School is coming, and soon your Instagram feed will be dominated by first-day photos of cute kids holding cute signs. (Pro tip: Not only does a sign mark the occasion, giving a fidgety kid something to hold usually results in a better shot.)
This year, be the parent with the sign: Check out these nine downloadable options created by the artists at TODAY, each worthy of a spot in your family album.
1. Basic grade sign
Here's our version of the classic, no-fuss sign that launched the trend.
2. Just add scissors
This one's still simple — just cut around the border to add a little extra oomph. Use a popsicle stick to turn it into a sign. (It helps to add an extra piece of paper or posterboard to keep it from getting floppy.)
3. Fill-in-the-blank chalkboard
Like a mini time capsule, this sign not only announces the grade, but also records fun facts about your kiddo from year to year.
4. Fill-in-the-blank notebook sheet
It's similar to the chalkboard above, but with a looseleaf vibe.
5. "Grade" pennants
Because everything is cuter when it's shaped like a flag, and this sign also doubles as a craft project: Kids will love cutting out the triangles and attaching them to pens, pencils or chopsticks.
For those tweens and older kids who might sigh deeply and roll their eyes when you ask them to hold a sign, this one says it all. (Also a cute way to get younger sibs involved!)
If you let your child write his name himself each year, you'll capture his current handwriting and also get to watch its progression as he gets older.
8. Marble composition cover
It's hard to think of a better back-to-school prop than the front of one of these splotchy, iconic notebooks.
9. "Grade" garland
To make a fun, festive garland, cut out the letters and your child's corresponding grade and string them together. For a little extra flair, use colored printer paper. Try hanging it over a mantle or front door.
Looking for other back-to-school ideas? Head to TODAY's back-to-school Pinterest board for more delightful ideas.