In a little over a week, I will have a kindergartener! What?! I still can’t believe it. I actually think I’m still a little bit in denial.
We got his bus schedule, his teacher assignment, and his school supply list. We also get to go meet his teacher the day before, and they get their school pictures taken that day. It seemed a little strange to me at first, but is a really good idea. Then, I won’t have the chance to forget about it, and send him in some crazy outfit with goofy hair.
We’ve done a little Back-to-school shopping, but we still haven’t finished his list. There are a lot of things a kindergartener needs for class. Who knew?
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Once you’re over on Amazon, did you know they have an awesome tool to help you finish your school supply shopping? All you need to do is enter your school name in the box, then they will take you to your required items. Hopefully, your school is in there. Mine was! Super cool! Just click the picture below to find out.
In addition to all the supplies on our school list, I’ve come up with some other essentials that we’re going to need to have a great year in kindergarten. Some of these products are also on our list, but I thought they were so cute and essential that I’d share them with you.
Here is our list of Must Haves for Kindergarten:
Must Have #1 A great Back Pack and lunch box
When I was in Kindergarten, I honestly don’t remember taking a back pack. We also had no need for a lunch box because it was only a half-day. Now, the kiddos are in school all day, plus they do a lot more school work. A back pack is a requirement, and the lunch box is a must have for both snack time and lunch.
Since my son is still pretty little, I don’t want him to have a huge back pack that is going to hurt his back. That’s why I love Skip hop. Not only is everything adorable, but they make the back packs “kid” size. We chose a matching monkey back pack and lunch bag.
I included the other sets because they are just sooooo cute. Just click on any of the pictures to be taken to these sets.
My son used one of the backpacks this year for preschool, and it was great. It went through a lot of wear and tear and still looks almost brand new.
In addition to a back pack and lunch box, you may also want reusable snack bags to keep inside. These from ChicoBag are really nice. They are made from food-safe materials and are tested to be BPA, phthalate, PVC, and lead free. Plus, you can wash them in the dishwasher. Sold!
If these backpacks aren’t your thing, not to worry. Amazon has a ton of other great back packs and lunch bags. Just click below.
Must Have #2 A Cozy Nap Mat
A nap mat is also a requirement for our kindergartener, but I think I may get some for the twins too. They are getting to the point where nap time is a struggle. These mats can be brought into the living room for quiet time, if a nap isn’t in the cards.
Must have #3 A cool water bottle that doesn’t leak
I don’t want to send drink/juice boxes to school everyday. My son doesn’t need that much sugar, so we needed to find a water bottle he could take. You know that I love the Zak Brand, so when we found this Minion one, it was perfect.
We’re also love all things Star Wars over here (and it might be the theme of someone’s upcoming birthday party…) Plus, the Hello Kitty one is for me.
Must have #4 New Shoes and Clothes
My favorite thing about heading back to school when I was a kid was shopping with my Mom. I always got to pick out my own outfits, and it was just so much fun.
Unfortunately, my son is not so excited to go clothes shopping. Luckily, he doesn’t even have to set foot inside a store. Amazon has some great deals going on in their Boy’s clothing department, and 20% off select Kids shoes. Hooray! You can click on either picture and finish your clothes shopping right away.
Must have #5 Good and healthy food for Breakfast, snacks and lunches
Again, with school going all day long, I need to fuel up my son before he leaves, pack him a healthy snack, and a healthy lunch. Amazon is making it super easy to get up to 25% off great brands like Annie’s Organics, Larabar, Bear Naked, and Quaker.
Of course I need to get fresh fruit and vegetables at the market, but this will save me tons of time and money.
I hope some of my “Must Haves” helped you complete your Back-to-School shopping. I also hope all your little ones have a great first day and wonderful school year!