The arrival of August can mean only one thing: it’s time to start thinking about the back-to-school season. Even the most studious kid is sure to be a little bummed at the thought of trading days of bike riding and trips to the water park for homework and an early bedtime.

The key to getting your kids into the school spirit is to keep a positive attitude: don’t focus on the end of summer fun, but rather on a new year of learning, making friends, and having a blast.

>>Also read: 10 Back-To-School Preparation Tips for Parents

Here are some creative ideas to help turn your back-to-school countdown into a celebratory event.

1. Candy Countdown

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How cute is this candy countdown from East Coast Mommy? Let your child decorate a special container, and then practice counting skills while portioning out a treat to make their back-to-school countdown a little sweeter. You may even be tempted to make one for yourself—pass the Smarties!

2. Back-To-School Advent Calendar

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Capture a bit of holiday magic in August with this DIY advent-type calendar from Repeat Crafter Me. While Repeat Crafter Me writes about a toy-filled countdown to summer break, you could easily fill each cubby with school supplies and other small surprises instead.

3. Printable Poster Countdown

9 Back-To-School Countdown Ideas Kids Will Love | Help! We've Got Kids Have your kids been staying up late and sleeping in all summer?

This back-to-school poster from Alpha Mom is a brilliant way to transition older kids from their laid-back summer schedule into a more structured one.

The seven-day countdown features rip-off tabs that balance earlier bedtimes with various rewards.

4. Washi Tape Calendar

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This back-to-school countdown from Simply Kierste features two of our favourite things: beautiful printables and washi tape! This is a quick and easy way for little ones to count down the days left until school starts.

5. “Back to the Books” Countdown

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This clever countdown idea from Hands On As We Grow is perfect for little bookworms. Gather a selection of school-themed picture books and wrap them in colourful paper to add an element of surprise and excitement to your kiddo’s bedtime story routine.

6. Paper Chain Countdown

9 Back-To-School Countdown Ideas Kids Will Love | Help! We've Got Kids This paper chain countdown from A Pumpkin & A Princess is sweet and simple. Your child rips a ring off every day to show they’re one day closer to school.

Little ones can practice their cutting and gluing skills, and the chain can easily be customized to suit older children by adding numbers to each link and writing an activity or school-related question on the inside for kids to discover each day.

7. Number Recognition Countdown

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Help kids work on counting skills and number recognition before school begins with this cute and oh-so-easy DIY countdown idea from This and That. For a custom touch, add the name of your child’s school to the side of the bus.

8. Countdown Banner

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Break out the craft supplies and enjoy an afternoon of creativity with your kids making this colourful countdown banner from Celebrations.com. With a focus on fun family activities, this countdown will help you make the most of your time together before the chaos of the school year begins.

9. High-Tech Countdown

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Let your tech-loving kiddo count down to the big day with an app. For wee ones who are heading off to school for the first time, Appracadabra offers a First Day of School Countdown app that features colourful illustrations little ones can interact with each day.

Older kids can literally count the seconds until they head back to class using Back 2 School Countdown by ORR Creative.

Both apps can be customized with your child’s name and photo.

PHOTO: SIMPLY KIERSTE

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Take a look at our back-to-school checklist so you don’t miss any of those must-do tasks leading up to the new school year!

Send your kid to school looking cool and with no risk of messy lunches with the best litterless lunch boxes for back-to-school.

Kids going back-to-school can be very stressful and difficult for parents too! Here are 10 back-to-school preparation tips for parentsto help you ease back into the swing of things alongside your child.

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