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Free Printable | First Day of School Picture Pennants

UPDATED: the PENNANTS are now UPDATED, so you can use them for any school year or add your own date!

I always take pictures of the boys on the first and last day of school. All of these pictures have started to “run together”…the older the kids get, the harder it is to identify what grade the kids were in for a particular photo. So, a few years ago, I started having the kids hold signs in their pictures. This is something I wish I would have started the very first year they started pre-school!

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The cute sign on the clipboard in the. photo above, I found from Pinterest, it’s over on in eighteen25’s website {you can grab it here!}


The image below is of my middle kiddo! When we have our Back-to-School Breakfast, I put all of the pennants on display, and people can grab them at their leisure anytime during breakfast and snap a few pictures of their kids holding the pennants.

I have made all of the pennants available for you to print! Grades Pre-School – 12 are included in the pdf. After you print (I suggest using card stock for durability and strength) them out, simply use a hole punch to make a hole about 1.5″ from the top and bottom of each pennant. Insert a dowel rod and  you’re done!

Looking for some other first day of school picture ideas? Try this 1st Day of School Photo Sign or these Photo Signs.


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  1. Heather what a great idea! My kiddo is in the 3rd grade. Is there any way I can change the colors to match the school colors? Thanks!

  2. Hi Heather! I love this idea, and thank you for the free printables! Is there anyway I can get one that says Preschool? One of my daughters is starting Kindergarten and the other is starting preschool, and I’d like them both to hold their own pennants. Let me know if that is a possibility. Thanks so much!

      1. Heather these are so adorable! Will you be updating these for this school year 2015-2016? So excited to take pictures of my two kids with these pennants! Thank you in advance!

  3. I love your pennants! I am creating a bulletin board for the whole school but I need one that says Pre-Kindergarten. I was trying to literally cut, reduce, and tape one together. Are they time consuming to create? Could you please make one for me? I would love that!


  4. Any way these will be updated for the 2015-2016 school year? I’d love to use these this year for my kids!

  5. I was so excited to find this pin again, but updated to the current school year!! Thank you so much for these!!

    1. Melissa- At the very bottom of the post there is text in a box that says “Download Back to School Grade Level Pennants”. You need to click on this text to get the download.

      Hope that helps!

  6. Just wanted to say thank you so much – I print different signs each year for my three boys and they will absolutely love these flags. Really fun and great school theme! Thank you — this will make that first day of school (tomorrow) just that much easier, and fun!

  7. Thanks for these pennants, Heather! The kids are going to look awesome with them! My youngest (of four) is going into Terrific Twos this year. Is there any way to customize another one for her?

  8. I found you on Pinterest and down loaded these for my daughter to use with her son. But I don’t like the year. She can’t use them each year. Can you make them with out the year on it. Then I don’t need to down loaded again every year. Or even better ones you can personalize with year ourselves. I appreciate your making and sharing them and don’t mean to imply I do not like them. Just would be easier then having to get new ones each year.

      1. I can’t seem to download the signs without having to download the PDF Converter. Anyway to go around this? I’ve used thiese for my kids and all the nieces and nephews for the last 3 years and can’t get it to download. School starts tomorrow! Help, please! Thank you!

  9. Hello, I love these and was wondering if you could do them in orange & navy blue? Also do you have any for the last day of school/each grade? Thank you! šŸ™‚

  10. I’m trying to download the back to school pennants and it only gets to 50% and won’t continue to download to subscribe to get the free download. Anyway you could help?

  11. I download the pennants every year but my computer crashed and I no longer have them saved! I tried clicking the link to download but nothing arrived in my inbox. Can you help me??

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