Back To School: The Essential Guide

Back To School: The Essential Guide

August here which means it’s time to start preparing for the back to school season coming up!

Whether you’re sending the kids back to the books or helping the little ones begin their first big step through the school gates, back to school season is super stressful for any parent and child.

So we thought we’d make things a bit easier and help you get them back to school with all their essentials and without tears!

Wake ‘em up before they go go back to school…

School kids running in the playground

Unless your child is an early riser, chances are you’ve all been enjoying sleeping a bit later during the Summer season.

July might have been the time where sitting in your PJs til 11am seemed like a good idea but when you’re preparing your child to be in those school gates by 8.45am, the struggle suddenly gets real.

Start their school bedtime routine early in the month by gradually pushing it back half an hour each week. This way it won’t be such a shock to their (or your) systems when it’s time to rise and shine at the crack of dawn to head back to school.

Have a speedy lunch schedule… 

Decorative sandwich with star and smiley face

Food storage like lunch boxes shouldn’t have to be boring, especially with our ace Disney Princess and Mickey Mouse Lunch Boxes. This is especially true if your little one is just starting school, seeing something familiar like their favourite cartoon character can be comforting as well as a great ice breaker to get them making new friends.

Believe it or not, it’s possible to have a healthy packed lunch that’s also quick! All you need is the usual sandwich ingredients and a bit of creativity! Using cookie cutters to make shapes with sandwiches and their ingredients, putting stickers on their sandwich wrapping, and a little handwritten note will give your child something to smile about – especially if they’re finding going back to school a bit too overwhelming.

It’s a quirky twist on the staple sandwich pack up that takes no time at all and really makes a difference to their day.

Make their kit magical 

School children drawing outdoors in art class

Stuck on what to get in the stationery aisle? In bumper art kits you can get all the essentials your new Primary school starter needs as well as a few optional bits and bobs they can leave at home for half term activities.

For starting and heading back to school your child will need:

  • Blue pens
  • Black pens
  • Felt tips
  • Colouring pencils
  • Pencils for writing/drawing
  • Crayons
  • A Ruler
  • Protractor (older Primary age children)
  • A compass
  • Safety scissors
  • An eraser
  • A pencil case to store everything in

Our Disney art sets are a wonderful way to kickstart their school kit! Available in Deluxe and Ultimate, your little one will have their key essentials like colouring pens and felt tips to get them through their studies as well as a few extras (hello glitter glue) to make their home time fun! With characters from Finding Dory and Frozen available, they’re affordable big brand sets that will be a lovely little conversation starter in class to bring your shy little one out of their shell. Once you’ve got their essentials, you can build on their kit for more specific items like a protractor or a compass without breaking the bank!

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