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First Day of School Photos

Posted by  ·  August 14, 2012  ·  Last Updated: August 8, 2018

Do you take  first day of school photos?  Today is the first day of school! Look at my second grader.

A DIY message bubble is a perfect way for kids to show off what grade they are in!

I needed a  simple and quick way to make these message bubbles for our first day of school photo!  So I  used Elmers’s foam sheets, X-ACTO Knife, and chalk board paint. To make it even easier for you I  have a printable message bubble template.

Speech Bubble Template Download

Cut out the template, trace around it on the foam sheet and cut with an x-acto knife. I can’t say enough good about the X-ACTO Self Healing Mat (believe me it keeps you from a big mishap).

Cut out the entire message bubble.

Give the foam  message bubble a couple of coats of chalk board paint.

Once completely dry write your message on the bubble and take your photos!  These speech bubbles are a fun way to document special occasions and give photos personality!


How do you celebrate the first day of school?

This back to school coloring page is so cute and makes a wonderful keepsake!

First Day of School Coloring Page

If you aren’t so crafty you can print out these first days of school signs.


If you want to make sure you know exactly how to give your teacher perfect gifts all year long be sure to have her fill out her favorite things.

Favorite Things Teacher Questionnaire


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  1. Monday, January 30th, 2017
    Thank you will make a bubble try for a frame also
  2. Thursday, August 1st, 2013
    Very clever idea. I am going to make a few bubbles for photo prompts.
  3. Thursday, January 10th, 2013
    Creative. Thanks for taking the time. I will definitely return to this site to see what's new and inform my acquaintenances about your posting.
  4. Shawna A
    Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
    I'm always looking for creative ways to take pictures. Thank you for sharing.
  5. Thursday, August 23rd, 2012
    Adorable. Great idea!
  6. MomStarr
    Thursday, August 16th, 2012
    I want to make a cute chalk board for my kitchen wall would foam board work ok or should I use another heavier material? Thanks!
  7. Joyce
    Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
    Thanks for adding the template download!!
  8. Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
    Awww...little Miss B will be a 2nd Grader?! She's so cute! I hope she has a great year. Thanks for the shout out. I love how small yours is...and light weight too! Even better!
  9. Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
    I love this! What a cute idea and beautiful child. Enjoy every minute, because next thing you know she will be grown. My "baby" is 35! We took photos every year on the first day of school and even the first day of college. With that in mind she e-mailed me a "first day of school" photo this morning from HER classroom where she is a High School Special Education teacher! She entitled it "baby back to school" knowing it would make me tear up.
  10. Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
    Adorable! Hope she had a great 1st day! :)
  11. Joyce
    Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
    Your daughter is adorable and great idea. Where is the link for the bubble template that you said you had for us? Maybe I just overlooked it. This is a great idea!!!
    • Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
      oops I forgot to upload the template. It is there now.
  12. Robin
    Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
    Love this! Where is the template?
  13. Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
    Awww - she's so sweet :D
  14. Amy
    Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
    Your daughter is adorable! I'm a 2nd grade teacher, and I love those "1st day" smiles!
  15. Tuesday, August 14th, 2012
    I love the message bubble idea! I don't have any kids in school, but maybe I could write things on it I think my dog is thinking... ;-)