Back to School: How to Make a Photo Frame

Back to school can be an exciting time for children. For most students, they anticipate a new classroom, teacher, classmates, and the environment.

These unique moments in schooling can also build anxiety in young children. For example, for preschoolers transitioning to kindergarten, children may feel stressed and anxious.

While these feelings are part of new beginnings, there are fun ways to encourage children to share their emotions. These feelings of anxiety can also impede bilinguals students from participating in class and shy away.

With a back-to-school photo frame, you can capture the moment at the start of the academic year and boost self-esteem. 

Creating a Back to School Photo Frame

Encouraging your class or your children to share feelings is not smooth talk. Most likely, children want to share some opinions about starting a new year.

So, open up the conversation with a back-to-school photo frame. In this way, you can have fun taking pictures of the first day while discussing ideas for the upcoming year.

One of the best ways of this do-it-yourself project is to use what you have on hand. 


  • Cardboard 
  • Paint (various colors)
  • Paint brush 
  • Box cutter 
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • School supply templates
  • Construction paper (various colors)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
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  • Cut a rectangle of approximately 60 cm by 45 cm using the cardboard material
  • Next, measure 7 cm from the sides of the cardboard rectangle
  • Cut out the middle insert from the cardboard (this is the frame)
  • Paint the cardboard frame with different colors or choose one color
  • Allow the paint to dry and set aside
  • Print the school supply cut-outs from the template (you can get the templates from the Library of Resources)
  • Use stencils to cut out the letters for First Day of School sign or use the template
  • Choose two or three of the classroom supply cut-outs
  • Trace each classroom supply onto construction paper
  • Repeat for the letters for the sign
  • Cut the supplies and letters 
  • Paste with glue around the frame 
  • Then, take a fun picture with your Back-to-School photo frame

Boosting the First Day of School Confidence

After you create the back-to-school photo frame, look for areas around the classroom, building, or home to take pictures. If you’re in a classroom, perhaps the hallway is the best option to take a class picture.

However, if you homeschool, your backyard or room would be the best place. There’s no right or wrong way to make this moment remarkable.

The important part is that you have a chance to talk with your students or children about coming back to class. This time might be an excellent moment to discuss learning objectives or goals for the year.

Besides encouraging school talks, motivate your students to discuss goals, and write them in a journal. In that way, your students can go back to the journal and revisit them.

If you have a printer, you can print the pictures from the first day and paste them onto the journal. What memorable events this would make!

You can also save the pictures and compare them to the last day of school, which can encourage other projects. 

Back to school doesn’t have to be stressful for bilingual students or any student. Those first days of school can be exciting to reflect on starting fresh and learning new things. 

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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