With my daughter starting her second year of preschool later this month, this back to school preschool printable checklist is a must. I honestly don’t know who is more excited – her or me! We started her in preschool at 2 and a half, mainly as just another source of childcare, but she has so much fun and loves learning with her friends. One of the things I loved last year was planning for the first day of school. There was surprisingly little she actually needed. I had heard about huge supply lists and large shopping trips, but preschool is a bit more mellow.
Back To School: Preschool Printable Checklist
This back to school free printable checklist can help you decide what you really need for your child’s first day of preschool. Be sure to ask the school what you need to bring for them and your child, but this is a good guideline based on what we actually needed last year.
Target has some really cute Skiphop lunchboxes that are plastic. Or Personal Creations has some adorable Little Critter personalized lunch bags. My favorite is the little pink owl.
Look for a lunch bag that is small enough that your child can carry but large enough to hold a few snacks, a sandwich, and a small water bottle.
1 Set of Plastic silverware
I found a set of plastic silverware in a case (princesses!) at Walmart or Target last year. But something like this set would work too. When it comes time for back to school, even your preschooler will love having their own special items.
1 Reusable water bottle
There are a million options for reusable water bottles for kids now. Amazon has so many to choose from. It’s great for their lunch and can also act as an ice pack if you add lots of ice.
2 Freezer packs
In case you want to use a regular ice pack, get 2 (or more). This is just a handy hint. It’s inevitable that you will forget to unpack the ice pack one day and you will be stuck with a warm lunch. Walmart has a super cute 4 pack ice pack set that I bet the kids would love.
2-3 Reusable Snack Bags
You can use Ziploc bags or find reusable snack bags. You will probably need a couple each day.
1 Reusable Sandwich Container
Same thing for sandwich bags. My daughter ate a lot of peanut butter (or sunflower butter) and jelly sandwiches last year. You will need some ziploc bags or reusable snack bags.
Or, if you are feeling really crafty, you can make your own sandwich bag out of duct tape. Instructions here from The Gracious Wife.
1 Pullup and wipes (if needed)
At 2 and a half, my daughter needed this, but she is now potty trained. You may or may not want to send a pull up.
1 Complete change of clothes (in a large ziploc bag)
I’m not sure if my daughter ever actually used her extra clothes, but it was a bit of backup that made me feel more comfortable. She might have needed it if she had a potty accident or even just made a mess at lunch or painting.
Now the big question about back to school supplies, is whether or not your preschooler needs a backpack. At this age, they can’t really carry a regular size backpack yet. My daughter still has a little toddler backpack that she carries her toys around in. But she can’t carry much else in it. For her, the lunch box is the big deal. She helped pick it out and she loves hers – it’s a Sophia the First purple bag. Her favorite color!
Ask your school for a supplies list and ask them if they have any special requirements or things you shouldn’t bring. Our preschool has their own plastic tote we put her lunch box in, so we really didn’t need a backpack. She wouldn’t have been able to use it.
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This simple back to school checklist just for your preschooler is a great way to also get them involved in picking out fun new supplies!
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