Say awww! 10 printable signs take back-to-school pictures to adorable new levels

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This fall may usher in the strangest school year yet, you can bet your Instagram feed will still 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 10 free, printable back-to-school signs created by the artists at TODAY, each worthy of a spot in your family album. We created special 2020 back-to-school signs to commemorate this unusual first day of school marred by COVID, along with classic signs in case you'd rather forget.

1. Back-to-school 2020 sign

Nothing quite says 2020 like a mask. Kids can hold this sign with pride whether they're heading to a classroom or learning at home.

Back to school 2020 printable sign (TODAY illustration)
Back to school 2020 printable sign (TODAY illustration)

Click here to print the free back-to-school 2020 sign.

2. Back-to-home school sign

Whether you're home-schooling or distance learning from home, this sign can mark the occasion.

Back to home school sign (TODAY illustration)
Back to home school sign (TODAY illustration)

Click here to print the free back-to-home school sign.

3. Back-to-school chalkboard sign

Like a mini time capsule, this sign not only announces the grade, but also records fun facts about your kiddo from year to year.

DIY back to school signs - fill in the blank chalkboard (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)
DIY back to school signs - fill in the blank chalkboard (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)

Click to print the free back-to-school chalkboard sign.

Click to print the black and white version.

Related: How can parents be sure to get photos that capture the spirit of a new year — and capture their kids' hearts later in life?

4. Back-to-school grade sign

Here's our version of the classic, no-fuss sign that launched the trend.

DIY back to school signs - classic and simple grade sign (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)
DIY back to school signs - classic and simple grade sign (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)

Click to print the back-to-school grade sign.

5. Back-to-school fill in the blank

It's similar to the chalkboard above, but with a looseleaf vibe.

DIY back to school signs - fill in the blank notebook (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)
DIY back to school signs - fill in the blank notebook (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)

Click to print back-to-school notebook sign here.

6. Back-to-school "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.

DIY back to school signs - grade pennant, flag (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)
DIY back to school signs - grade pennant, flag (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)

Print back-to-school penants for Kindergarten.

And back-to-school penants for grades 1 to 8!

7. Back-to-school hashtag signs

For those tweens and older kids who might sigh deeply and roll their eyes when you ask them to hold a sign, a #toocoolforschool or #senioryear sign says it all. (Also a cute way to get younger sibs involved!)

DIY back to school signs - #TooCoolForSchool (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)
DIY back to school signs - #TooCoolForSchool (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)

Click to print #toocoolforschool or #senioryear signs.

8. Back-to-school name tag sign

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.

DIY back to school signs - Hello My Name Is (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)
DIY back to school signs - Hello My Name Is (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)

Click to print back-to-school name tag signs in your child's favorite color.

9. Back-to-school 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.

DIY back to school signs - marble composition book cover (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)
DIY back to school signs - marble composition book cover (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)

Click to print back-to-school composition sign.

10. Back-to-school 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.

DIY back to school signs - grade garland (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)
DIY back to school signs - grade garland (Samantha Okazaki / TODAY)

Click to print back-to-school grade garland.

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