Among other things, back to school means back to school shopping. Amanda and I have bought a few clothing items for her over the last few months, Kyle got the new tennis shoes that he badly needs, and last week we finally made that school supply shopping trip.
Both of their needs were pretty basic this year. With Kyle just entering first grade, he needed a few pencils, crayons, markers. There wasn't much room to get fancy, but he did need a folder. We selected one of those made out of the same material as those flexible binders in a cool black and white pattern. That one might hold up as the everyday take home folder. That folder usually takes a beating!
He fell in love with the animal-shaped pencil toppers, which I didn't buy him, and the novelty cell phone erasers, which I did sneak into the cart as a first day of school treat. They beat the plain pink bar eraser hands down.
Amanda's middle school list includes mostly run of the mill items, but also some of those things you seem only to see in the summer months leading up to back to school. I was glad that Staples had everything, including graph composition books, so that I don't have to scramble to find some of the items. I was sent this fun flash drive for review, and she loved it. Last year her teacher really encouraged them to keep their writing assignments on there, so that they could work at school or home, so though this wasn't on her list, it's a back to school need.
Kyle absolutely adores this soccer calculator. The ball is attached with a string and sticks magnetically to his foot. Kyle has always enjoyed playing with calculators, so this will make it even more fun for him. Amanda thought it was really cool, too, but since many of the items I got to preview were more appropriate for her, she lost out on this one.
Staples has teamed up with Do-Something.org, and we received some of those notebooks as well (different style pictured above). They are both stylish and make a statement (but not too much of a statement -- it's more an inspiration for kids to get involved than some sort of political manifesto).
The shopping trip was full of lots of "no's." There were many cool things for them to ask for (and to be honest, many cool things that I had to resist buying myself): from jumbo pushpins, to locker organizers, to stand-up staplers, to fancy notebooks, to candy, to zebra-striped paperclips (Okay -- I didn't resist these, but who could at the price, $1.29, and the fact that I never have paperclips around when I need them?).
Check out Staples Back to School Center for hot deals near you.
I have one $25 Staples card to give to one of you, so that you can splurge on some of these fun novelty items (or any of the items in the store, whether you are shopping for back to school or not!).
Leave a comment, and make sure that I have a way to contact you (either email in your google profile or left in the comments, or a blog where I can leave a comment). If the winner I draw does not have contact info, I will immediately draw again.
You have through August 24 to enter, and I will announce the winner on August 25.
If you want -- just for fun -- tell me your favorite item that you like to buy when the stores are stocked with all the fun back-to-school supplies.
Disclosure: Staples sent me some of these back-to-school items to preview for you and is providing the gift card to one of you.