Back to school prep 2020 is unlike any other year for reasons I clearly don’t need to explain! Some things never change, like the usual last minute panic and school shoe shopping hell, but some elements are going to be a little more novel.
As the girls prepare to enter year four and one, I’ve checked and rechecked the ten page guidance document on FAQ for returning to school. I’ve also tapped into the Mum network and it seems the usual bag, lunchbox, pencil case is different depending on schools and year groups.
For us, there will be no new water bottles, nor will there be pencil cases in order to minimise contact points for virus transition.
We are however all good for school bags, which is a relief given they hold a world of disregarded jumpers and homework that get lugged to and from home each day by Mule-Mum.
Of course, it’s been a tough year and if there is anything that might encourage our youngest to get stuck back in to learning to read and write, it’s some new smiggle stationary. Regardless of it being school contraband, home is the perfect place to embrace some special ‘back to school’ 2020 stationary.
We have been lucky enough to have used Smiggle for back to school kit in the past, and this year with the introduction of some new characters in the Budz range, there was even more reason to choose smiles, giggles, sparkles from Smiggle.
For Tigs, as her Back to School treat we picked her out a Budz backpack in her favourite colour, blue.
This super cute cheetah was a huge hit and will be perfect to encourage her back through the school gates with a smile on her face. I really love the usual Smiggle bold pattern emblazoned with character faces as well as leopard print and my fave, monstera leaves.
The Mouse won’t be able to use a backpack, as infants are bound to book bags for the time being, but she still got a little treat regardless.
The pink bunny bumper stationary set contains all a little girl needs to write and draw to her hearts content;
- 1 x Budz A5 Notebook
- 1 x Budz Character Two Pocket Pencil Case
- 1 x Budz Spy Marker Pen
- 1 x Budz Plush Pen (With Pink, Cornflower Blue and Purple) or Budz Squidgie Pen (With Grey)
- 1 x Budz Rainbow Pen
- 1 x Scented Pencil Pack x4
- 1 x Pencil Sharpener Eraser 2 In 1
It’s great value with seven items and online the more you spend, the bigger discount available.
The budz range has something for everyone – with sharks and dinosaurs as well as Bunnies, cheetahs and kittens.
I’m hoping the special home stationary will encourage some homework positivity, since the home learning depleted all our home education oomph!
Given the bumpy school year behind us, there are bound to be some last minute nerves and emotions about going back to a new normal with strange rules and different ways of working at school. I’m really hoping that by injecting a little bit of ‘special’ into the 20/21 school year, the girls will settle in to school life in no time.