Well, it’s that time again, back to school!! My oldest is going into his last year of preschool so I thought I’d share some of our favorite preschool (or primary school) essentials!
First, every preschool kid needs a backpack. Even though they aren’t doing any heavy text book lifting or major homework, there are a few things they will need a backpack for. Most preschools recommend bringing a change of clothes (even though preschoolers are potty trained), a lovely, water bottle, and snacks (on their snack rotation day). They will also need to bring home important handouts or artwork, and book orders throughout the year. I know that sounds like a lot for a little preschooler, but keep in mind that they aren’t ready for a full size backpack and everything mentioned above will fit neatly into a toddler sized backpack. Our personal favorite is the Skip Hop Zoo Packs. The Zoo Packs are adorable and come in 18 different designs, so I’m sure your child will find one that fits their personality. The zipper is easy to open and close, it has padded adjustable straps, there is an outside expandable cup holder, an outside insulated zipper compartment, a write-on name tag on the inside, and it is BPA and Phthalate-free! The Zoo Pack easily fits standard size sheets of paper or coloring books. The best part of the Zoo Pack? They are only $20!! Find your favorite one here.
Our next essential is a good, NON plastic water bottle. We try and stay away from plastic drinking bottles for our kids so finding a cheap plastic alternative is important to us since we recently switched out all of our plastic for stainless steel. We’ve tried several different ones and some have been better than others. Our current favorite is the FUNtainer Bottle by Thermos. It has a flip top lid, flexible drinking straw, a carry handle, and it keeps drinks hot or cold much longer than plastic water bottles. It is also BPA free and dishwasher safe. My sons favorite feature is that they come in various designs and feature popular characters. They cost around $15 depending on where you buy them. Check out all the designs here.
If your child goes to a preschool where kids bring their own lunch or snack you will need a lunch box. Our absolute favorite lunch box is by Yubo. Yubo lunch boxes are bento style boxes that are BPA, lead, and phthalate free, recyclable, and dishwasher safe. They come with interchangeable faceplates, three spill-proof containers (one large, two small), and an icepack. There are also add on accessories available. These lunch boxes eliminate the need for baggies, and they keep food separate and fresh. They also completely break apart so they are MUCH easier to clean than traditional lunch bags or boxes, which helps keep that funky lunch box smell at bay! I’ve heard people say that this lunch box is larger than regular lunch boxes, but I can personally attest to the fact that it fits (with room to spare) in a toddler sized backpack. The best part is that when your child outgrows their favorite character you can just order a new faceplate instead of buying an entirely new lunch box! How genius is that?! Check them out here.
Now that you’ve got the perfect lunch box, it’s time to actually fill it. If you’re anything like me, you dread making lunch, and you don’t have time to make 5 course meals for preschool! You need something that’s creative and healthy but also easy and quick. I have been scouring Pinterest for lunch ideas and my favorite list so far is from Primal Bliss. It’s a full MONTH of FREE real food lunch ideas, with pictures!! They are easy, quick, and healthy alternatives to my kids usual lunch of PB&J!
My final back to school essential is remembering to get a good first and last day of school photo! I found these awesome FREE chalkboard printables from Yellow Bliss Road. They look like real chalkboard drawings, look great framed, and go all the way from preschool to 12th grade. I also use this FREE printable school interview from Thirty Handmade Days every year. It’s a great way to remember each stage of your child’s school journey!
I hope you enjoyed my list of favorite back to school products and that your child’s first day isn’t filled with too many tears – from either of you!! Happy Back to School!
busybeingMOMS blogger Stacey