Back-to-School Prep: DIY Locker Kit

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Create a kit for your kids filled with essentials to help get them ready for the new school year.

About the age kids get their own locker at school is the same age they become a little more independent. This means not going to their teacher for every little problem – paper cuts, runny nose, extra pencils. They’re growing up, but they still need a little help from mom, and a back-up plan for when things don’t go exactly right.

Use this as a chance to craft with your not-so-little ones and make sure they have what they need for the day-to-day chaos of school.

Container Ideas
Start with a small container that's easy to store in a locker. Anything that's designed to hold and organize small items will work well.

  • Zipper pouch
  • Plastic or metal lunch box
  • Pencil box
  • Plastic food storage container with lid
  • Small jewelry box
  • Cosmetics bag

Tip: Browse some unexpected places like hobby stores, home improvement suppliers or fishing shops (for tackle boxes) for more creative storage ideas.

Decoration Ideas
Personalize the kit by embellishing it in a way that matches your child's style and personality. Have them help decorate it with:

  • Homemade stickers
  • Faux flowers or buttons attached with hot glue
  • Washi tape
  • Patterned duct tape
  • Puffy paint
  • Contact paper
  • Decoupaged magazine clippings, photos or scrapbook paper
  • Charms

Supply Suggestions
Fill the kit with essentials and comfort items that they may need throughout the school day. Use our ideas to get started:

  • Puffs
  • Wet wipes
  • Eye drops
  • Bandages
  • Tide To Go
  • Secret or Old Spice deodorant
  • Chewing gum/breath mints
  • Small mirror
  • Comb/brush
  • Lip gloss
  • Always pads and Tampax tampons
  • Hair clips/bands/pins
  • Plastic fork and spoon
  • Change for vending machines
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Snacks (something with a long shelf life)

Have them bring it home once a month to refill what they need – or remember to ask them what they’ve been using. You’ll teach them good life preparation skills and hopefully help their school year go a little more smoothly.

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