Back to school sure looks a bit different this year. 2020 you aren’t messing around! Today I’m rounding up the school related items (beyond regular school supplies) that I stocked up on this year. Right now, our district is offering a hybrid program where students are in school face to face two days a week and at home the other three days. And the plan has already changed twice, so who even knows what we will be doing in the next few weeks! Needless to say, all of these items can be put to good use at home or at school!
1. Backpacks. These are my very favorite backpacks for kids! I order the size “large” and they are great for all grades of elementary school. And they hold up so well! Hudson plans to use the same backpack for 2nd grade that we bought back when he started kindergarten! Sadie picked out a cute one for this year….fingers crossed she gets to use it!
2. Yumbox Bento Box. These are my favorite for little kids! They fit inside our favorite lunchbox (number 5 on this list!) and are easy for little hands to open. My kids eat best when they have lots of choices, so I love all of the little compartments for food. You can find the blue version here.
3. Kid Sized Masks. These are my kid’s favorite masks (2020, you are so weird!) and they fit my 2nd grader perfectly. And come in lots of fun prints! For my kindergartner, I just tied a small knot in the ear loop to make it just a little bit smaller and it is perfect. We like that they have a piece of wire sewn in on the top so they can be molded to fit little noses (FYI: these are great if your child wears glasses!). They also have a pocket for a filter.
4. Mask Lanyards. File this under something I never thought I would have to buy. If my kids go to school they have to wear a mask while indoors. They will be spending a bunch of time outside and I think these will come in handy for those mask breaks and maybe will help my kids not drop or lose their masks.
5. Lunchbox. I love these lunchboxes so much! They come in lots of prints and you can get one that matches or coordinates with your backpack (number 1 on my list).
6. Hand Sanitizer Holder. These are so great! I plan to clip one on to my kid’s backpacks. They come with small empty bottles so you can fill them up with your own hand sanitizer.
7. Thieves Hand Sanitizer. Speaking of hand sanitizer, this one is our FAVORITE! It smells SO good and is free of toxic ingredients. Everyone who uses this loves it.
8. Sunblock Stick. Since my kids will be spending a lot of their school day outside, they will need to re-apply sunscreen during the day. I’ve found that these sticks are the easiest for little hands to use and apply.
9. Notebook. I couldn’t resist this pretty notebook for Sadie. Plus it’s wide ruled!
10. Rolling Cart. I have one of these for our art supplies and just added another to hold our at home learning supplies. Each kid has their own tier and I plan to stock this cart with pencils, markers, paper, workbooks etc. And they can roll it around the house if needed!
11. Headphones. My kids need a pair of headphones for in the classroom AND for learning at home. We’ve had these for a year now and they work great and fit really well. Plus they come in a ton of colors.
12. Pencil Pouch. Since kids won’t be sharing supplies this year, this pencil pouch is a must! I kind of want it for myself.
13. Personalized Learning Workbooks. These are my most favorite find! Munchkin Lane has this amazing subscription service for personalized workbooks. Each month they will send you a new book for your child to work on during each school day. It includes age appropriate activities, letter and number practice, name practice, and so much more. They offer Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten levels. We’ve decided to homeschool Belle, our three year old, and this is the material I plan to use! Use code “Redshoes” for 20% off your order.
14. Y-Weave Basket. I LOVE these baskets and have them all throughout my house. I grabbed this size to organize any workbooks, coloring books, or extra supplies my kids might have for school.
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