The Must-Have Preschool Supplies List For Your Mini Scholar
Back-to-school season has arrived, and if your child is entering preschool this year, they probably have a long list of supplies they are going to need to start the year off right. We personally love the thrill of stocking a brand-new backpack with a matching lunchbox, a box of crayons, and some freshly sharpened pencils. But we know that shopping for school supplies can be pretty overwhelming, too. And it's easy to go overboard with all of the recent back-to-school sales. That's why we've put together this list of must-have school supplies for your little scholar.
So whether you're looking for a good backpack for preschool or the best set of crayons, this list has everything you need and a few items in there for the classroom, too. Trust us, this comprehensive preschool supplies list will earn you an A+ from your child's preschool teacher and ensure your child is ready for everything — from art projects to snack time (and the messes that come along with both).
A Vibrant Backpack
This 12-inch pack will be just the right size for your preschooler — not too big, but still roomy enough for necessary school supplies and snacks. It's designed with several zippered compartments and features a name tag inside and front pocket reflective piping for easy identification. There's also a food-safe front compartment and a side mesh pocket for their travel cup or water bottle.
Welly Bravery Badges ($8)
Boo-boos happen. When your child is at school and you aren't around to kiss the pain away, these bandages can step in with their colorful animal prints to make your child feel better.
A Comfortable Shoe
Ten Little Everyday High Top ($35, originally $46)
These high-top sneakers are lightweight, comfortable, and designed to fit a child's natural foot development. They're made out of vegan leather and a 100 percent cotton lining, so they're a sustainable alternative to other shoes. They also come with a pack of sneaker stickers that kids can use to add some personal flair to their shoes.
A Dependable Water Bottle
There's plenty of kid-friendly water bottles out there, but CamelBack bottles consistently come out on top. This one for kids is spill-proof, simple for kids to use, and easy for parents to clean.
Crayola Jumbo Washable Crayons ($11 for 3 packs)
Crayons are a must for preschool. These come in a larger size that are easier for your preschooler to grip, and they clean up easily if your child accidentally colors on the table instead of their paper.
Reusable Food Bags
Stasher Reusable Food Bags ($12, originally $13) come in a variety of sizes and colors, and they will literally last the entire school year. Made from 100 percent silicone, they are dishwasher and microwave safe, and easy for little hands to seal.
A Stackable Snack Pack
Baby Yoda Stackable Snack Pack ($16) If your child is always snacking, this stackable cups will hold everything they need for a day at school. The three containers come with a removable handle and use a Twist 'n' Lock system to fend off spills.
A Waterproof Bag For Extra Clothes
Whether it's an arts and crafts accident or a didn't-get-to-the-bathroom-fast-enough accident, your child's teacher will appreciate having an extra set of clothes on hand. Store them in this waterproof bag, so you have a safe, stink-proof spot to store the dirty clothes, too.
A Pencil Just For Them
Ticonderoga My First Pencils Set ($6, originally $8)
Perfect for little hands, these pencils have a larger diameter than traditional ones and come pre-sharpened.
An Encouraging Book
Princess Power ($15) This book channels the kind, courageous, and creative attributes of popular Disney princesses to ease the worries of kids who may be nervous about their first day of preschool. The lessons in this picture book will prepare kids to take on the challenges of starting school and discover their own power.
Washable Glue Sticks
Elmer's Glue Sticks ($3 for 12, originally $13) The disappearing purple formula spreads on purple and dries clear, so kids can see what they're doing without making a big, gluey mess. Plus, these glue sticks are strong, easy to hold, and (most importantly) washable.
Pre-School Training Scissors
Designed for kids ages 3 and up, these training scissors come equipped with blunt safety blades and a training lever that opens the blades after each cut, so kids can learn proper cutting technique.