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20 First Day of School Signs for the Best Back-to-School Photos

Add one of these sweet signs to your back-to-school shopping list.

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If you're like us, you've been eyeing those unique first day of school signs so you can snap an Insta-worthy photo to post or print of your kid's first day back to school. Whether your child is starting elementary school for the first time and entering kindergarten, or your teen is a high school senior about to embark on their last first day of high school, this is a milestone day — and capturing the memory of starting school is a must.

Before you buy a first day of school sign, you'll want to consider the following:

  • Do you want to reuse the sign over and over again for years to come?
  • Do you have more than one child, so you'll need to use the sign multiple times, too?
  • Do you want to customize the sign with your child's favorite things, grade, teacher's name, and more?
  • Do you want the sign to be displayed in your home?
  • How old is your child, and will they be willing to hold the sign?

    Those factors can make or break your purchase. For instance, if you have multiple kids, you may want a sign that you can customize, but with the ability to erase and reuse. If you have a teen, you may want something cool so that it reflects their style. If you want first and last day of school signs, there are also sets that come with both.

    Now that you know what to think about, here are the best first day of school signs you can buy for back-to-school season.

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    First and Last Day Photo Sharing Chalkboard Signs
    Now 28% off

    What we love the most about this set of two signs is the price. You'll get your money's worth with a first day of school sign and a last day of school sign. You can also use it for summer camp, dance class, or really any other activity you want to document. You'll just need some chalk to fill it out before you snap a pic.

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    Back to School Signs

    Believe it or not, this set comes with 16 different signs: for the first day of school and the last day of school from preschool through college. With this set, you won't have to buy any additional signage in the future. You also don't have to write on anything, as each sign is already complete.

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    First and Last Day of School Board
    Oriental Cherry

    What sets this adorable sign apart from the rest is the sweet ruler frame. Fill it out using various colors of erasable chalk pens. And the best part is, you can use it over and over again. It will be so cool to see year after year how your daughter or son changes what they want to be when they grow up.

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    Reversible First Day and Last of School Apple Photo Prop

    This fun sign makes it very handy for parents to simply slot in their child's grade to show in the open rectangle. One of the coolest designs we've seen in a first day of school sign, this one is Insta-worthy, reusable, and innovative. You can even have your child's name engraved and request custom color options from the seller. Plus, nothing screams back-to-school like an apple!

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    First & Last Day of School Board

    This reusable, double-sided first day of school sign provides you with plenty of spots to customize using a chalkboard pen. We love how colorful it is, and so will your little one!

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    Modern First Day of School Sign

    Unlike any other first day of school sign we've seen, this whiteboard-style sign is sleek, chic, and so modern. Get it with handles or without. One dry erase marker will be included, so you'll have everything you need to make your child's back-to-school photo shine!

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    First Day of School Chalkboard Sign

    Plenty of signs will have color and pizzazz. But if you want something more classic to stand the rest of time (and be usable year after year as your kids reach high school), this Etsy find is your best bet. Choose from different subdued colors for the backdrop. You can also buy a last day of school version or a double-sided sign with both.

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    Back to School Sign Kit

    Easily one of the most adorable signs on our list here, this one features interchangeable accolades — 4 different apples that read 1st, 100th, best, and last — and a sliding arrow that you can move along the grade ruler. Have more than one kid? You can get multiple personalized pencils and swap those out, too!

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    Interchangeable Mini First Day of School Sign

    We love this sign made of baltic birch wood. Its innovative design allows you to buy the round base that says "first day of" on it, and then switch out the bottom depending on your child's grade. Buy the sign with one disc for a single school year, or purchase a set of discs to use the same sign over and over again until they graduate.

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    Round First Day of School Wood Sign
    The Rustic Rhode

    Beautifully crafted and nicely designed, this inexpensive sign requires no writing on your part. Your child can simply hold it up without much effort or need for fancy penmanship. These simple wood signs will really stand out in any photo.

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    First Day and Last Day of School Flag

    Too cool for school? Your maturing child will be proud to hold up these fabulously customized flags with their grade and the options for both first day and last day. Choose from three different color combos for the ribbons to best match your kid's personality.

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    Rustic Wood Frame Gray Felt Letter Board
    Now 21% off

    While this customizable sign is not specifically made for the first day of school, it will operate just the same. Simply use the letters it comes with to create your message. You may have to buy additional letter packs depending on the words you want to make. In addition to individual letters, you'll also get some popular pre-made words, including the days of the week and the months of the year, plus fun emoticons to use.

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    School Bus First and Last Day of School Reusable Dry Erase Sign
    Canopy Street

    Nothing is cuter than an elementary school kid holding up a sign that looks like a bus. After all, this is probably the only age group who find riding the bus a total trip! This dry-erase board can be used over and over again, year after year.

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    Pencil First and Last Day of School Sign

    This pencil sign for the first or last day of school is both darling and so simple. Just fill out one field with a dry-erase marker so you can reuse over and over again. We love that it looks like a pencil — so appropriate for a young elementary school kid.

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    First and Last Day of School Board with String
    Now 23% off

    This wearable sign comes with a string so your student can wear it over their neck. It will certainly make it easier to take the photo. And if you wish, your child can walk to school with it on — how cute would that be? You'll be able to customize several fields with chalk pens.

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    Set of 10 Double-Sided Back to School Signs for First and Last Day
    Hadley Designs

    This set comes with 10 cardstock signs that you can write on and snap photos of. Easy peasy, just recycle each page after use. While it won't be a hard board like most that landed on this list, it's budget-friendly and can last you 5 grades with first and last days combined.

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    Senior Sign for Pictures

    Have a soon-to-be senior in your family? This customizable, made-to-order sign features the word senior cut from birch wood, along with the year your child is graduating from high school or college. You can choose from different sizes and colors. And the best part is, your older child will think it's totally Insta-worthy!

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    First Day of School Dry Erase Board

    This dry-erase board depicting a notebook with the cutest school-related graphics is so thoughtfully designed. With slots to fill out including who the child's teacher is, what they want to be when they grow up, the school they go to, and more, it will nicely capture the essence of their upcoming school year so you can remember it for years to come.

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    Farmhouse Chalkboard-Style Back-to-School Signs
    Hadley Designs

    Don't let these farmhouse-style signs fool you (but they can fool your followers!). They may look like wood, but they're actually made of poster board. You'll get 10 in a pack that you can use for five different grades as it comes with both first and last days. Fill out slots like how tall your kid is, the date of the first day of school, his or her favorite things, and more to really capture those memories.

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    Hello Kindergarten Shirt

    Don't forget, a customized shirt can be your first day of school sign in itself! Personalize this one that's made-to-order with your child's name and your choice of preschool through 5th grade, printed on a white T-shirt.

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