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Creating Lasting Memories: 10 Fantastic Back to School Traditions to Start with Your Family

Aug 26, 2023

When it’s time for starting kindergarten, there’s so much to plan! What does the school need? Are my toddlers ready to go to school? Have they learned enough skills? What will happen if they lack some skills? 

It’s a big moment in our lives, but we don’t have to complicate it and it doesn’t have to be stressful. Treat it as a time of excitement, new beginnings and yes, a bit of the classic first-day jitters. While school supplies and new clothes are essential, why not add a sprinkle of fun with educational games for toddlers and create some unforgettable memories with your family? We’ve rounded up 10 fantastic back to school traditions that are simple, exciting and sure to make the transition from summer vacation to school days a breeze. But first, let’s look at why kindergarten skills are important for your tiny tots. 

Why are kindergarten skills important for toddlers?

1. Kindergarten readiness isn’t all about ABCs and 123s –  but also about building social, motor skills, and classroom behavior.

2. Kids naturally excel in certain skills while having room to grow in others – it’s all part of the awesome journey of growing up.

3. Get your kids ready for school time fun by practicing kindergarten skills at home.

4. Embrace the learning curve: progress is the aim, perfection’s not the game!

10 fantastic back to school traditions to start with your family


1. The annual back to school breakfast bash: 

Start the school year with a scrumptious breakfast spread that the whole family can enjoy. Create a mini buffet with everyone’s favorite breakfast treats. Think pancakes, waffles, fresh fruit and maybe even some whipped cream and sprinkles for a special touch. It’s a great way to bond before the busy day begins. 

2. The DIY Backpack Tag Tradition 

Get creative and make personalized backpack tags with your kindergarten kids before school starts. Use colorful beads, keychains or even paint to jazz up their bags. This not only adds a personal touch but also helps them spot their backpacks easily. 

3. Back to school interviews

Hold a mini interview session with your kids before they head back to school. Ask questions like “What are you most excited about?” and “What do you want to learn this year?” Capture their responses on video or in a journal and revisit them at the end of the school year to see how much they’ve grown. 

4. The picture perfect photo op

Before your kids hop on the bus or head out the door, make it a tradition to take a first day of school photo. You can create a dedicated “photo post” in your home or yard to capture this milestone each year. 

5. Lunchbox love notes 

Sprinkle a little love into your kids’ lunch routine by including a handwritten note or drawing. It’s a heartwarming way to remind them that you’re thinking of them even when they’re at kindergarten. 

6. After school snack time

Welcome your kids home with a special after school snack. It could be their favorite treat or a healthy option to refuel after a day of learning. Use this time to chat about their day and hear all about their new adventures. 

7. Educational games for toddlers

For the little ones who will start kindergarten this year, make learning a part of their back to school traditions. Set aside time for educational games for toddlers that are both fun and engaging. Whether it’s alphabet puzzles, counting games or more, these activities can help toddlers develop important kindergarten skills while having a blast. 

Get ready for back to school fun with our must-have learning games for toddlers:

1) SKIDOS Animal Daycare

math games for kids

Available: Apple App Store

Age: 3-6 years old

Cost: Freemium membership available 

Skills learned: Empathy, Responsibility, Kindness and Basic math skills

This is one of our educational games created with love for toddlers. If your tiny tots are pet lovers, they will hang out with the most adorable pets they’ve ever seen. Get them ready for a world of ABCs and 123s with SKIDOS Animal Daycare, where learning meets cuteness overload!

Your tiny tots will become the ultimate pet caretaker, taking care of charming cats, dogs, monkeys, bunnies and more. It’s like having a petting zoo right at their fingertips! From bubbly bath times and mini games that make learning a blast to checkups and even helping virtual pets heal, this game offers a world of fun and education. Get ready for a journey filled with laughter, learning and love- because pets deserve it all! Your kids will build kindergarten skills like empathy, kindness and responsibility with this game. 

2) SKIDOS Car Wash

math games for toddlers

Available: Apple App Store

Age: 3-6 years old

Cost: Freemium membership available 

Skills learned: Motor skills, Responsibility, Basic math skills

Step into the world of math car racing games with SKIDOS Car Wash. Kids will learn and sharpen their math skills while washing, servicing and cruising in a variety of awesome cars. With a selection of over 10 vehicles, your toddlers can kick off the adventure by giving their chosen car a thorough scrub down in the car wash area. After cleaning it, they can head to the garage for a complete service and tune up. Once the car is in its top shape, kids can hit the open road. They will get to experience the vibrant and colorful landscapes of this virtual learning game. 

This engaging and interactive game offers a dynamic experience for car loving kids, allowing them to engage in hands on activities from cleaning to tuning, all while cruising in their favorite cars. With its captivating gameplay and wide range of vehicles, the game is sure to captivate young imaginations and become a favorite entertainment choice, promising hours of joy and adventure for kids everywhere. 

3) SKIDOS Coloring Book 

coloring games for kids

Available: Apple App Store & Google Play Store

Age: 3-6 years old

Cost: Freemium membership available 

Skills learned: Creativity, Motor skills, Basic math skills

Looking for coloring games for kids to spark their creativity? Look no further than the SKIDOS Coloring Book! Bursting with over 100 enchanting drawings, it’s a creative wonderland that’s as educational as it is delightful. With a rainbow of brushes, intricate patterns, and age appropriate designs, your little artists can dive into a world of colors while effortlessly honing their skills. Let their imagination run wild and watch their creativity shine brighter than ever!

8. Homework hangouts

Create a cozy homework corner whenever your kids can concentrate on their assignments. Stock it with all the necessary supplies and maybe even a motivational quote or two. This space can become their dedicated study area throughout the school year. 

9. Weekly family game nights

Make the most of school nights by designating one evening a week as a family game night. Play board games, card games or even have a friendly learning game competition. You can choose any of our wide range of 40+ learning games. It’s a great way to unwind, bond and have some quality family time. 

10. Celebratory back to school dinner

End the first week of school on a high note with a celebratory dinner. Let your kids choose their favorite meal or try a new recipe together. It’s a wonderful way to mark the successful completion of the first week of school. 

Say cheers to new beginnings at kindergarten!


Back to school doesn’t have to be all about textbooks and schedules. By infusing a bit of creativity and fun into your family’s routine, you can create traditions that will be cherished for years to come. Whether it’s a special breakfast, personalized backpack tags, educational games for toddlers or after school chats, let’s do them all bit by bit! These traditions will not only help ease the transition but also create lasting memories that your family to treasure forever. 

We want to be a part of your fun family school traditions and our 40+ learning games can help your kids make learning a part of their study routine. Get a SKIDOS Pass for your kids to give them access to unlimited ad-free and safe gameplay, 1000+ teacher designed learning activities, 25 online games (added bonus) and more! Create 6 profiles with just one pass for each of your kids. Join us and watch fun educational videos on our YouTube channel to get your kids school ready. As you gear up and get your kids ready for school, don’t forget that we’re here to help at every step! Chat with us on our social channels to know some more exciting traditions to begin this school year. 


SKIDOS’s interactive learning games for kids are designed for 2 – 11-year-olds & are aligned with their academic objectives. With our educational games, guide your children to become confident learners in math, coding, & reading. Introduce them to 21st-century skills that will help them prepare for a brighter future. With easy-to-access weekly reports, you can keep an eye on their progress, too. 

With a SKIDOS Pass, you get the best value of:

  • 48+ Learning games 
  • 1000+ fun activities for your kids
  • 6 players in 1 account
  • Cancel anytime
  • Learning Progress Tracking
  • And no third-party advertising