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Back to School Activity Mats - K-5

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 6 pages | Grades: K - 5

Use these back-to-school activity mats as your first day of school warm-up activity during morning arrival.

🖍️ First Day of School Activity Mats

What are your plans for the first day of school? Do you have an idea ready for when your students walk into your classroom? Look no further! Teach Starter has created a collection of activity placemats that are easy to use as a first day of school activity. This first day of school resource provides an activity mat for

  • Kindergarten 
  • First Grade
  • Second Grade
  • Third Grade
  • Fourth Grade
  • Fifth Grade

Through this activity, students will put their creativity, math, reading, and writing skills to the test to complete mazes, color by number activities, back-to-school word searches, and more!

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How to Use This Resource in Your Classroom

Print the grade level placemat that you need, and make your copies! It’s that simple!


Before student arrival on the first day of school, place these on each student’s desk. Now when they have a seat, they immediately have something to catch their attention and warm up their brain!


Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the Download button to access this resource’s black and white PDF version. 

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