Looking for some hilarious back-to-school photo ideas to kick off the new year? Check out some of these funny school pictures and ideas below to celebrate with laughter (and excitement) this school year!

For some parents, the back-to-school season is a difficult time. For others… not so much. Okay, we all miss our kids, but there’s something to be said for having a little time to ourselves. Back to school is the perfect time to re-live the hilarious vindication of your innocent days. You know… time to go to the bathroom without being asked 20 questions through the door? 

13 Hilarious Back To School Photo Ideas To Try

Classic back-to-school pictures are normally cute and sweet but I personally wanted to try something different. This year, try something new by taking funny back-to-school pictures! If you’re not quite sure what I mean, here are 13 hilarious back-to-school photo ideas to try this school year.

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Funny School Pictures and Ideas for Back to School

From parents celebrating kids school pictures to kids showing off their true despair, these back-to-school photo ideas made me laugh out loud!

I know they’ll make you laugh too – and inspire your own funny crazy photos with these funny school photographs.

1. Shove The Kids Into The Vehicle On Their First Day Back To School 

Got kiddos who clearly don’t want to go back to school? Too bad! Bring in the big guns, the muscular dad. This dad is having none of it and don’t we just love this funny photo of dad pushing his kids into the vehicle on a school day. I love the hilarity in this photo,! Add a super funny caption in the post and it will be the best yearbook picture ever. 

One way or another, the kiddos have to report for the first day of back-to-school. And one day, they’ll look back and laugh at their first day of school picture day. 

back to school photo ideas - dad pushing 3 kids into car


2. Winning Back To School Photo Idea – Mom Can’t Contain Her Excitement  

You don’t usually see this kind of image in an elementary school yearbook photo or in spring school photos. How about being that mom who’s jumping for joy that it’s time for the kids to go back to school. We don’t blame her, but we’re sure that she misses them (a little)! It’s funny how the kids can’t believe their mom was this happy to get them back to school. Her husband might be laughing so hard taking his wife’s school picture like this!

I see myself totally rocking this back-to-school idea and my kids being genuinely sad. Not so much about going back to school but at how much fun I seem to be having through the fact that it’s time for them to go back to school.

100% Me time, here I come! 

back to school photo ideas - mom jumping for joy while her kids stand in the background


3. Dad’s Catching Air In This Hilarious Back To School Photo Idea

Here’s a good ol’ dad joke. Just when you thought these back-to-school photo ideas couldn’t get funnier, here’s one of a dad jumping for joy, like saying, “Yee haw!”. We’ve got to hand it to him. His excitement is contagious! And the kids’ faces just make it way too funnier. Ah, this is gonna be a favorite photo of all time with tons of precious memories!

back to school photo ideas - ad jumping for joy while the kids stand there unhappy to go back to school


4. I Won’t Let Go of the Doorknob! The Funniest Back To School Photo Ideas 

This might just be a hilarious kindergarten picture. Summer just. can’t. be. over. Not yet! This kid has barely made it past the door. In this crazy back-to-school photo, Dad will pry him off eventually. I just know it. But it’s funny how the kid is fully dressed, backpack in place yet he won’t have anything with this business of going back-to-school…OMG! 

PS: Make sure no kids are harmed when taking this back-to-school photo, otherwise the kid will have worn this round. 

back to school photo ideas - kid hanging on to the doorknob for dear life while dad pulls him off to go back to school


5. Did You Say Back To School? She Wants to Learn…Nothing 

You know those fun surveys you can do with your kids at the start of each school year? Sometimes they turn up hilarious answers. Her written answer and face say it all. Now, how do we take this one who says she wants to learn nothing, back to school?

Any takers? I’m paying and paying handsomely because there’s simply no way I’ll be the one to be stared at by this face all the way to school. You may do a retake of my second grade school photo with this idea.

back to school photo ideas - photo collage of girl with her paper that says she wants to learn nothing in first grade

6. Parents Throwing Their Back-To-School Party? Funny Photo Idea

Ain’t no party like the back-to-school party… for the parents, anyway! And the kids are anything but amused. We just can’t help but laugh at this other very funny photo idea. The parents looove da bomb party while the kids look like it’s the end of the world.


back to school photo ideas -  2 parents celebrate back to school while 4 kids stand there looking unhappy

7. Pop That Champagne In Side-Splitting Back To School Photo Ideas

This dad couldn’t be happier to be sending his kids back to school and he just had to pop the bubbly. It’s time to celebrate, y’all! You can do this photo theme whether your kids are entering the first grade, 4th grade, or any grade, with them wearing velour pants, a green cap, or a gown (to make it more funnier!).

Though I can’t help myself from laughing at the mixed reactions on the kid’s faces. It clearly is a varied bag of emotions when back-to-school rolls around. 

back to school photo ideas - Dad pops the bubbly while kids look on in disbelief


8. Signs Can Add Humor – Comical Back To School Photo Idea 

Okay, I’ll admit that I was a total wreck on my son’s first day of preschool. Whether you’re a middle age mom or you became a mom in the early 2000s with a couple of kids already, I’m sure your little one’s first day of school can be a tearjerker.

This “Stop crying, mom” sign would have been totally appropriate! How adorable is this little kid who seems all excited for his first day of school? 

