Back-to-school shopping can be an exciting, yet stressful time for parents and children alike. With the new school year right around the corner, you\u2019re not only preoccupied with creating the back-to-school routine, but also preparing the essential school supplies. While it can be tempting to just run out and grab everything on the store shelves, it\u2019s important to make sure you have a shopping list of necessary items so you don\u2019t end up overspending and forgetting something important. With a little bit of research and planning, you can make sure your kids are off to a successful start. To help you out, here is a simple shopping list for back-to-school supplies to make the process a little easier. Sturdy School Backpack Image credit: Canva First and foremost, you\u2019ll need to make sure your kids have a backpack. Choose one that is roomy enough to fit all their school books and supplies and durable enough to last the entire school year. We recommend getting one that can be carried as a backpack or as a pull trolley bag. Hence, when there aren't many items, your children can carry the bag on their backs. But, when it is heavy and full of books, they can easily pull it to class. Also, be sure to look for bags with padded straps and multiple compartments to provide your kids with both comfort and storage. Additionally, look for a design that is both stylish and reflects your children's personalities. A Pencil Case and Writing Utensils Your kids will need a pencil case to keep all their writing utensils together. Pick one that has several compartments and secure zips so your kids can find what they need easily. When it comes to buying writing utensils, the most essential ones are pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners, and rulers. If you have kids in upper primary grades between Standard 4 and 6, they may need pens and highlighters as well. Get good quality ones so they will last longer and function properly. The best thing is they all come in a variety of sizes and colours, making them enticing for kids to choose from. You may also look for eco-friendly supplies, such as bamboo pencils and water-based highlighters, to reduce your family's carbon footprint. Colourful Arts Supplies Arts supplies will be required for a range of activities at school, particularly in Art class. From drawing to colouring and painting, there are so many things that you will need to prepare for your kids. The most common art materials that your kids should always have on hand are coloured pencils and markers, paints and brushes, crayons, glue, scissors, and drawing blocks. Remember to get non-toxic art supplies to ensure your children are safe when using them. You can also encourage your kids to actively engage in art-related activities as PennState Extension has found that doing so can foster their mental growth, proficiency, self-esteem, and creativity. Necessary School Books and Folders Textbooks, notebooks, and folders are among the required materials to get kids ready for the start of the school year. The school district is usually responsible for choosing the textbooks and notebooks required for each student to buy. So, be sure to be in touch with your kids' school to obtain the list of books. Folders, on the other hand, are excellent for keeping children organised. They can be used as a designated place to store notes, assignments, and other materials given in class. It would be ideal if you could prepare one folder for each subject so they don\u2019t get mixed up. Plus, get folders that come in bright colours, fun patterns, and inspiring quotes to keep your children motivated. Durable Water Bottle and Lunch Box Image credit: Canva Water bottles and lunch bento boxes ensure kids stay hydrated and eat healthy meals while they are at school. These are important in helping kids stay focused and energised throughout the day. When purchasing water bottles, choose ones that are of great quality, with a spill-resistant lid, and a wide opening for easy filling. For both the water bottles and lunch boxes, look for a design that is not only functional but also fun for the kids. You can even add a personal touch by having your children's names engraved on them. It's Back-to-School Shopping Time! By following this simple shopping list for back-to-school supplies, you can ensure your kids are well-prepared for the upcoming school year. Lastly, before you head out to the store, do download our back-to-school shopping list to use as a reference. Happy Shopping for Back-to-School Supplies, parents! For more insightful stories and fun recipes, stay tuned to Motherhood Story!