With the majority of children returning to school in early September, after five months away from the classroom, it’s likely they’ll need a host of essentials to ensure they are ready for lessons again.
School supplies include everything from backpacks and lunch boxes to stationery and maths equipment. If you want to get ahead of the game and ensure your kids are back to school ready here’s our round-up of the must-have items that students will need as they head back to the classroom. Grab them now before all the best deals fly off the shelves.
Brilliant backpacks for the coolest kids
If you have a teenage footy fan in the family, they’ll love this stylish backpack with embossed football detail. It has a sleeve for a drink bottle, a compartment that will hold a 15” laptop and a media pocket with headphone access. It is currently on sale at the Smiggle website with 50% off.
For younger pupils, Marks and Spencers have a range of cute backpacks including this wild animal faces design featuring friendly monkeys, elephants and rhinos. This backpack is also water repellent, so is an ideal choice to keep books dry when walking to school on rainy autumnal days.
Eco-friendly water bottles
Children are becoming more ecologically aware of the need to cut down single-use plastic usage. A reusable water bottle is increasingly being carried by youngsters who are keen to do their bit to help the environment. Having a bottle of water with them at school will hopefully encourage them to drink more water too. Win, win!
Thirsty primary school kids will love the range of water bottle designs available at Kambukka’s online store. Children can select from dinosaur, alien, mermaid or unicorn designs and the whole range is eco-friendly, BPA-free and has a Triton body which doesn’t trap odours or easily stain.
Amazon also offers a great variety of water bottles—our favourite range includes useful markings on the bottle to help then track their water consumption throughout the day.
Insulated lunch box ideas
Keeping a packed lunch cool in a stuffy classroom is a challenge֫—but investing in an insulated lunch box can help to keep sandwiches fresh right up until lunchtime.
Kids retailer Trunki, who featured on Dragon’s Den in 2006 with their popular children’s suitcase, have created a lunch box in a similar style, with an integrated mesh panel designed to hold an ice pack. The case is easy to clean and has a seamless liner—which makes cleaning up spilled yogurt and sandwich crumbs effortless.
Pre-schoolers and reception-age children will delight at this space-themed lunch box. It’s a smaller size so it’s ideal for little hands and can be personalised with your child’s name so they don’t lose it, plus, the manufacturer is currently offering free personalisation too.
Stock up on stationery
From primary school to secondary school, a good stationery set is a must-have for the September term. Not sure what items your child will need? High street stationer Colemans have compiled a student zone on their website, detailing a list of essential stationery items for kids of all ages.
If your child needs a handwriting pen, Stabilo have a unique ergonomically designed pen especially for smaller hands. The pen helps to correct writing posture and is suitable for either right- or left-handed writers. There is even a name tag space, so your child’s pen won’t get mixed up with anyone else’s.
Pencil case perfection
No stationery set is complete without the perfect pencil case to sit proudly on your child’s desk. UK stationer, WHSmith has a fantastic range online including a funky game-controller style and a fabulous sparkly, holographic rainbow pencil case for just £2.99. The Sparkle-Pop pencil case is part of a larger range of colourful stationery that includes notebooks, erasers and a tape dispenser.
For teenagers who need to carry scientific calculators, set squares and compasses in their bags, there are some larger capacity cases that fit the bill for holding bulkier items. It has a mesh compartment which is also ideal for holding a phone.
A must-have for maths lessons
Older children will need a scientific calculator to help them as they work towards their maths GCSE or A-level. Aldi have come up trumps with a low-cost scientific calculator that has all the functionality of more expensive models, at just £6.99.
Budding maths geniuses will also love this Helix Maths Tin, also from the Aldi website. It contains a compass, ruler, protractor, two set squares and a pencil sharpener. All these goodies are presented in a retro-style purple tin, which is perfect for the new term.
Memory sticks for secondary school
Secondary school pupils often work on different laptops and PCs during the school day. Many students choose to use memory sticks to store their work and take assignments with them to complete at home.
Style-conscious teenagers will love this funky memory stick, complete with a colourful bird pattern on the casing. For Star Wars fans there is a range of character-based memory sticks including Chewbacca and R2D2—or if you would rather take a trip to the dark side, there is even a Darth Vader version.
Whichever your child chooses, they will be the envy of the classroom with their unique portable storage device.
Stay safe with handy hand sanitiser bottles
Schools have been working hard over the summer to ensure they can keep staff and pupils safe when they reopen their doors next month. Hand sanitiser will be an important addition to the school backpack next term, and there are some handy-sized refillable bottles online that will clip onto a bag or keyring to use after breaktimes and before lunch.
Etsy have selection of mini-bottles which can be personalised with different coloured lettering and are a bargain at just £2.50 each.