10 Must-Have School Supplies for Kindergartners to Pick Up Before Their First Day
by Bethany Braun-Silva
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Congrats! Your 4- or 5-year-old is getting ready to tackle kindergarten. We know it’s an exciting and emotional time for parents and kids, but there is one way to ease any potential anxiety, and that’s by being prepared.
Our kindergarten school supply list contains everything your child needs for a successful first year at school, including backpacks, lunch boxes, art supplies and more. It may be the first time your child has had to complete tasks independently, and the supplies on the list below will help them navigate the school year with ease and confidence. Julie Cole, co-founder of Mabel’s Labels and mom of six, suggests, “purchasing containers that are easy for little hands to work and practice using them to ensure a less stressful lunch and snack time at school.”
Cole also knows how stressful this time can be for parents and says that it’s just as important for parents to feel confident as it is for kids — even though this year comes with its own set of challenging circumstances. “Normally, children have visited the school and met with the teacher, so there is a level of familiarity,” Cole tells Parenting. “This is not the case for our little ones heading into Kindergarten this year.” Be sure to visit the school or schoolyard if possible, so kids are not overwhelmed on that first day, Cole recommends. You can also set up a Zoom call with their teacher to see each other and get to know one another a little more before the first day.
There are also other small steps Cole suggests to prepare your child for the big year ahead:
- Practice doing up their coats themselves
- Get shoes that are easy to take on and off, avoiding laces
- Practice getting themselves dressed
- Work on opening and closing their lunch boxes and snack containers
- Get on a good sleep schedule
Below, check out 10 must-have kindergarten supplies you should start shopping now to get prepared for the start of the 2020 school year.