If there’s one thing you know as a parent about the kids going back to school it’s that it’s expensive. Even if by some miracle your kids school shoes still fit and look half decent there’s always something you didn’t realise you were going to have to pay for – we’ve had three different school uniforms for my son in three years so believe me I feel your pain. In way by trying to even out the expenditure I thought it would be good to share some free back to school printables. There’s practical things like morning plans, cute stuff like lunchbox notes and fun things like cake wrappers too so there should be something here for everyone!

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When we moved house earlier this year one of my favourite things about it was the apple tree in the garden. Over the last few months we’ve watched the blossom turn into tiny apples and then watched them grow and grow. It’s been a good lesson in patience for all of us and I still have no idea if they’ll be nice or – ugh – crab apples but I really love that tree. When we were sat down ready to make this apple craft I asked the kids what colour apples were. ‘Green!’ ‘Red!’ ‘Look at the ones outside….’ Real apples are often a bit of a mixture and so our cotton wool painted apples are too.

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We are slightly obsessed with suncatchers in this house. I’ve shared our cute pumpkin suncatchers before but we’ve actually made loads more that *gasp* didn’t make it online just because I thought it might be overkill! I couldn’t help but share these sweet autumn leaf suncatchers though, both my kids loved making them and it was a great way to sit down and chat about the changing seasons with them.

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Whether your kids only broke up from school last week or if they broke up months ago they’re sure to love these super cute back to school crafts and DIYs and with fun tutorials like pencil topper and pencil holders as well as school bus crafts and apples there’s enough to keep them busy for ages!

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We’ve been sharing a lot of paper bag crafts for kids recently and today is the turn of this super cute puppy puppet! For some reason there doesn’t seem to be that many puppy or dog crafts out there which is a shame as they always seem so popular with kids. This paper bag puppy is super easy to make and can be used as a puppet too – perfect for extending your activity and keeping the kids occupied for a bit longer!

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