Going back-to-school shopping should be fun for students and adults alike, and there’s nothing quite like a backpack stuffed full of fun and fresh supplies to get your little learners excited to head back to the classroom.
Here’s our list of 30 must-have supplies your elementary or middle school scholars need to make back-to-school more fun.
Patterned Spiral NotebooksAmazonBasics College Ruled Wirebound Spiral Notebook
Surrounding your student with color can spark creativity and imaginatio, and even the most basic school supplies can be brought to life with a little color. These patterned spiral notebooks can help make learning fun for your middle school student. Amazon also offers wide-ruled notebooks for younger students.
Big Capacity Pencil CaseEASTHILL Big Capacity Pencil Pen Case
Help your student keep note cards, pens, pencils and a variety of other small supplies and necessities organized in a large capacity zipper pencil bag. The EASTHILL pencil pouch comes in a variety of colors and patterns and is geared toward middle school, high school and college-aged girls.
Fine Tip Pens for Bullet JournalingJournal Planner Pens
Bullet journaling is the latest trend in personal organization and provides a flexible planning and time management tool for students. A set of colorful fine tip pens is a must-have for any student with a bullet journal or other personal planner.
Ergonomic Pencil GripsThe Pencil Grip Crossover Grip
Learning to write can be a challenge for preschool and elementary-aged children. The Crossover Grip was designed by doctors, tested by kids and approved by parents to help children learn to hold pens and pencils ergonomically while writing or drawing. They are a fantastic aid for handwriting development.
Freezable Lunch BoxPackIt Freezable Classic Lunch Box
Freezable gel built into the walls of this lunch box means that lunch stays cold without the need for extra gel packs or ice packs. The PackIt Freezable Lunch Box collapses flat for storage in the freezer. Just pop the empty bag into the freezer overnight (at least 12 hours), and pull it out in the morning to keep food the perfect temp until lunch time.
LED Stick-Anywhere Locker LightURPOWER Motion Sensor Closet Light
Homework, school supplies and must-have essentials can no longer sink into the dark abyss of your students’ school locker when it's equipped with a bright LED locker light. These battery-powered, space-saving and motion-sensing locker lights illuminate the entire locker and automatically turn on when the locker is opened and off after 15 to 30 seconds of inactivity.
Cute and Colorful Washi Tape SetCute Washi Tape Set with 3 sizes
Washi tape is an easy, inexpensive way to liven up lockers, school planners, books and more. This thin, decorative paper masking tape is made of natural fibers and comes in hundreds of colors and patterns.
Stackable Finger CrayonsGiBot Toddlers Crayons Palm-Grip Crayons
Coloring has never been more fun for little ones! Finger crayons are adorably pint-sized and specially shaped for little hands. These popular finger crayons come in 12 colors. They can be held with a palm grip or put on finger tips for coloring and are non-toxic and completely safe for kids.
Erasable HighlightersPilot FriXion Light Pastel Collection Erasable Highlighters
It happens to everyone — you highlighted too much, or you used the wrong color. Fortunately, erasable highlighters mean these mistakes are no longer a problem, making taking notes and studying even easier.
Inspirational Lunch Box NotesDesigner Lunchbox Notes
Adjusting to spending the day without mom or dad nearby can be a struggle for young students. By slipping a note into your child’s lunch box, you can give your little one a sweet reminder that you’re always near.
Fashion Notebook Binder DividersAvery 5-Tab Plastic Binder Dividers with Pockets
These insertable fashion dividers add a pop of color to a school essential. The big tabs on Avery binder index dividers are larger than the standard divider tabs, so they’re easy to see. The sturdy pockets hold loose papers in place, and the dividers’ assorted designs are fun yet perfectly practical for daily use by students.
Desktop CalculatorHelect Standard Function Desktop Calculator
A calculator is a handy tool every older elementary and middle school student needs. Sure, there are plenty of basic black calculators available, but a sleek, colorful desktop calculator can make math a bit more endurable for any student. (If your student is in middle school, check with their teacher to find out if a graphing calculator is required.)
Waterproof Name LabelsSelf-Laminating, Waterproof, Write-On Name Labels
Parents have a love/hate relationship with name labels, but they’re a necessity if you have any hope of keeping track of school supplies throughout the school year. Durable adhesive backs make these labels long-lasting, and they are even dishwasher safe!
Beast Box Pencil CaseZIPIT Beast Pencil Case/Pencil Box/Storage Box
This playfully-designed pencil box features an adorable friendly beast your little monsters are sure to love. The ZIPIT Beast Box pencil case is lightweight yet durable enough to protect up to 60 pens and pencils, and parents love that it's machine washable and comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer defects.
JanSport SuperBreak BackpackJanSport SuperBreak Backpack
JanSport is an original backpack brand name. For more than 40 years, parents have trusted JanSport for comfortable, durable backpacks to help keep students of all ages organized. The JanSport SuperBreak is the ultimate classic backpack for everyday use.
