Top 10 Back to School Guide 2018

Summer is nearly over…Are you worried about all the back-to-school prep? Fear not! We’ve done the hard part for you with our selection of back to school guide.

Eat2Treat lunchboxes are ready to order – just in time for the Autumn term. Eat2Treat founder, Rachel Slinger is seeing the reward to all her effort come into a reality, as her new exciting, incentivised lunch box are ready to order!. Designed for picky eater and to promote healthy eating they are sectioned for variety and portion control, with a ‘secret’ bottom layer containing the ‘treats’ which is only revealed once the first layer in finished. The treat can also be a non-food related reward. When a child eats the healthy food tray they collect stars and place these on the magnetic lid of the lunchbox, which acts as a reward chart. There are reward magnets, so the child knows what reward they are working towards.  For every of Treatbox through the website, they will donate 55p to Nourish the Children Initiative. Order yours now at www.eat2treat.co.uk


What started as a young mum’s simple yet brilliant idea in 1995 has evolved into a one-stop shop for personalised pizzazz for the young and young-at-heart, with products making their way into 127 countries. Being the experts in all things back-to-school, you can trust Stuck On You to provide you with perfectly personalised gear that won’t go missing! Our personalised name labels are: Easy to use: Just stick or iron on, then go! Durable: Waterproof, dishwasher/freezer/microwave safe, scratch resistant, child resistant (!) Safe: We use lead-free, child-friendly inks. Lovingly created by our amazing team of in-house graphic designers, with over 50 icons available. Stuck On You also has a range of other personalised products that are perfect for school, including; Bags, stationery, drink bottles, lunchboxes (including our bestselling Bento Boxes) and value packs that incorporate a variety of these products according to your family’s needs (e.g., 0-5 Preschool Pack, School Super Saver Pack). But why should kids have all the fun? The high quality and sheer range of our products means there is something to suit all ages and tastes!


Now with the holidays underway and thoughts turning to the Back to School uniform
my needle and thread is poised to sew yet more nametapes on to the new uniform.
Feeling like I am doing the right thing with these traditional tapes I have to wonder is
there an easier way? There is ….I have discovered a great alternative to all this
sewing – the StickEasy Label! Developed by mother of four boys , Melanie King this
little label is fabulous. The owner of the aptly named Easy2name has saved me hours
with these which simply stick on the wash care labels and they stay put. I ordered a
Sticky Starter pack which included some nice brightly coloured stickers which are
totally dishwasher proof and go in shoes with some clear covers popped over the top.
These now adorn the water bottle, lunchbox, cricket bat, cricket pad…brilliant.
If you use the Code RAINBOW10 that will give you 10% off all their range – from
sew, stick or iron on nametapes to embroidered shoe bags and personalised pencils.
Take a look at their website www.easy2name.com as Melanie says – You name it –
they label it!


We can’t stop them heading back to school (sniff), BUT we CAN make sure we send them off deliriously happy under those crispy new layers of (one size too big) compulsory synthetic uniforms with a Smalls breathable & natural Merino next to skin layer. The genius of Smalls’ 100% pure superfine Merino is that it keeps you cool when it’s hot and warm when it’s cold. With dark winter mornings and cold days ahead, a multipurpose Smalls’ top layered underneath means less layers and more freedom of movement. Merino wool has millions of  tiny air pockets storing heat from your own body to keep you warm and toasty (and there are no itchy labels).  Smalls are the perfect companion under school uniforms, sports kits, as base layers for skiing as well doubling up as seriously snuggly after school loungewear and pyjamas… bridging the gap between fashion and comfort. Our Merino is fully traceable, sustainable and biodegradable, so no matter what colour you choose… they’re always green. Smalls wont irritate even the most sensitive skin. Our new Eczema range is clinically proven to improve symptoms in sufferers. Complete back to school happiness. Don’t miss an exclusive 15% discount code using ‘kensingtonmums’.


Children are learning the wrong words, at the wrong times. They’re using resources that went out of date decades ago, and it’s negatively affecting their motivation and retention of new vocabulary. Mrs Wordsmith is changing the way children learn and teachers teach, with hilariously illustrated vocabulary resources children want to use. Backed by leading early years researchers, lexicographers and educators in the UK, United States and China, Mrs Wordsmith puts the fun back into word learning. With bright, bold illustrations by the Emmy award-winning Hollywood artists behind Madagascar, this is word learning like the world has never seen before. Mrs Wordsmith currently offers two products, known as journeys. The Social Journey for ages 2-5 teaches young children the foundational words they’ll need for school and life. The Narrative Journey for ages 6-13 teaches older children building blocks of narrative storytelling. Based in London and available all over the world, Mrs Wordsmith is on a mission to transform vocabulary building for generations to come.


Is your child ready for Reception? The Ed-ventures Kit for school success is tailored towards 2.5+ year olds preparing for school entrance assessments. All our games and exercises complement the EYFS and Montessori curricula and therefore make way for a natural progression into Reception. Join us on an exciting Ed-venture involving everyday and fantastical themes. With 14 hands-on games and plenty more activities to choose from, your child will love exploring their abilities. We make it easy for you to help your little one learn essential school skills while spending quality time together. All aboard! What makes our kit special?
• Everything you need to complete each activity is included inside the box, plus helpful tips and clear instructions, as well as tutorial videos available from our website
• Bring the whole box or just one activity to any situation; whether you are going out for a meal, traveling or sitting in a waiting room, we can turn it into an Ed-venture!
• Each activity is highly versatile and can be played many times in several different ways
• The nifty little booklet of ‘5 minute fillers’ are an easy way to occupy the little one while on the go
• No activity requires more than 15 minutes, which makes it easy to fit into your hectic lifestyle! Check Learn with OjO website for more information.


School is not the same without a new back to school backpack. We love this one from My 1styears.com . Inspire your little one’s artistic genius with this charming graffiti backpack, simply perfect for storing his or her art and craft accessories, so they can be ready to ‘get creative’ on the go! Made from durable nylon, perfect for school days, adventure days or for carrying their books and pencils with them. It features a handy front pocket for extra storage and adjustable shoulder straps so it will grow with them. Don’t forget to personalise their initial for a final finishing touch.

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Go green for back to school with these beeswax wraps. They are 100% natural – compared to cling film, these Beeswax Wraps are all natural so no nasties will leach into your food whilst its being stored. It keeps your food super fresh, reusable and biodegradable. What is there not to like? Check out their online shop for more.

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Another eco-friendly choice to make is kids water bottles for back to school. We love LifeFactory range of glass water bottles and flip caps which are made from BPA-free and phthalate-free, FDA-approved materials, the glass water bottles offer a pure taste with no leaching from plastics or metals. They have also made it easy for you to enjoy your beverages however you like with a wide-mouth top so you can easily add ice cubes, citrus slices or tea bags. It’s dishwasher safe and has a protective sleeve for a no-slip grip and to help prevent breakage.  Available at Amazon.

We love a good old diary planner and this 2018–2019 classic planner. It comes in an all-new 13-month format that goes from August 2018 to August 2019. Available from JohnLewis.com 


If you liked our back to school guide, you will enjoy reading our back to school tips to get you and your little ones ready for routine.