Get ready for the school year with this list of back to school supplies for preschool or kindergarten. Even if you're not ready for the first day of school, you can ensure that your child will be ready with all the supplies needed to play, learn, and enjoy in class.
Arts and Craft Supplies
Early school years are filled with lots of crafting and hands-on activities. Be sure to have these supplies (if you don’t already) so the coloring and creating doesn’t stop when your child comes home.
- Crayons: Most teachers may prefer a set of 8, 16, or 24 crayons in standard colors but a box of triangular or jumbo crayons can be easier for small hands to hold.
- Markers: Washable standard markers provide plenty of color options and are easier to clean up!
- Colored pencils: Some teachers may request colored pencils for fun rainbow writing, tracing, or coloring in addition to crayons.
- Scissors: Younger students are required to use a pair of blunt or rounded-tip scissors for safety.
- Smock: A smock or oversize T-shirt will help keep your child's clothes clean during messy arts and crafts.
- Glue: Glue sticks are easier for pre-K kids to hold and control and liquid glue may be allowed for kindergarten and first grade.
Your child needs to be prepared for ABCs, spelling words, and imagining stories.
- Composition book or notebook: A composition book or notebook may be required for writing practice. Those with wide-rule pages to provide more room for young children learning to write.
- Pencils: Traditional No. 2 wooden pencils are preferred, though some teachers may allow a few jumbo pencils can be easier for small hands to hold.
- Erasers: Both stand-alone erasers and eraser caps (that pop onto the top of the pencil) are useful for removing mistakes on paper.
- Paper: Teachers will advise whether to buy white, construction, or lined writing paper for projects and assignments.
- Folders: Keep artwork and classwork together in either paper or plastic holders for transport between school and home.
- Pencil sharpener: A small, portable pencil sharpener can be handy to keep writing utensils sharp so letters remain clear on paper.
Store & Carry
Keep your child organized with store, carry and transport supplies.
- Backpack: Kids in pre-K may not need a backpack, but once in kindergarten, invest in one for carrying items like a lunch box, water bottle and show-and-tell items. Choose a pint-size backpack to fit properly on a smaller child.
- Pencil box: A plastic pencil box great for holding hold pencils, pens, and art supplies.
- Lunch box or bag, with ice pack: Lunches and snacks are best contained in an insulated, reusable plastic box or nylon bag.
- Water bottle: A spill proof water bottle can be filled at home to keep kids hydrated throughout the day -- and away from water fountains, which can be laden with germs.
Don't forget these items that teachers may request to keep the classroom clean, prevent the spread of illness, and use for special activities.
- Tissue boxes: Donate tissue boxes (if requested) to keep up with the demand and help deal with colds.
- Antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer: Helps keep desks clean and prevent the spread of germs that cause colds and flu.
- Nap mat: A soft blanket or towel may be needed if your child is in a full-day pre-K for quiet time or naptime is scheduled.
- Change of clothes: In case of bathroom accidents, water play, or other messy activities, pre-K classes often request a full set of clothes to be kept at school.
Back to School Traditions for Preschool and Kindergarten
Here’s are two nice ideas to do to commemorate this once-a-year occasion for this year and future First Days of School:
- Make a file box or folder for Back to School papers for each child. Put the child’s photo of the first day of school or school picture on the outside and fill with the school year’s mementos, special papers and artwork.
- Read books about the First Day of School. This is a great way to start a discussion with kids about what to expect when it comes to school.
- Maisy Goes to Preschool by Lucy Cousins
- What to Expect at Preschool (What to Expect Kids) by Heidi Murkoff and Laura Rader
- Curious George’s First Day of School by H.A. Rey
- How Do Dinosaurs Go To School? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
- The Berenstain Bears Go To School (First Time Books(R) by Stan and Jan Berenstein
T's Learning Center, providing childcare and preschool for Jacksonville and surrounding areas, hopes this gives you a few ideas for Back to School traditions that are very simple and inexpensive to do. The staff at T’s Learning Center looks forward to an exciting new school year for your child AND you!