Back to School is nearly upon us, mamas! Here’s where to stock up on all your essentials (at the best prices)!
Ready to get the kiddos organised for a new school year (or term)? From art supplies for preschoolers to ergonomic backpacks for secondary and beyond, we’re bringing you our top picks in our Ultimate Back to School Guide, mama! We’ve broken everything down into three categories: Clothes & Gear, Snacks & Drinks, and School Supplies. We’ve highlighted our top picks in every category – from shoes, to sun hats, to lunchboxes and pencil cases – along with where you’re apt to find the best prices. Here’s hoping your shopping is a breeze!
Clothes & Gear
How much do we LOVE Ten Feet Tall?! With the only proper measuring and fitting service in town (they work in consultation with a podiatrist), Ten Feet Tall launched last year in Holland Village and has been going gangbusters ever since. Founded by two mamas who were frustrated with the lack of properly-fitting school shoes in Singers, Ten Feet Tall’s got a fantastic range of smart black school shoes for boys and girls aged 3-18, carrying 25 styles across three leading European brands – Start-Rite, Ricosta and Petasi. Prices are totally reasonable, too! AND they recently became an Asics Kids retailer, so you can even nab kiddo some properly fitting sneakers at the same time. Best of all, for every old pair of school shoes you bring in when you pick up new shoes, Ten Feet Tall will donate them to their School Shoe Bank for needy kids across Asia!
Psst! We hear Ten Feet Tall will be popping up at various international schools throughout July and August. Check out their Facebook page for all the deets, mama!
Cool shoes obviously merit socks to match, and for our money CottonOn Kids has the best combo of both basic and stylish kids’ socks, at prices bearable enough that you won’t scream when kiddo keeps losing them!
We pretty much haven’t stopped singing the praises of Decathlon ever since it opened last year – nowhere in Singapore compares when it comes to a huge selection of high-quality, LOW-priced sports equipment, including a nice variety of sun hats to choose from. Mamas in the west should be especially psyched to swing by their megastore in Joo Koon.
Personally we think every girl should ride the Wonder Woman trend and pick up this snazzy number from Ali Express!
We can never get enough of the adorable barrettes and headbands at Seed Heritage, which can jazz up any school uniform.
Snacks & Drinks
Is there a more ubiquitous (and necessary) accessory for kids in Singapore than the water bottle? We think not. Pupsik Studio has a great selection at the best prices we could find, including the ever popular Skip Hop Zoo line.
Snacks / Recipes
Also check out: Carrotsticks and Cravings
Pens, Pencils and Pencil Cases
If there’s anything that can get kiddos excited for the start of a new school year, it’s the fun, cheerful stuff on offer at Smiggle. We particularly love their pencil cases and boxes (their backpacks are cute, too!).
Art Friend is our go-to when it comes to art supplies like paint, coloured pencils and big sketch pads. Toys ‘R’ Us also has a decent Crayola selection (and you can earn nice benefits with their Star Card).
Personally we are majorly crushing on kikki.K’s new “Oh So Lovely” collection; polka dots and metallics? Yes, please! For something a bit less girly, you can always find a nice selection of well-priced notebooks and paper at Popular. And younger kids are apt to go crazy for the offerings at Smiggle.
Naturally once you’ve purchased all of the above items, you’ll want to make sure kiddo doesn’t lose them! Fortunately there are so many cute personalised name labels on the market these days. Stuck On You seems to be the consensus fave, with lots to choose from in both sticker and iron-on varieties. Just be sure to leave yourself enough time to order, mama. For cheaper and DIY options, check out Qoo10. And of course you can always go the basic Sharpie route, too!
Happy hunting, mamas!
Featured image via Ten Feet Tall, Image #3 from Mothercare via Pinterest, Image #4 from Scool SG via Facebook, Image #5 from the.lyons.life via Instagram, Image #6 from SkipHop via Facebook, Image #7 from planetbox via Instagram, Image #8 from Carrotsticks and Cravings via Instagram, Image #9 from Smiggle via Instagram, Image #10 from Pexels, Image #11 from kikki.k, Image #12 from Stuck on You via Facebook
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