Back to School Shopping

Features some press samples 

Wow, we are already in August and before you know it, it will be time for the kids to go back to school. Obviously this year is a little different, as they haven’t been in school since the end of March, due to lockdown restrictions. I have been getting everything together over the past week or so, ready for September, and I wanted to share with you the items I have for my older two children, who will be going into years three and five.

School Shoes

If there is one thing that stresses me out when it comes to school shopping, it is finding suitable shoes for the children. I prefer leather shoes, as plastic tend to make their feet sweat more and don’t last as well. Cameron looks so smart in these Oxford school shoes, from George at Asda.

Lunchboxes and Drinks Bottles

I try and get lunchboxes which can be wiped clean and are insulated. Favourite brands include Smash and Polar Gear. This Frozen lunchbox and drinks bottle set is perfect for my daughter, whilst the Football version is grown up and practical enough for my son, whilst still being fun. I love the style of these lunch boxes with the pocket for a drinks bottle. I’m not sure how the drinks bottles will fare, as we have had lots of issues in the past with leaks, but if they aren’t great, we can always replace them with more durable bottles.

Food Jars*

The children have passed the age where the school gives them a snack at break time, so a separate container for some chopped fruit is perfect for them to take along to school with them. These food jars from Kambukka are fantastic – easy to clean, dishwasher safe and 100% leak-proof, whilst keeping food fresh for up to 6 hours, with a built in air vent to avoid any pressure build up.

Backpack*

Cameron is over the moon with this Marton Backpack from Tog24, which is water resistant, with a pocket inside and outside, to help him organise his books for school. The straps are padded and adjustable, which is great for support. Bonus – the backpack is currently reduced to just £18 on the Tog24 website!

Coats*

Also from Tog24, these Duggan Waterproof Jackets are perfect for when the wether turns colder. They come in a variety of colours including these Navy and Rumba red shades. Waterproof and water repellant, the coats are also lightly padded, with insulation to keep them warm even on the chilliest of mornings. I love how many pockets the coats have and the faux fur trimmed hood – I used to have a similar coat as a child, and it was always my favourite.

School Trousers and Shirts

I tend to buy the kids their uniform staples (grey trousers and white school shirts) from Sainsbury’s during their 25% off event, however I don’t think it is happening this summer, due to lower levels of stock, so instead I have bought their uniform from both George at Asda and Sainsbury’s TU Clothing.

Stationery*

I have been a brand ambassador with STABILO UK for a long time now, and I am a big fan of all of their stationery, especially their ranges to help children with their handwriting. They have sent across their Back to School bundles for the children, including the EASYoriginal handwriting rollerball pen, EASYgraph s graphite pencils and sharpener. They also sent over some handwriting notebooks, which will be great for the children to practise in before they go back into the classroom after the extended break.

Snacks*

I struggle to find snacks that the kids like, but are acceptable for school. The selection from Indie Bay Snacks have been hugely popular with the whole family. Cameron’s favourite is the Smokin’ BBQ flavour.

Some items, marked with an asterisk, are press samples, which have been provided for this post. All words and images are my own. 

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