Hello October! We’re already one month into the school year, and Tee has been doing beautifully in her full day classes. Every afternoon when I pick her up, she can’t wait to tell me everything she’s done in school that day. Today she brought home some handwriting practice. Those A’s are looking good!
Back when I was getting Tee ready for school, Staples kindly offered to outfit her with a new backpack and lunch bag to make those first days a little easier. To be honest, I’d never really thought of Staples as a place to shop for kids’ bags. That’s where I buy office supplies and printer toner! But I was impressed when I started browsing through their website and saw the great selection of bags there.
I narrowed it down to 2 smaller backpacks suitable for Tee and let her pick. This Gazou 14″ Preschool Backpack was her choice. (Psst! Isn’t online shopping awesome? We picked these bags out in our PJs!)
The last couple of years when I was hunting for backpacks for back to school, I found most of them just too big and awkward for the preschool crowd. But Tee’s new backpack is just the right size for her. Not so big that it thumps the back of her legs, but large enough to fit standard size loose leaf paper. The shoulder straps are padded and adjustable, and the straps buckle in the front to help support the weight on her shoulders properly.
Her new backpack has 3 compartments. The main compartment is more than big enough to carry whatever my preschooler needs – her lunch, an extra change of clothes, and a book or toy for show and tell. The Velcro pocket on the front is just right to carry her notebook and loose papers home without crumpling them, and the smaller zippered pouch on the front has that fun kitten and hearts print. Tee really likes that secret kitten stitched on the back.
And here she is modeling her fancy new lunch bag!
The Ketto Flip-Flap Lunch Bag has an insulated and wipeable interior, and it’s big enough to carry an entire week’s worth of snacks (we bring it all once a week). The two-way zipper keeps everything secure in there, and the flap is secured with internal magnets. This is a bag that will grow with her.
Our favourite part though is that awesome Marika print on the front flap by Canadian graphic designer and artist Julie St-Onge Drouin. I love that it doesn’t actually look like a lunch box. I would totally use this bag myself! On days when she doesn’t take it to school, Tee calls it her purse and carries her stuff around in it like a messenger bag.
And what to do with all that extra downtime now that Tee’s back in school? Staples carries e-readers too!
Disclosure: I received sample items for review. All opinions expressed are completely honest and my own, based on my personal experience. Your experience may differ.