Back To School Countdown Banner

Free Library Card Printables for pretend play

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T-minus 1o days until school starts in our area, and we are not ready mentally…or emotionally…at all. I’m not that mom with the glass of champagne at the first day of school bus stop. I’ll miss the easy mornings of summer and the lack of homework and activities in the afternoon. Life is crazy enough with all of that, but what can you do?

For starters, we can prepare ourselves with a good old fashioned back to school countdown banner.

Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

My kids have always loved playing library, so earlier this summer I’d made some fun printable library cards for them to play with. They save up all those little stamps they get  in school goodie bags and use them as “old-timey library stamps.” They take turns being the librarian and being the patron 🙂

I got the idea to use up some old scrapbook paper as the envelopes to create a countdown bunting.

The great news is, this excited them so much that they were more than willing to take a little time out from playing library to take a few pictures.

Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

Which brings us to the next great use for this banner….an adorable photo prop.

Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

They thought they were taking pictures of playing library…but I was covertly getting my back to school photos in. Shhhhh!

Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

if you’ve followed my blog or Instagram account for any time at all, you know how passionate I am about taking photos of my family.

I’m also all about a photo prop that’s totally free.

Back To School Countdown Banner

It’s a breeze to make. Just print the free library cards (linked far below) and clip them to a piece of bakers twine or decorative ribbon.

Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

If desired, add a little color by cutting and folding some cute library card envelopes, too!

Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

Hanging it is a cinch – I love to use Scotch® Wall-Safe Tape that I picked up at Walmart, because it’s so easy to use and won’t damage my walls at all. In fact, I moved this bunting at least three times to get it to look *just right* for the photo, and it still held up perfectly.

It’s my own back to school staple, since I’m always hanging little reminders, lunch calendars and school schedules in our  family command center. (It’s also how I hang that cute Morning Routine Chart I shared a few weeks back!) This way, I can hang everything low enough for the kids to see without damaging my walls, doors, or paint.

I love that these library cards make  a fun rainy day game and a cute countdown banner in one.

Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

So, while you’re headed out to Walmart for school supplies, be sure to grab a package of Scotch® Wall-Safe Tape.

Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

If you love this idea for a back to school countdown banner, you’ll love all of the cute and clever ideas over at the Create with 3M  page.

Then, be sure to download your free back to school countdown banner here – I’ve provided both regular library cards for pretend play, and countdown cards for bunting.Back To School Countdown Banner with old fashioned library cards | Five Marigolds

>>DOWNLOAD YOUR PRINTABLE LIBRARY CARDS HERE<<Back To School Countdown Banner | Five Marigolds

What do you think of this back to school countdown idea? When does school start in your area? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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