I cannot believe my first baby will be heading off to Kindergarten this year! I have a five year old? I’m in total disbelief. Miss V on the other hand is so ready for Kindergarten. She’s been writing notes for her teacher and putting them into her back pack all week. The cutest. This is a list of our top five kindergarten must-haves! Read on if you’re getting ready for back to school and needs some tried and tested products!
Kindergarten Back to School List
You’ll see a lot of information about what is the best backpack that you’ll get the most life out of. If this is your goal, I’ve seen many recommendations for Mec backpacks. While I appreciate the need to waste less and re-use more, I also kinda think that picking out your back pack is almost like a back-to-school right of sorts. I still remember going on shopping trips with my Mom and sister and picking out our supplies. It’s genius (not to mention efficient!) that most schools now do this in bulk for a small school fee, so we are hanging on to the backpack selection for now. Vienna was over the moon picking out her Kindergarten back pack. She chose this adorable back pack, lunch bag duo. I may have strategically avoided the sequin section.
School Tip: Choose a back pack that is big enough for the large library books, art work, etc. to come home and has at least two pockets. Our kids have a “brain break” snack in the morning, and if their lunch is all packed together they can’t always distinguish between lunch and snack at Kindergarten age. Keep it simple and pack their snack separately so they can find it easily.
We are using these Mabel’s Label’s to keep track of our girls’ things. I love how they are dishwasher safe and contain different size options– perfect for labeling everything from shoes and clothing to lunch containers!
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Choose shoes that your child can easily get on and off on their own. We love Toms– the Velcro is easy for little ones and they look super cute with dresses too 😉 We also love Toms’ mission to give back to communities and people in need.
We have tried every water bottle on the planet. Can any Moms relate? Our favourites are: Sip n Swell– the larger base prevents spills, and the attached lid prevents me from losing my mind in the morning hunting for a lid. I also love that I can rinse these with boiling water to sanitize them. We also love this Pottery Barn thermos, which is simple for kids to use, dishwasher safe, and super cute!
Not surprisingly, we have tried all the lunch kits too. There’s nothing worse then a lid that won’t shut properly, the snaps break off, or is too hard for your kids to open. We love the Yum Box– seals like a dream and it’s easy to use. We like the Panino version best- perfect for including a sandwich and a few smaller snack items. If you are local, pick these up at Scallywags in Kelowna! We also love the Bentago, we purchased the tray with extra lid rather than the full box and it is much more affordable, lighter to pack, and works equally great! For little ones going to preschool who only require a snack, I like these simple, deeper lunch boxes that I can fit a yogurt, spoon and some small snacks into.
If you’re a fellow first time Kindergarten Mama like me, stay tuned for an interview with a Kindergarten teacher coming up next week! This big steps seems hard on the Mama heart, but I know that my girl will love it so much. Happy back to school! xo