16 fun back to school bags, bits and bobs!
Whether it’s your little one’s first day in Reception class, or they are heading back after the summer break, we’ve rounded up some of the best school gear in the shops to make that transition from summer fun to school days as smooth as possible. From new pencil cases, to coats and notebooks, make that back to school journey an easy one with our product gallery.
Your little ones won’t mind the first day back when they’re got a cool new backpack to tote. Treat them to new kit for the new term and maybe – just maybe – it won’t be so hard to say your goodbyes at the gate…
We love these retro drawstring bags for their cute cartoon characters and complete lack of bells and whistles. Soft, spacious and oh-so-simple. Perfect for little hands to manage too: no fiddly zips.
We love these personalised notebooks, available in Moleskine and Leuchtturm covers, with your choice of name or phrase embossed on the front. Although we suspect this might be more of a pressie for mum or dad than your little ones...
Monsterosity pencil cases (£6 each, paperchase.co.uk)
This dinosaur range from Paperchase has everything from notebooks to backpacks and lunchboxes but these pencil cases are a steal at just £6 each. Stuff them full of crayons and they’ll work for school, home and travel.
Miffy water bottle and lunchbox (£9 and £8, miffyshop.co.uk)
Everyone’s favourite bunny stars on this oh-so-cute water bottle and matching lunchbox - we also have a craving for strawberries after choosing these for our little one‘s rucksack.
Glitter notebooks (£4.99 each, newlook.co.uk)
Fruit plus glitter: who could resist? You’ll be fighting the kids for these fun notebooks (they’re the ideal size for shopping and to-do lists).
Finding Dory bag (£5, tesco.com)
Florence + Fred has an adorable Finding Dory collection for the autumn term, and this bag is roomy enough to fit a change of clothes, lunch and a toy.
Ponytail bands (£2.50 per set of 16, £2.50, tesco.com)
Where DO all those ponytail ties go? Is there a multicoloured mountain of them somewhere, waiting patiently to be collected? Buy in bulk is our advice: these sets from Tesco should see little one through the first term.
Peppa pig rucksack and Captain America rucksack and lunchbox (£8 and £10, direct.asda.com)
There’s something sturdy about these backpacks which will come in handy when they get dragged around the playground and tossed in the car boot. The Captain America bag has a detachable lunchbox too.
Perfect for the school run and weekend walks as well. Specially designed to fit little hands, this brolly will bring a bit of cheer to rainy days.
Because who doesn’t love a unicorn? This super-pretty range of stationery is ideal for even the littlest pupils, with pencil tins, glittery notepads and plenty of pink…
Purr Maids water bottle (£6.50, paperchase.co.uk)
Fill with water, juice or squash and you can send them off safe in the knowledge that they’ll have no need to sneak a nasty fizzy drink. Fingers crossed.
Packs of knee socks (£4.50, mandco.com)
Too sweet. These knee socks come in packs of threes and a range colours, at a bargainous £4.50 from M&Co.
These traditional rulers get a fun update with tiny animal heads on the top: take your pick from kangaroo, lion, crocodile, tiger, hedgehog and more. Or why not start a collection?
MadPax Bubble backpack (£60, cuckooland.com)
Hmm, at that price it’s better as a gift from the grandparents, maybe. But so worth it. This bubble backpack has real wow factor, plus it’s top quality and roomy enough to take on trips and sleepovers.
Not as spacious or squishy as a backpack, but the vintage good looks of a satchel never go out of style. With adjustable straps these lovely ones from Mothercare will put in hard work for years to come.
Bobo animal backpacks with detachable reins (£19.95, amazon.com)
Designed for nursery-age children, these delightfully soft furry backpacks come with detachable reins so you can keep your toddler safe in busy places. A cuddly toy, bag and safety measure all in one. Genius!
Owls, sharks, dinosaurs and unicorns make up this family of backpacks from Zoochini, all with 3D features, mesh water bottle holders, multiple pockets, adjustable straps and name tags.
Choc on Choc stationery set (£30, choconchoc.co.uk)
OK, so this is one more for mums - a school stationery set made completely from solid chocolate. We love this and we’re sure you will too...!