Plus, the sign takes an adorable picture and adds humor – just what I needed to dry up those tears.

back to school photo ideas - Preschooler holding a sign that says "stop crying mom"


9. First Day of School Mugshot In Ridiculously Funny Photo Idea

Is your kid really dreading going back to school? Perhaps this back-to-school mugshot suits him or her to a tee. They look like the one got framed people!

 Get your kiddo’s little sis to assist you, and their best friend to join this mugshot photoshoot! This is one of those photo ideas that you’ll both look back on and smile at for years to come! I hope your kiddo don’t sport a mullet haircut on the day you take this photo. (You might have a really good laugh one day if you do this as your daughter’s first ever school photo.)

back to school photo ideas - first day of school mugshot photo collage


10. Capture The Moment – Gut-Busting Back-To-School Photo Idea 

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? It definitely is in this case. Capture the feelings of the moment. You don’t need a green screen in this set up, we don’t want one of those green screen fail moments.

When your kid just isn’t feeling it when they went in, there’s nothing better than snapping a picture of utter despair. She’ll think this old elementary school photo is funny in a few years… hopefully.

back to school photo ideas  - little girl face down on the floor in despair


11. Bring Out the Mimosas – This Back To School Photo Idea Is A Hoot! 

OMG! This is super hilarious! These parents couldn’t even wait for the school bus to leave their driveway before starting their back-to-school celebrations. Just be sure that your son’s book bag is with your son! Is that even a thing now? Back-to-school celebration for the parents?

Anyway. It’s all high five! Summer vacation is finally over. Parents’ got a free ticket to party! Bring out those mimosas!

back to school photo ideas - parents celebrating with high fives and drinks as kids get on the school bus


12. When Reality Hits – Back To School Photo Idea Is A Side-Splitter 

Clearly, the second day of school isn’t nearly as fun as the first day! That magic wears off quickly in the early morning hours when all you want to do is stay in your nice, cozy bed. Play with your toys when you want to. What a holy school photo. And hope that mom will be around to dote only on you. 

Was the lack of personalized attention in school a bit too much for this pre-schooler to take? This funny back-to-school photo collage confirms that it’s just about right. Poor kiddo! 

back to school photo ideas - first day versus second day pictures


14. Sometimes It’s Just A Difference of Opinion – Humorous Photo Idea

Bye, Felicia! Looks like this Kindergartner doesn’t find it nearly as funny as we parents do. If she only saw her brother’s pre-k picture, it might be more hilarious than this one. This photo makes me smile from ear to ear. And it’s funnier that mum can’t wait for the kid to be gone because mum already has her glass and drinks ready to celebrate as soon as the kid is on the school bus. 

This mum seems to be having way too much fun with this back-to-school photo…Starbucks coffee and drinks? Too funny! 

back to school photo ideas - mom holding sign that says "bye Felicia" and an unhappy child sitting on the steps

Crazy Back To School Photos Are Just One Option

If your creativity isn’t up to the task of coming up with hilarious photos, you can take a different approach.

How can you announce to the world that it’s back to school time without having such crazy photos? While fun photos are awesome, here are a few other great ways that you can have back-to-school photo fun without going all out.

15. Group Hugs All-Around

I’ve always loved the first day of school better than the last day of school. Firsts are the best because they are beginnings – Jenny Han

Maybe your crew is actually a little sad about going back to school. Take this time to get picture proof that everyone does love each other.

Group hug it out (like the Tanners in Full House) and snap that picture for evidence later. You can even include a simple gift to give the kiddos some awesome possession for going back to school.

16. Have Them Stand Next to a Ruler to Measure Height

While they might seem short to you, they’re kind of a big deal. 

Get their first day of school photos taken as proof of just how big they really were at the start of the year compared to the end of the year. You’ll be amazed at the difference! The repeat of this gem activity is so fun the kids will even love math and measurements!

17. Peace Out, Mom 

Maybe your kids are excited, maybe they aren’t…but having them throw you the deuces as they’re getting on the bus just might be one of the most simple (and cutest) back-to-school photo ideas, ever. Ahh, just hope they don’t catch any allergies at school.

No tears, just peace, and love. See ya at 3, Mom! 

18. Chalk It Out On The Sidewalk 

Those school expenses do add up eventually. Why not save the money on buying something and instead head out to your driveway and use sidewalk chalk to write the grade that they’re going into. Then, have your child pose and get your picture taken. Easy as that! This is a super fun activity to do with a 9-year-old!

Final Thoughts on Back to School Pictures

These are just a few simple back-to-school photo ideas that anyone can do! Go for adorable and sweet…or go for crazy and funny. Show off all those teeth with happy spirits. It’s like summer is only yesterday, and now the little ones have to wear their favorite shirt, bring some school packet and envelope, take an elementary class shot, and develop deeper friendships with their classmates. 

Either way is a great memory. But the funny, crazy photos will tell a story and bring a smile to your face for years to come.

Be sure to give clear instructions to your kids to keep themselves safe while away from home. You might want to decorate your home with sort of tropical safari theme to make them feel more comfy when they get home.

Now with the kids back at school, go listen to that Evanescence CD and enjoy drinking your coffee before it gets cold!

Share your fun back-to-school photo ideas!

3-photo collage of 13 BACK-TO-SCHOOL PHOTO ideas you have to try! Mother holding a 'Bye Felicia' sign while upset daughter is seated on step with own sign of her first day at school, dad prying kid off the door, and dad popping the champagne in celebration of his kids first day back to school.

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