The end of the summer break is fast approaching, and soon, those carefree mornings will be replaced by the familiar routine of getting ready for school.
To help smooth the transition back to the classroom, we've compiled a checklist of affordable and essential school supplies to help you and the kids get organised for a successful year of learning and play.
Consider your child's school's official stationery list for 2024 as a starting point. Our advice? You don't need to buy from their recommended supplier, and if you're looking to avoid the in-store crowds, shopping online is your best bet.
Then, see what extras you need, from lunch boxes to backpacks. If your child has grown out of their shoes, now is the perfect time to invest in a new pair.
From must-have school stationery to useful organisational tools, consult our ultimate school supplies guide below.
After an online bargain? We recommend ordering essential items like Warwick exercise books, coloured pencils, pens and other school suppliers from a retailer like Paper Plus, which is currently having a school essentials sale.
Your child will also love getting organised for term one with the pencil cases available at Typo. There's the Arlow pencil case, which features an easy-to-access zipper, an inside pocket and functional compartments.
Alternatively, the Florence pencil case comes in five different colours and is large enough to pack everything from snacks to headphone cases.
There's a great selection of kid's backpacks in fun colours and patterns that suit their personal style.
Our favourite place to shop for school backpacks is Cotton On. It stocks official Disney styles alongside fun patterns and pretty floral designs. Remember to check out the matching lunch boxes here!
Frank Green bottles are trending and for a good reason. The durable bottle's triple-wall vacuum insulation keeps water cool all day long.
Even better, your child will have fun customising their drink bottle via Frank Green's website, which offers mix-and-match colours and personalised monogramming.
For a affordable drink bottle alternative, check out Typo's fabulous and vibrant range here.
For those wondering which pair of school shoes is best in NZ, it all comes down to your child's school uniform. Do they wear leather shoes, sandals, or sneakers depending on the day's activities?
The Athlete's Foot offers a great selection of Clarks branded leather school shoes. They're well-built, smart-looking shoes with comfortable insoles, so they'll endure all that running around.
When sourcing a suitable school laptop or device, it all comes down to what your child's school recommends for class time (whether a laptop or tablet) and how often your child will use it after school to complete homework.
Consider specifications like size, weight, battery life, CPU, screen resolution and storage. Can the device be easily transported in a backpack? Would a 2-in-1 laptop and tablet work best for both schoolwork and entertainment?
The Microsoft Surface Laptop 5 is a popular choice for school. It's significantly lightweight, preloaded with Windows 11, and features an interactive touchscreen for ease of use. SHOP IT HERE.
There's also the Dell Inspiron 14 2-in-one Laptop for the convenience of both a laptop and tablet set-up. The smooth-running device boasts a crisp display that reduces exposure to blue light. SHOP IT HERE.
As the after-school activities ramp up, keep the whole family organised with an easy-to-view wall organiser.
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