It is time to pack up the backpacks and take in that new pencil smell because school is almost back in session. Whether your child is going back to preschool, starting kindergarten or going into first grade, this is an important moment for every child as well as the parent.
It is important to know what kind of items to look for while going school shopping for the kids. As they get older they will need more specific school items but for the first few years there a handful of basic back to school shopping essentials that most young children will need.
For young children going into preschool or kindergarten, they will most likely need a box of crayons and/or markers. Let the kids pick out their favorite colors and do not be afraid to go for the big box. If a child is going into first grade, they will need a lot more pencils, pens and erasers. Again, let them choose which ones they like best, half the fun of back to school shopping for kids is getting to pick out their own supplies.
Children in kindergarten or preschool will not need too many paper items, as the school will most likely supply that for them. But it does not hurt to buy some construction paper and white paper just in case. First graders will definitely need a spiral notebook or notebook paper inside a binder. There are a variety of different notebooks with pictures and designs, let them choose which one best suits their personality best.
Every child will need a backpack to keep things organized. As well as a backpack, older children will probably need pencil holders, folders and binders to keep everything situated. Label sections inside binders or on the front of folders to help the kids keep their assignments straight. If the kids are going to be packing their lunches, invest in a new lunchbox that will keep any food secure rather than sending a brown bag that could easily get squished inside a school bag.
Kids need to look their best when going back to school. Invest in a few new shirts, pants, skirts, dresses and accessories to help the kids feel confident on their first day back to school. Also, invest in a few new hook and loop toddler belts for little ones on their way to preschool to add some flair and help keep pants up on a ready-to-learn toddler.
On every back to school shopping trip, let the kids pick out something special that is not on the essentials list. Whether that is a fancy pen or a new water bottle or simply a bigger box or crayons, let them have one special thing that they can use at school to get them excited to learn.
A lot of young children are excited when it comes to starting school, while several are also nervous. Going back to school shopping can both amp up the excitement or help calm the nerves. Either way, it is important for a child to be a part of any back to school shopping excursions.