Washable Book CoversBook Suits Stretchable Jumbo Book Covers
Avoid fees for damaged textbooks and keep books clean and protected with stretchable book covers. As a bonus, these durable book covers made of premium quality material are even washable, so simply toss them in the wash when they start looking dirty.
Hard Graphing Calculator CaseGuerrilla Hard Slide Case-Cover
A graphing calculator isn’t a school essential anyone wants to replace. At more than $130 a pop, it’s worth a little extra to give that calculator another layer of protection. This Guerrilla sliding graphing calculator case fits the TI-84 Plus as well as the TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition and TI-89 Titanium calculators.
Waterproof Wet/Dry BagsAngel Love 2 Pack Wet/Dry Bags
Keep sweaty gym clothes separated from clean clothes with a waterproof wet/dry bag. Each of these Angel Love wet/dry bags contains a leak-free section for dirty or wet clothes or swimsuits and a zippered dry section for clean items.
Clear, Washable GlueElmer’s Liquid School Glue, Clear, Washable
Say goodbye to the white, slimy mess you remember growing up and give kids Elmer’s clear, washable glue instead. Perfect for projects and great for home or school use, this non-runny glue is formulated to go on and dry clear, creating less mess.
Personal Pack Travel TissuesKleenex Trusted Care Facial Tissues
You can never have too many tissues for your school-aged child. Schools are a haven for uncovered coughs and sneezes. Kleenex Trusted Care On-The-Go Packs contain 10 durable, absorbent three-ply facial tissues to lock in moisture, cover sniffles and sneezes and wipe messy faces.
Locker Lock Set Your Own Word CombinationMaster Lock Set Your Own Word Combination Lock
Grabbing a book out of their locker shouldn’t leave students feeling like they’re cracking a secret code. The Master Lock set your own word combination padlock is designed specifically for indoor use with school and gym lockers in mind, and the four-letter word combos provide sufficient security to keep items inside the locker safe.
Magnetic Dry Erase Fridge CalendarFridge Calendar Magnetic Dry Erase
Soccer games, drama practice, play dates, parent-teacher conferences—juggling school year activities for children can be a real headache. Keep everyone on schedule and organized with this dry erase magnetic fridge calendar . At the end of the month, just wipe it down and start fresh so everyone in the family knows what’s coming up in the new month.
Stainless Steel Water BottleS’well Vacuum Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
It’s always tough to get kids to drink enough water, but staying hydrated is trendy with a stylish stainless steel water bottle. Keep cold drinks icy cold and hot drinks hot with a S’well insulated water bottle. The 9oz bottle is the perfect hydration accessory for kids, while adults may want to purchase the 17oz or 25oz size.
Fidget Cube Desk ToyCHUCHIK Fidget Cube Desk Toy
Kids who are stressed, suffer from anxiety, ADHD, sensory-processing disorder or are on the autism spectrum can have difficulty focusing during the school day. The CHUCHIK fidget cube has six unique triggers to keep the hands busy and less distracted in class and is small enough to slip into a pocket.
Volume-limiting HeadphonesLilGadgets Connect+ Premium Volume Limited Wired Headphones
Students can relax and unwind during the to-and-from school commute without blowing out their ear drums with a pair of volume-limiting headphones. Created for kids ages three to seven, the LilGadgets premium headphones are stylish, durable, padded and lightweight.
Twistable Colored PencilsCrayola Twistables Colored Pencils
No pencil sharpener needed! These game-changing colored pencils are perfect for drawing in the classroom, at home or on the go. Crayola’s Twistable Colored Pencils are ideal for drawing fine lines and coloring detailed pictures. Simply twist up to color, and twist down to protect pencil tips when not in use.
Portable Phone ChargerAnker PowerCore 5000 Portable Charger
"My phone was dead" will never be a valid excuse again with the Anker PowerCore portable phone charger. Avoid the stress of calling your child’s phone only to have it go to voicemail with a mini portable charger that’s perfectly sized to juice up an iPhone or Android.
Bento Lunch BoxYumbox Original Leakproof Bento Lunch Box Container
Paper lunch sacks are a thing of the past. Yumbox bento box lunch boxes are divided food containers that allow you to pack a variety of your child’s favorite foods. Dips, crackers, fruit, sandwiches ... The Yumbox lunch box container is colorful, lightweight and kid-friendly.
Academic Daily PlannerDated Student Planner for Academic Year 2019/2020
A daily planner is a must-have for all students once they reach middle school. Choose this dated blocked calendar with individual day spaces for jotting down assignments and monthly calendar views for helping to remember important dates. The resource pages provide a quick reference source for English, math, social studies and geography, and colorful stickers make staying organized fun!
Felt Letter BoardFelt Letter Board Message Sign
Create motivational messages, celebrate milestones, write daily reminders or practice spelling words with this decorative 10-by-10 letter board. It comes with more than 600 characters you can use to write a new message every day to encourage your little learners to be their best.