All of the products in this post we have tried, reviewed or already owned. Some of these products I was given in order to conduct my review. As always, all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own.
It has been such a strange summer! This year’s back to school season is even stranger. I know so many families that are sending their kiddos back to school, opting to do online learning and starting their own homeschooling curriculums (I’m starting homeschooling with curriculums I’ve pieced together – pray for us!). I also know that about 99% of my friends (including myself) are second guessing their choices. It’s just a weird season of life. I’m a mixture of very excited and very nervous about starting to homeschool my kiddos. I’m hopeful that once they see that the curriculums I chose match their personalities and that they have lots of fun!
The purpose of our Back to School Gift Guide for Kids is to highlight some practical school related items that your child may need whether they are going back to a brick and mortar school or having school in your home. It’s a short list but full of great ideas. Many of these gift ideas we have personally owned for years and years. Some gifts I have been given the opportunity to try out and review. All of the gift ideas are wonderful!
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Since I’m homeschooling this year I really needed a teacher planner to keep myself on task and make sure we are doing all of our necessary schoolwork each day. This planner is perfect because there is plenty of space for more than one student and there are 9 categories for different subjects. It has a monthly calendar and also weekly calendars. I love that this planner is tabbed so it’s easy to get to each month in the planner.
Organize in style with this Blue Sky Teacher Lesson planner dated from July 2020 to June 2021. UThis 8.5″ x 11″ weekly and monthly planner will help schedule your 2020-2021 details, vacations and each day in-between. Spruce up any office or home space and mix or match with other planning products from Blue Sky to organize your year. The planner is a July 2020-June 2021 ruled weekly and monthly planner. It features one month per two pages spreads, weekly lesson planning, holidays and special dates, class birthdays, weekly activity schedule, and yearly overview calendarsLearn More
Crayola is the go-to place to find back to school supplies like markers, crayons, colored pencils, construction paper and so much more. I am loving their new Colors of the World crayons that match the skin colors of people from all over the world. Check our Crayola’s Back to School Guide for supply and activity ideas!Learn More
Whether it’s for a science fair project, homework assignment, or DIY craft, these Crayola Project Supplies offer color and coverage for a variety of creative ideas. Crayola Project Poster Markers, Poster Crayons, Premium Construction Paper, and more put pop on poster board and help create a finished presentation you can be proud of! Use the art supplies on multiple surfaces—they’re versatile enough to complete a number of school projects in the classroom and at home.Learn More
With Crazy Drinks Science Lab get ready to turn your kitchen into a science lab with the components of this kit: a UV light, 2 beakers, a graduated cylinder, a mixing cup, 2-piece ice ball mold, a pipette, 2 crazy drinking straws, and a 24-page illustrated book. With this kit and items from your kitchen, you’ll explore the light spectrum, untwist polymers, experiment with carbonate reactions, and more! Even better, these experiments are designed to be a feast for your eyes and a treat for your taste buds. So clear off the counter and get ready for some crazy delicious chemistry!Learn More
Make sure you have what you need for class with this durable Five Star Standard 2″ 3-Ring Zipper Binder that stands up to the rough wear and tear of your busy schedule. It includes a zipper closure, multiple pockets and two separate expanding features for extra storage both inside and outside the binder.
-Equipped with three round rings for easy page turningLearn More
-Holds up to 380 sheets
-Wide design accommodates letter-size papers
-Interior five-tab expanding file provides convenient and organized storage for up to 200 loose papers
-Expansion panel on the outside of the binder allows you to store and access textbooks, notebooks, and more without unzipping the binder
-Includes an interior gusseted pocket with a hook-and-loop closure and a puncture-resistant, micro-mesh pocket with a zipper closure
-Three exterior pen loops and exterior zipper pocket keep small items accessible
-1-year manufacturer limited warranty
The High Sierra Outburst Backpack is for grade schoolers and is available in Aqua, Tie Dye and Black. This backpack holds everything. It has 360° reflectivity which is so helpful if your child walks or rides their bike to school. It fits most 15.6″ laptops. It has a main compartment and a large organization pocket. It has a stash pocket for quick storage. It has dedicated storage for tech and trinkets. It even has a padded laptop/tablet sleeve. It has dual water bottle pockets so your child will be able to stock up on water! My daughter loves her backpack!Learn More
This backpack has superior storage which can carry what moves you. The High Sierra Swerve Pro 18″ Backpack has a large main compartment plus a full-length organization pocket to keep everything you need at hand. It features a dedicated, padded laptop pocket (fits laptops up to 15.6”) and tablet sleeve, plus a fleece-lined pocket for your sunglasses or phone. An adjustable sternum strap and padded airmesh straps & back panel make for comfortable carrying. This is the perfect backpack for school, travel and even homeschooling trips to the library or park for open air learning.Learn More
