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Our son Xander is off to start school this year, so I was inspired to share some of our favorite things for Back to School! It wasn’t easy to contain myself to just five, but here we go…

1. Teach My Kits

One of the best things for back to school is making sure your child is ready to take on the challenges ahead. Having great tools to give them a head start is a great place to begin. One of my family’s favorite things have been the Teach My educational kits. They have kits starting from baby on up to preschool with supplemental kits to expand. Not only are these kits great for giving kids a jump ahead of their peers, but the tools in each kit can be adapted to enforce lessons learned in school. It’s a win/ win!

You can read my review on the Teach My Preschooler kit here and the Time and Solar System kits here. You can find Teach My at Walmart and Toys’r’Us.

2. Art Smock

Art is a big part of Preschool and Kindergarten classes. Kids at this age are at their most imaginative, and it’s great to truly let them explore that… but it’s also great to not have to worry about them making a mess of their new school clothes! This long-sleeve art smock from Melissa and Doug is a personal favorite of ours. It’s sturdy and has convenient pockets for collecting brushes and spills. The long sleeves are a bonus for those of us in cooler climates where your kids will be wearing long sleeves.

3. A Sturdy Backpack

I had to include this one on the list. Xander is a huge fan of Mickey Mouse, and we had a lot of fun seeking out just the right backpack. We wanted something sturdy enough to survive a young child, roomy enough for a school folder, and cute enough that he’d be proud to carry it. This Mickey Mouse backpack found on Amazon turned out to be all of that and more. It’s made of cloth instead of the plastic and rubber materials that are so popular… and so prone to needing replaced a few months down the road. It has a nice roomy main compartment plus three additional pockets. He has had it six months and even used it for travel… and it still looks like new! (Psst… did I mention it’s also only $15.95?!)

4. Crayola

There is a plethora of school supplies out there, but sometimes the classics are still the best available. These time-tested brands are preferred for a reason… because they’re simply the best! Crayola products write and draw smoother than other brands, they’re kid-friendly, and they’re washable. Xander’s backpack is stuffed to the brim with Crayola crayons, colored pencils, markers, and watercolors. We even found Crayola dry erase markers for the teacher!

5. Cool Pencil Case

If your school is like ours and doesn’t share school supplies at this age, you’ll need something cool to keep all those supplies together. CoolPencilCase.com makes a selection of pencil cases in multiple colors and animal designs to suit kids from Preschool to High School. The cases are roomy with a zippered pocket on the lid great for little things, a divided deep section for larger supplies, and a flap for holding pencils and pens. Make sure to grab one for organizing your own desk supplies, too! 

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