Whether your little one is off to nursery this September, or getting more and more jealous about their older siblings’ back-to-school supplies, a backpack is an essential item whatever school year you’re in. We’ve taken a look at our favourite backpacks for younger children, and rounded up our favourites here.
With wide and adjustable carrying straps, a chest strap and a bottle holder, this is the perfect little backpack for all your tot’s possessions. Coming in four eye-catching designs, this will definitely stand the test of time. We also love the handy name badge to avoid confusion.
It might be a little too expensive for a school backpack, but we’re sure your little one will love this for years, and that this cute bag will stand the test of time. Made by Kipling, the bag has one main compartment with an interior zipped pocket, and a smaller pocket on the outside. Strong and sturdy, with the iconic gorilla keyring attached, this will definitely stand out in the pile of book bags.
With a two-year warranty, this Cars backpack is bound to last the hustle and bustle of the playground. From the comfortable straps to the reflective details, we love everything about this cute bag for your mini Cars fanatic!
A cute choice for your mini-me, this grown-up looking backpack is perfect for those trying to be more like mummy! Fully lined, water resistant and with a headphone port for when they’re old enough to use them, this is one back-to-school purchase that will be used in years to come.
It doesn’t get cuter than this Shark Face Rucksack from George at Asda. Snap up (see what we did there) a bargain with this £8 bag, complete with 3D teeth, fins and adjustable straps. It also comes with a cute matching hat, for those unexpectedly warm September days.
Of course, this one isn’t just for girls, but Frozen fans are bound to fall in love with this little backpack. With adjustable back straps and a locker loop for hanging the bag up on the cloakroom peg, this glittery backpack is a firm favourite with us. Now, what was the Frozen song again?...
Because foxes are set to be HUGE this Autumn, your tot will be right on trend with this cute backpack from George at Asda. With a drawstring top, adjustable shoulder straps and a cute embroidered fox face detail, complete with 3D ears, this is bound to go down well with your little fashionista.
We fell in love with this range of cute 3D bags the minute we saw them – from butterflies to bunnies, there really is a toddler sized day sacks for every occasion! Ideal for keeping all those snacks and toys nearby, the detachable parental rein and waist strap are also really clever features.
With the clever addition of reins, this mini unicorn backpack is an essential for your little explorer. The unicorn face, complete with a 3D horn is bound to go down well with your toddler and make this a bag they won’t want to take off.
This adorable little satchel is bound to cause a stir in the playground! We love the rainbow strap and the vintage feel to this bag, designed by Jools Oliver for Mothercare.
One that is bound to put a smile on your face, whatever the season, this cute, smiley bee bag definitely has the ‘aww’ factor! We love the 3D elements, and how eye catching this will be for your tot to find.
This cool metallic backpack is definitely one you’ll be wanting to borrow/ won’t mind being seen with on the school run! This eye-catching bag will not only be easy to spot in the playground, it will be a hit for years to come.
Read next: The 16 best packed lunch ideas for toddlers and kids
Now you've got the backpack, lets think lunch with these fun ideas...
Mini energy balls
Who said energy balls had to be just be for those Instagram health bloggers? Packed with goodness, these mini energy balls
by Annabel Karmel are perfect for little tummies. Taking just 20 minutes to prepare, however big the batch might seem at the time, they won’t be around for long.
Packed with oats, flapjacks are a great energy boost to add to your little one’s lunchbox. Why not try making your own (and save money on the shop bought variety)? These superseed flapjacks
are quick and easy to make (and even quicker to disappear!)
A great option for little tummies, get creative with sweet or savory mini muffins for your tot. They’re bound to love these ruby red mini muffins
by the team at Ella’s Kitchen, made from beetroot and feta, or try spinach and cheese for a more classic muffin.
Cranberry and Hazelnut oat cookies
Another healthy alternative to sugary snacks, why not add some homemade cookies to your tot’s lunchbox? These cranberry and hazenut oat cookies
are super easy to make (depending on the nursery school rules, you might want to bake without the hazelnuts). What’s more, why not get your little one in the kitchen with you and bake these at the weekend?
Mini cheese and potato frittatas
Leftovers can work well in your toddler’s lunchbox now and again, especially if it can be served cold. Go for foods such as quiche or frittata as they can be cut into slices and wrapped in a cling film or foil. This mini cheese and potato frittata recipe
is a great option to try for lunch and dinner.
Pesto rice salad
If your toddler loves cheese as much as you do, why not try a cold pesto rice salad
. A good leftover option to make a change from sandwiches, either make your own pesto or add a shop bought variety.
A quick and easy way to make sandwiches more fun, use a cookie cutter
to create cute shapes. Whether it’s a dog or a butterfly, keep your little one guessing and make lunchtime a surprise!
Another leftover favourite, your little one is bound to love these bite sized sweetcorn fritters
. Suitable from six months, they are also a good option if you’re looking for different baby-led weaning ideas.