I love these binders because when you open it, it lies flat like a notebook! I use it to keep all of our curriculum schedules in it so that I can easily flip the pages around and lie the notebook flat like a binder. The rings open easily so you can organize by adding paper and dividers. Holds up to 200 sheets of paper.Learn More
I did a lot of research on laptops and tablets that work like laptops since I know my kiddos will be taking some online classes and also taking typing classes online. I asked lots of moms who homeschool and the Microsoft Surface Pro 7 got wonderful reviews. The Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. It now delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery, Instant On, improved graphics, and longer standby time – plus more multitasking connections, now including both USB Type-C™ and USB Type-A ports. Includes Surface Pro Type Cover.Learn More
We do not use a lot of technology with our kiddos but I LOVE it when they ask to play Osmo. There are so many different kits that will teach your child everything from math to reading to creating shapes and to coding! They have a new Coding Starter Kit that is perfect for getting your child interested in coding! This Osmo Coding Starter Kit will transform your child’s tablet into a hands-on coding adventure. Designed for ages 5–10, Coding Starter Kit builds coding skills in progression with 3 hands-on learning games. Watch your child learn to code as they connect colorful blocks of code in the physical world to chart the adventure on their screen. This kit comes with the games Coding Awbie, Coding Jam and Coding Duo! It works on iPad and Fire tablets.Learn More
These Pep Rally retractable ballpoint pens are perfect for everyday writing and note taking. These pens have black ink, a medium 1.0 mm point, and come in assorted pastel colors.Learn More
Write down notes or stories with these stylish assorted Pep Rally Wooden pastel color pencils. These pencils have #2 lead and come with an eraser on the end. These pencils are designed for those striving, following dreams, and expressing themselves! The pencils come unsharpened in assorted pastel colors: lilac, coral, and mint. Each pencil comes with an eraser end for correcting errorsLearn More
FriXion ColorSticks are the Pilot FriXion line of writing instruments that offer unlimited do-overs you can write, erase and re-write until you get it right. These ColorSticks have thermo-sensitive ink that becomes clear from the heat generated via erasing friction. There’s no wear and tear to the paper or messy eraser crumbs!
Pilot Precise Marklighter2 are NEW premium highlighters that feature a broad tip and an extra fine tip. They are designed to deliver an ultra-smooth, vibrant, precision highlighting experience. Ideal for marking, journaling, and all your hand lettering needs. Premium double ended features bullet and chisel tips, and is available in 10 vivid colors. They are smear resistant, vibrant and have a quick drying ink that won’t bleed through your paper and is the perfect way to make your mark! Pilot Precise V5 rolling ball pens have a patented extra fine precision tip to deliver smooth, skip-free writing every time. Pilot’s unique ink formula maintains even, flowing strokes for precise writing. You’ll love the clean lines & even ink delivery of this rolling ball pen. Available in black, blue, red, turquoise, purple, & green ink. Visible ink supply means you’ll never run dry!Learn More
Pilot G2 Neons and Pilot G2 Pastels are long lasting, smooth writing gel ink pens. With G2 Neons, experience ultra-pigmented neon ink that writes vibrantly on light or dark paper. Perfect for adding a little extra color to every day writing tasks or splashing personality across your writing pages. G2 Neons brings colorful expression to your overachieving ways. G2 Pastels are perfectly poised to embrace that latest color trends of 2020 and beyond.Learn More
Science isn’t limited to the classroom—it can be found out in the garden! This photographic book of experiments and projects covers covers chemical reactions, states of matter, microbiology, and much more—all with materials and equipment that can be found at home.Learn More
This insightful guide balances nature play experiences with hands-on projects using natural materials and is an ideal jumping off point for immersive nature play. Nature Play Workshop for Families includes examples of nature-based child experiences outlined in the book include:
– Wildlife observation and trackingLearn More
– Nature sounds, songs, and poetry
– Gardening and cooking with wild edibles
– Printmaking, charcoal drawing, dyeing, and shadow play
– Journaling inspired by nature
Jump right in with an introduction to building with wood! A complete basics section on tools and skills teaches kids the ground rules. (They’ll also learn when parents will need to lend a helping hand in the wood shop.) The rest of the book is all about the projects, including easy builds and more challenging ideas. Chapters and projects include: Fun and hobby-related projects like a birdhouse, toss across game, and catapult! Handy projects like a tool carrier and workbench. Gifts, including a picture frame and jewelry box.Learn More
This fact- and fun-filled book includes tons of simple, kid-tested science experiments, many of which can be done with items from around the house, and require little-to-no supervision! That’s right—no adult help needed. That means no grownups doing all the fun stuff while you watch. You can do lots of messy, cool, mind-blowing experiments all by yourself! All the supplies you need are probably already in your home. No fancy gadgets or doohickeys needed!Learn More
Get ready for kid-approved ideas that celebrate the great outdoors year round! Whether you’re building forts or making fresh cider, there’s something for every kid and every season. Host a springtime tea party, where you’ll nibble shortbread cookies and make a mossy teacup fairy garden. Or gather with family for a summer potluck party. Blow giant bubbles, race leaf-and-bark boats, or camp out in your own backyard.Learn More