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.
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.
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
Fill the kit with essentials and comfort items that they may need throughout the school day. Use our ideas to get started:
- Wet wipes
- Eye drops
- Tide To Go
- Secret or Old Spice deodorant
- Chewing gum/breath mints
- Small mirror
- 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.