With a new school year once again upon us, many parents – including yourselves! – are gearing up to equip their preschool-age kids for their first year of school. How exciting!
At Top-10-Store, we’ve earned a reputation of curating the best products for kids that are value-focused, durable, and easy to use. Today we’ve put together our list of back to school supplies (or should we say, going to school supplies) for your preschooler. To keep things handy, we’ve made sure everything is available from Amazon so you can click, set, and forget!
Our List: Informed by Parents
We didn’t just select random products. Instead, we look at preschool supply lists given to parents and picked out the items your child will need. Where appropriate, we’ve included options perfect for girls and boys.
Updated: July 31th, 2017
1. Girls Backpack – Paw Patrol Skye & Everest (With Lunch Bag!), 16”
2. Boys Backpack – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 16” Bag
3. Crayons – Mr. Sketch Scented Gel Crayons
4. Crayons – Classic Crayola (24-Count)
5. Markers – Crayola Back to School Bundle
6. Safety Scissors – Fiskars 5” 3-Pack
7. Ruler – eBoot 6” Transparent
8. Keeping Clean – Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer (3-Pack)
9. Girls Storage Case – ZIPIT “Lashes” Pencil Case
10. Boys Storage Case – ZIPIT “Beast Box” Pencil Case
Top 10 Preschool Supplies for Boys & Girls
This 100% polyester bag, made for your little girl from the kid-lovers at Nickelodeon, is perfect for preschoolers. Coming with an included detachable lunch bag, this backpack is loaded with compartments that can be filled to the brim with all of their school stuff!
We love that it is safely hand washable, durable, and perfectly sized for kids under age 5. The pink and purple colors looks great, even after a couple of years of use, and who doesn’t love Skye and Everest?
The best part? The detachable lunch bag that is included easily straps to the bag, leaving space inside the bag for notepads and other supplies. Awesome!
This rough and tumble bag is perfect for any bombastic boy. Yes, TMNT is still a thing that kids love, and yes, your little guy will love this one!
Featuring high-def imagery of Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo, this bag packs some serious swag. Made from 100% polyester and designed to be hand-washed (preferably by mom or dad), this bag has got attitude to spare.
Bonus: add-on this inexpensive matching lunch-bag for the complete kit! The bag itself rings un under $20, and the matching pack and lunchbag combo comes in a hair under $30. Can’t beat that!
Okay, okay- these aren’t the traditional scented Mr. Sketch markers that I remember from being a kid, but that’s okay. These are even better!
The bullet tip makes it easy for your child to create fine lines, or flat strokes while coloring. Super easy to use and fun to play with, their colors are bright, vibrant, and tons of fun! Let’s not forget the best part: they smell amazing… way better than the old scented markers from yesteryear.
Kids love them, and you will too!
Right, so as much as I’d love to find some new and hip crayon that will blow you (and your child’s) mind, there’s no outdoing these classics from Crayon-legend Crayola.
What’s better than a 24-pack of crayons that are easy to write with, fun to color with, and non-toxic (in case they get hungry)? How about 6 packs of them (for a total of 144 crayons). We all know that kids love to color liberally, and that sometimes crayons go missing. No problem- with this ultra-affordable bundle, you’re stoked up… booya!
As a bonus, these Crayola’s are double-wrapped, meaning that they’re much stronger than the crayons we used to use back when we were kids.
I was about to drop a recommendation for the classic Mr. Sketch scented markers, but then I saw this kit and thought to myself “hey, that’s a great deal”, so here we are. And great deal it is!
This affordable bundle ships out for just $15 and includes free next-day delivery for Amazon Prime members when you place an order totalling $35 or more. Included in the bundle are 2 boxes of crayons, pre-sharpened colored pencils, thick markers (broad-line, they’re called) for coloring, and thin markers (fine-line) for fancy detail work.
In total, this kit includes 48 crayons and 32 markers– awesome!
Cutting construction paper for arts and crafts is sure a lot easier when you’ve got a quality pair of scissors to do it with! Your child will love these Fiskars, which are great for snipping away at construction paper while being blunted at the tips to avoid accidental injuries.
These scissors are great for snipping while being easy to use. Their handles are uniformly designed – perfect for both right handed and left handed kids – and they are sharp enough to get the job done without you having to worry too much about a sliced finger.
I think this parent-sourced child review says it best:
“I used these scissor for cutting lots of paper. These scissor are very easy to use. They are very soft on my hands and not sharp on the end. We have 3 scissors so I don’t have to share with my sisters. They are easy to find and they have cute bright colors. I use them a lot to cut heart and shapes and stars. I use them sometimes to cut tag of my cloths and they cut through very easy. Price is good so my mom can get more. I really love this scissors”
First things first: not all rulers are made equally. It’s all too easy to order up a set only to find them made from flimsy plastic that warps in the sun or breaks the first time your child uses them. How frustrating is that?
These eBoot rulers are made for kids, using quality plastic that has some flex but not too much to be a problem. Plus, their transparent plastic makes it easy for your kids to see the paper underneath while they write, draw, or measure. Unlike other affordable rulers, these ones come with smooth sides to ensure that your kids won’t accidentally snag their clothes or cut their fingers. Awesome!
These rules feature both inches and centimeters, so your child is good to go no matter what they need to know.
Hand sanitizer for school? Are they serious? Yes, I’m totally serious!
The place your child is most likely to get sick is at school, and once your child is sick, you’re at risk too. Conditions like pink eye can be a real hazard, and there’s no faster way to diminish educational excitement than for your little one to come home sick. Ick!
I picked this brand of sanitizer because it’s alcohol free, fragrance free, and non-allergenic while still killing up to 99.9% of germs (when used properly). Take a few minutes to teach your little one the importance of being clean. By using this hand sanitizer – especially after sharing toys – you can reduce the chances of them getting sick.
This was a hard one to pick since I know how tough kids are on their supplies. Keeping them organized is the first-step in keeping them safe. How do we do that best? With a protective box, like this swanky hard shell box from ZIPIT.
The hard shell exterior is tough and designed to withstand backpack abuse and desk shenanigans, while the polyester inside is soft and keeps pencils, crayons, scissors, and other supplies safely stored away.
This model zips up snug and features a cool design that your little girl is sure to love. Quick note: the lashes may wash away if not washed properly, so be gentle when washing!
Unleash the beast! This snazzy and stylish pencil/storage case packs the same features we like about “Lashes” (above): a tough hard shell exterior, soft polyester interior, and a cool design that boys love. This unit will help your little boy be a little monster without getting into trouble!
Note: at just over 8” long, you’ll want to make sure you grab supplies that fit. Most scissors, pencils, markers, etc. will, but you might run into problems with rulers (unless you grab our recommended rulers above).
Also note: this unit comes with a lifetime warranty against manufacturer’s defects. While the warranty won’t cover you if your child decides to see just how far he can toss it, you can feel confident knowing that ZIPIT’s got your back against defects.