Ultimate Back to School Checklist

Hair cut? Check! New clothes? Check! Fill the backpack? Ugh.

If you’re not sure what your little one needs to take to school, let our ultimate back to school checklist move you to the head of the class.

After a summer filled with fun and sun, it can be difficult to remember all the back to school supplies your child needs in elementary school. We can help!

Daily School Supplies

There are a few key essentials to stock up on before the first bell rings. Of course supplies vary by grade, but some items are needed by every young student. Stock up on:

  • Notebooks, folders and loose leaf paper: Choose colorful options printed with novelty designs and favorite cartoon characters to keep kids interested in their homework.
  • Electronic storage devices (USB flash drive, portable hard drives): Pick out comical options shaped like crayons or kittens.
  • Pens and pencils: Make writing utensils unique by having them inscribed with positive messages or the child’s nickname.
  • Lunch box or bag: Don’t forget to also get ice packs in the shapes of sport balls or flowers to make meal time extra enticing.

Arts and Crafts

If there’s one area of back to school supplies your little one loves to pick out, it’s the items needed for creative time. Here’s an idea of which items should land in your shopping cart.

  • Crayons and markers: Look for coloring tools that offer swirls of multiple colors with each stroke or uncommon hues, such as neon or pastels.
  • Glue or glue sticks: Make craft projects even more fun by picking out glue that changes color when it dries. This makes it easy for students to keep the glue in the lines and see when the project has fully dried.
  • Ruler, pencil sharpener and safety scissors: These classic tools are so much cooler when they’re in the shape of an animal, such as an alligator, dog or owl.

Shared Classroom Items

Many teachers, especially in younger grades, ask children to bring an item to share with the entire class throughout the school year. Check your class supply list to see if any of these items are needed by your child’s classroom.

  • Facial tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Moist hand wipes
  • Non-perishable snacks

A Mighty Backpack

And of course your student needs a great backpack to haul everything safely to school.  Make sure you have a durable backpack to withstand the daily abuse of a kid. Look for one with extra pockets, metal zippers and padded shoulders.

We adore the sporty Race Car 3-D Backpack and funky Peace Sign Messenger Bag. Both can be personalized with your child’s name to make the school year extra special.

Tell us: What are you most excited to put in your child’s backpack? Comment below!

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