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It seems like only yesterday that kids (and parents?) were counting the seconds in anticipation for summer vacation. But, as all the sales and specials declare: It’s Back to School season! 

Its hard to believe that soon some students will be heading back to the classroom. Get your school year off on the right foot with these projects to spend the final weeks basking in the time off and get prepared for Back2School!  

Crafty Classroom Countdown

  • Construction paper, assorted colors
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Staples

Get in the school spirit, pick out your school’s or class’ color with the construction paper. Take the colored paper and cut into strips. Once cut, arrange the strips in desired order or pattern. Make sure you have enough strips. One strip will count for one day, leading up to the first day of school.

Next form circles with the strips by meeting the ends of the strips and stapling together. Proceed with linking together and stapling.

With each day accounted for, create a sign to hang the linked chain from. This will represent the first day of school, make it festive so once all the loops are ripped off it'll celebrate the start of  another school year!


DIY Paper Sorter 

  • Cereal boxes same six, one per subject/class/period
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Adhesive or glue
  • Decorative wrapping paper


One key to success in school is organization. Being organized allows you to be prepared for the day ahead instead of fumbling behind. Combat the clutter with this simple DIY cereal box paper sorter.

Start by stacking your emptied cereal boxes. Make sure there is one box per class, period or subject that you are enrolled in.

Cut off all the top tabs, then glue the boxes together. For a stronger and longer lasting hold, use a hot glue gun or similar adhesives. Allow time for the adhesives to dry completely.

Next, comes the decorating!

There are plenty of options to deck out the boxes, the simplest being leftover wrapping paper. Accessorize with stickers, print your favorite patterns, superheroes, princesses or line it with a blank canvas to fill in your own creation!

After, wrap the open edges with tape. Using a thicker tape will prevent the edges from getting worn out as quickly.


  • 3 bananas
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg




  • 2½ cups oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Chopped fruit




While nothing beats a healthy, well-balanced breakfast, these oatmeal breakfast bites will help beat back mornings that are on-the-go! Whip up a batch the night before a busy week, grab a couple when you’re hurried out the door for a snack throughout your day.

This recipe will make 12 servings in about 30 minutes, so pop on your favorite show and let’s get started…

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl, begin by mashing up three bananas. Stir in your peanut butter, softened butter, honey and vanilla extract until the mixture is smooth. Feel free to substitute your preferred nut butter or sweeten with agave in place of honey.

In another bowl, combine the oats, baking powder, cinnamon with a pinch of salt.

Incorporate the wet and dry ingredients, adding a beaten egg. Stir until combined.

Sprinkle in chocolate chips, nuts, granola, even chopped fruit thatll make the bites pop!

Line your baking tray with a sheet of parchment paper and start placing the bites about an inch or two apart. Form flat bites by hand or use an ice cream scooper for a pop-able ball shape.

Bake for 15 minutes or until browned not burned. Let them cool for a quick few and theyre good to go!


Kristopher Yanez is the proud father of 1-year-old daughter Kennedy, a journalism student at Pima Community College and is also the first-ever Bear Essential News Summer Reporting Intern. When Kris is not doing school work, he is off chasing after young Kennedy.