tell the corny jokes with a straight face :-)

  • August 21, 2014

    Marla

    My daughter would love to find jokes in her lunchbox.

  • August 21, 2014

    Lindsay

    Morning routine cards are something I’m going to try out for sure.

  • August 21, 2014

    Christie

    The lunchbox jokes are great!

  • August 22, 2014

    Carla

    First day of school printables.

  • August 22, 2014

    Michelle

    They are all great!

  • August 22, 2014

    susan

    I love the printable lunch bag template!

  • August 23, 2014

    Amanda Alvarado

    I love the Free printable foreign language alphabet flash cards by Mr. Printables!

  • August 23, 2014

    Amanda Alvarado

  • August 23, 2014

    Amanda Alvarado

  • August 23, 2014

    Amy

    Chore charts. We need all the organizing help we can get!

  • August 24, 2014

    Angela

    Love the printable lunch bag templates!!

  • August 24, 2014

    Angela

  • August 24, 2014

    Cat

    I love those printable lunch bags.

  • August 24, 2014

    Cat

  • August 29, 2014

    miranda

    I like First day of school printables

  • August 29, 2014

    miranda

  • August 29, 2014

    miranda

  • August 29, 2014

    Bill

    love the chore chart printables

  • August 30, 2014

    Marva

    I love the lunchbox jokes and the optical illusions cards. Definitely including them in my children’s lunch boxes this year!

  • August 30, 2014

    Christine W

    I love the optical illusion notes…so fun!

  • August 30, 2014

    Sabrina

    The Optical Illusion Lunch Notes are superb!
    My son will flip over them.
    Thanks!

  • August 30, 2014

    Robyn Steele

    I am printing the alphabet books right now. As an illustrator, it is hard to have my kids use blah graphics in our homeschool. So these are going to be great!!! Thanks so much!!!

  • September 1, 2014

    Molomatic

    Love the kawaii bookmarks! anything to make reading more fun. :-)

  • September 1, 2014

    Molomatic

  • September 1, 2014

    gary

    Love the lunch box joke

  • September 1, 2014

    gary

  • September 2, 2014

    MindyB

    Love the lunch bag printable!

  • September 4, 2014

    Cynthia Richardson

    My favorite printables are the morning routine cards from Living Locurto. These would be great for my toddler grandson.

  • September 4, 2014

    Cynthia Richardson

  • September 4, 2014

    Cynthia Richardson

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  • September 4, 2014

    Mary Carstens

    Love the lunchbox science games!

  • September 4, 2014

    RICHARD HICKS

    I think Free printable bookplates for kids by Orange You Lucky are really cute.

  • September 4, 2014

    RICHARD HICKS

  • September 4, 2014

    RICHARD HICKS

  • September 5, 2014

    Kathy Smith

    I think my kids will love the jokes and the optical illusions!

  • September 5, 2014

    MARIA simon

    love love the chore chart..this would be so helpful thank you

  • September 6, 2014

    Bryan E.

    We like the “Free printable date stickers for back to school at Alpha Mom”; our kids love checking the big calendar @ kitchen to see what the new day / week / month will bring.

  • September 6, 2014

    Bryan E.

  • September 6, 2014

    Sarah L

    I think the coolest is the Free printable kawaii bookmarks.
    Thanks for the contest.

  • September 6, 2014

    Sarah L

  • September 6, 2014

    Sarah L

  • September 6, 2014

    Sand

    I really like the Free printable foreign language alphabet flash cards.