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Back to School Guide: All the Essentials for the School Year

Back to School Guide: All the Essentials You and Your Kids Need
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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!

Ten Feet Tall, 02-16 Holland Road Shopping Centre, 211 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278967, [email protected]

Other places to check out for school shoes: Bata, Clarks, elly, Stride Rite

Buying socks in Singapore: School Clothes


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!

Also check out: Giant, Mothercare

Where to Buy Sun Hats in Singapore: Decathalon

Sun Hats

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.

Also check out: Motherswork, Ocean Paradise, Queensway Shopping Centre,

Backpacks in Singapore: Scool SG


Personally we think every girl should ride the Wonder Woman trend and pick up this snazzy number from Ali Express!

Also check out: Lazada, Scool, Tinydipity

Seed Heritage: Hair accessories for girls

Hair ties/barrettes

We can never get enough of the adorable barrettes and headbands at Seed Heritage, which can jazz up any school uniform.

Also check out: CottonOn Kids, H&M, Zalora

Snacks & Drinks

SkipHop: Water Bottles available from Pupsik Studio

Water Bottles

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.

Also check out: Giant, Tangs

Where to Buy Lunch Boxes in Singapore


This seems to come down to personal preference, but we like the smart selection of both meals-on-the go and handy food containers at Motherswork quite a bit.

Also check out:, Giant, Mustafa, ToTT

Carrotsticks and Cravings: Recipe inspo

Snacks / Recipes

Let’s face it, we could all use a bit of lunchbox inspo every now and then. We can’t get enough of these oh-so-tasty (and also healthy!) lunchbox tips from the lovely Liza of Health & Vitality.

For more lunchbox inspo, check out these downloadable recipes and shopping lists from Chef Emmanuel Stroobant, or peep our roundup of favourite local cookbooks!

Also check out: Carrotsticks and Cravings

School Supplies

Stationery: School Supplies for Back to School Season in Singapore

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!).

For more basic writing instruments, you can head to Evergreen Stationery, Giant or Popular for the best prices, mama.

Art Supplies: Where to Buy them in Singapore

Art Supplies

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).

School notebooks: kikki.K


Personally we are majorly crushing on kikki.Ks 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.

Back to School in Singapore: Stuck On You Labels


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!

Also check out: Muakids, Sticker Kids

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 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

Brought to you in partnership with Ten Feet Tall

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