As a long-time educator, I cringe when I see back-to-school sales in July (soon to be followed by Halloween candy at CVS in August!). Most parents, however, anxiously await Labor Day weekend, knowing their kids will be back in school soon. Trying to get excited myself, I scoped out some cool gear this year for elementary school kids. In addition to the standard backpack and lunch box shopping, here are some other fun items I found recently:
We all know kids go through a lot of pencils. If you’d like to send your kids inspirational messages when they’re in school, check out these pencils on Etsy with messages like “You are Awesome,” “Be Yourself,” and “You are Loved.” Here are some others with similar good vibes to get your student through the day.
I’m always on the lookout for cool pencil cases, no matter the season. They’re handy for school, yes, but they’re also perfect for a weekend trip with your kids or an evening out at a restaurant. Here are some unique ones: In the “less likely to lose” category, these monogrammed pencil cases will help your child keep track of their stuff. These are good for kids of all ages. Or if you’re looking for something more basic and inexpensive, Shein makes some roomy ones, and at $8 the price is right.
Gear for the animal lover
Who can’t use a new water bottle? We go through many water bottles in our house. Swell makes all kinds of sturdy designs — and has a lot of animal prints. (Sloth water bottle, anyone?) I also found some interesting elephant paper clips I might buy for my own school office.
Personalized homework folders
Kids seem to need a lot of folders. These are unique, and (wishful thinking) perhaps they’ll help my second grader stay more organized!
Other fun stuff
Funny erasers, because we all make a lot of mistakes!
Erasers for the fast-food lover (and which kid isn’t!).
Elementary student planner — it’s never too late to help your student get organized.
And sometimes we just can’t remember what day of the week it is. How about fun socks — both girls’ and boys’ styles!
Finally, if you don’t have one already — a back-to-school sign. Yay! Time to celebrate!