Time goes so quickly, its already almost time to go back to school! That means its time to start preparing mentally for the school year ahead. It also means its time to do some serious shopping. There are always so many essential items that are required for school. Here are some of the essential must haves every child wants and needs for the year ahead.
A Decent Rucksack
A strong bag really is essential. There are so many items that children must take to and from school. You want to make sure the bag will hold everything it needs to, whilst ensuring it is strong enough to stand the test of term time. The last thing you want is to have to replace a bag after a couple of weeks as it simply wasnt up to the demands of the job.
Backpacks are a great choice to make as they help to distribute the weight of the items evenly, protecting your little ones back at all times.
The Gym Bag
Another essential item is the gym bag â€“ never to be confused or double-booked as a rucksack! Your child isnt going to want their trainers or sweaty clothes in with their school books and lunch. A gym bag needs to be big enough to hold trainers and the kit that is being used all year round. Its better to buy for the sport that uses the most equipment (such as football or hockey). That way youll be certain that the gym bag you choose will be suitable for each sport.
The School Uniform
School uniform shopping can be an expensive business, especially when your child starts at a new school. Before buying uniform, you should read the rules on uniform that is supplied by your childs school. Many schools have very strict rules on uniform, even when it comes to the style of coats and bags that are used. Check the rules to avoid having to replace items as soon as school starts.
A Swim Towel
Do you want your lovely towel dragging along the floor in a rather unpleasant smelling swimming pool changing room? Probably not. Treat your child to a towel of their own that can be used just for their swimming classes. They will be happy to pick out a towel that meets with their personal tastes and you can keep your soft bath sheet for pamper nights at home.
Notebooks and Organisers
A great way to encourage a child to be organised is to provide them with a few simple tools. A notebook or an organiser really can work wonders when it comes to inspiring organisation. Writing lists, creating schedules, these are all useful skills that can be fun too. A stylish notebook really can make all the difference, especially if you can find one thats personalised towards your child!
Dont Forget the Stationary!
Finally, you will need to supply some good quality stationary. Many schools now provide stationary at primary school, but its still necessary to buy some for the home. Children will have home work to do, but many also love to practice and use their new skills during downtime at home too. A good selection of pens and pencils really is a must. Dont forget to pick up a new pencil case while youre at it!
Do you have all these essentials ticked off your back to school must have list? Its not too late to get organised and stock up on school equipment for the year ahead.
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