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7 Awesome Back-to-School Must Haves

Did you wait until the last minute to buy school supplies? Me too. Here's a list of handy things to grab for your little ones as they get ready for the first day of school.


1. Animal Pals Pencil Case
My daughter has dozens of pencils, markers, and crayons and loves to bring a few along in the car. Whether your children need one for school, or if they're on the go and want to color in the car or plane, have them bring their drawing and coloring tools along in one of these super cute pencil cases. I love the yellow zebra one, available on Amazon at Cool Pencil Case - Animal Pals Pencil Case- Zebra. It's currently only $4.49 with free shipping.


2. Elmer's Washable No-Run School Glue
Chances are gel glue is on the school supply list. Our school requested gel glue, but it's actually hard to find in my town. So, I order Elmer's Washable No-Run School Glue, 5 oz Bottle, Clear (E305) from Amazon.

The clear glue doesn't leave those white globs when dry and can be used for some interesting art projects. With my kindergarten class, I had the kids use the glue to draw the outline of a picture on dark paper and then they colored inside with oil pastels and cut out their pictures around the glue line. Get a few extra for home!

3. Crayola Ultra-Clean Washable Markers
When it's time to order back-to-school supplies, I always look for Crayola brand markers because in my experience as an art student, part-time teacher, and mom, the color is brighter, Crayola markers handle abuse better, and they last longer than other brands. Make your child's teacher happy with a pack of Crayola Ultraclean Broadline Classic Washable Markers (10 Count) from Amazon.


4. Yumbox Bento Lunch Box
You can't go wrong with the Yumbox Panino (Lavande Purple) Leakproof Bento Lunch Box Container for Kids and Adults. The dividers indicate which type of food can go in each section, which takes the guesswork out of portion size. I always struggle to know how much protein or grains to include with Penny's lunch, so this will keep me informed so she can enjoy a healthy lunch all year. It's also BPA-free and dishwasher safe.

Penny's excited for the little condiment section in the middle. I usually include a little sauce box but it's a pain to clean and sometimes doesn't come home in her lunch box. Now I can have one box for her entire lunch.

Modern Labels for the sophisticated kid

5. Mabel's Labels Ultimate Back-to-School Combo
You've bought new clothes, stocked up on supplies, and ordered a super cool lunch box. Your kids are sure to lose a few things this year. Label everything so you have a good chance of getting those lost items back. With the Mabel's Labels Ultimate Back-To-School Combo, you get 108 customized, waterproof labels and tags, perfect for coats, shoes, gloves, lunch boxes, backpacks, and school supplies, for just $42! And the best part, you get free shipping at Mabel's Labels.

I've used other labels for Penny's school gear, but what I love about Mabel's Labels is all the customization options. Penny picks the theme and font. I pick the label package based on how much we need.


6. Fiskars Blunt Tip Scissors
Kids learn to be more independent with scissors in kindergarten. Start your younger ones off right with blunt tip scissors until they are ready for longer, pointed ones. Though they are offered in several colors, I love the bright, cheerful pink ones: Fiskars Blunt Tip Kids Scissors, 5-Inch, Pink.


7. Kids Konserve Waste-Free Lunch Kit
We're asked to be as conservative with waste as possible when packing school lunch. Avoiding plastic and paper bags is easy with the  Kids Konserve Caterpillar Go Wild Waste-Free Lunch Kit. It comes with the cotton bag and cloth napkin, plus a drink bottle, and stainless steel food containers. There's even a sandwich wrap.

Some Amazon reviews commented that the sandwich wrap isn't sealed, so if you are concerned about the bag getting jostled around before lunch, it would be super easy to add a velcro strip to keep the end closed.

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