As the schoolroom looms on the horizon and kids get ready for a new year of reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, why not put down the tablets and get excited about some good old fashioned scribblers? Yes, pencils are in a league of their own these days, coming in all shapes, sizes and even personalities. Check out some awesome ways to make learning even more of a blast, from first bell to the last.

Top Notch Pencils

A great way to add some pizzazz to the pencil box is to create crazy toppers for standard pencils. It’s super easy and tons of fun, kids can totally do some on their own! Sturdy For Common Things blogger and mom Rebecca Dunn has a fantastic DIY project for toppers and it’s a sure thing the kiddos will be standout stars not only for studying skills but writing style too. $10 for supplies.

How do you get the house pumped up for back to school time?

–Gabrielle Cullen