Back to school season is coming soon! You’ll learn how to create a back to school photo booth here. Greet your new students and families with a classroom photo booth with props and a fun backdrop. I’ve got a few photo booth ideas for your back to school events to make it an enjoyable time for everyone.
I’ve set up a photo booth in my classroom for our Meet the Teacher or Open House event every year. I print the pictures (two copies) and send one copy home during the first week of school. Then, I save a copy to pass out to students on the last day of school, too! Watching students see how much they’ve changed in a year is the sweetest thing ever!
1. Determine a place for a photo booth backdrop in your classroom.
First, choose a place for your photo booth in your classroom. Will you use a white board, bulletin board, or a wall as a background? You can be as simple or creative as you want to make your photo booth backdrop. If you’re feeling really wild, you can blow up balloons and staple the base to a bulletin board. This has been my favorite backdrop, yet! (Be warned, they deflate within 2 days and the students will repeatedly ask if they can pop the balloons.) But it doesn’t have to be that intense. You could even use this as an excuse to leave a bulletin board empty before starting the school year.
2. Make a plan for the photo booth props you’ll use for the back to school event.
You could buy a pre-made kit from your party store or purchase a photo booth prop kit from Amazon. You could wander around your house to find fun props to bring into school. Or you could even lay out construction paper and encourage students to make their own photo booth props. Whatever you choose, make it age appropriate and FUN! This is a great time to see your students be silly and creative. Don’t want to take too much time to create photo booth props for Open House or Meet the Teacher? No worries! Just download these, print on colored paper or colored cardstock, and you are ready to impress families.
3. Do you have a tripod or can you be near the photo booth area?
It’s always wonderful when parents take their own pictures in the photo booth, but YOU absolutely want a copy of the pictures! I try to place myself near the photo booth area so I can use my phone to snap pictures. If you have an iPad or tablet available, you could easily encourage families to use it to document their fun.
4. Have fun with it!
Don’t be afraid to jump in photos with students and parents. They will absolutely love your energy! Also, they can make some great pictures for the school yearbook. You may even want to send an email to your teammates or school teacher friends to stop by your class for a few fun photo booth pictures!
If you’re looking for photo booth props you can use for not only back to school season, but year round...check out these! Click the link to see over 100 photo booth signs AND even an editable option!
Some people get real fancy and adhere these photo booth signs to popsicle sticks or skewers, but I don’t think it’s necessary. It’s super easy to store the props in a file folder and use for Mother’s Day Gifts, Father’s Day Gifts, or for End of the School Year events!
I hope you are going to try a photo booth in your classroom this year. Back to school photo booths are an easy way to create a strong sense of community with students and parents. Go set up a photo booth in your classroom and be prepared for some great laughs with students!