Best preschool supplies
Most preschools have you covered when it comes to supplies like crayons and paints and art materials and such. (If not, they’ll likely let you know what you need to supply.)
But if your budget allows, it’s fun to send them off on the first day of preschool with a few new big-boy or big-girl treasures as well. Remember how excited you were when you went to school with a new pencil-box as a kid? Yeah, us too.
A lunch box: Whether your kid’s into some licensed character and would get really excited about carrying said character around on a lunch box, or whether you’re allergic to such blatant forms of commercial branding and would prefer something cute but generic, there are lots of lunch-carrying options available to you. Insulated, soft-side or hard, the lunch box you select should be free of lead, phthalates, PVC and BPA. Crocodile Creek makes cute ones, and ReusableBags.com has pretty stylish options as well. And if you or your kid likes organization, the bento boxes and carriers from Laptop Lunches are something to consider.
A water bottle: If the water bottle your kid’s been toting around for years now is looking a bit sad and dented, it might be nice to start the school year with a fresh one. A few BPA-free alternatives to the ubiquitous SIGG bottles (yes, we’re still mad at them from the BPA mess too) include the CamelBak Kids Bottle, the Kid Kanteen Classic and the EarthLust Eco-Friendly Bottle.
A backpack: OK, your kid won’t really need one of these yet, since he won’t have homework for at least a couple of years, but so what? You can get in the school spirit – and maybe he’ll carry his own blanket for naptime to and from school on laundry day.
A blanket for naptime: Your kids’ school will tell you what he needs to bring for naptime: a light sheet or blanket, maybe a small stuffed animal for comfort. Pick something from home that he’ll find soothing to have on hand or select something new together.
Appropriate clothing: School can get messy, so make sure to dress your kid in comfortable, washable clothing. It can also get active, so send him in shoes that are easy for him to run around and climb and play in. Try also for ones he can put on and take off himself; the teacher will thank you for it. And because your child may just be getting the hang of using the bathroom on his or her own, pants or tights that are easy-on/easy-off are a good idea