Prep early for back-to-school! Here’s where to buy must-have school supplies like pencil cases, stationary, lunchboxes and school bags in Singapore
Are you starting to prep your child for the start of school? If you are looking to stock up on school supplies like a brand new pencil case and a school bag to carry all those books, we’ve shortlisted our favourite places to stock up on school supplies in Singapore. Here’s where to find everything from black leather school shoes (for international schools) to white school shoes (for local schools), water bottles, ergonomic school bags and more. We round up everything your child needs to get ready for the coming school term!
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Where to Buy School Bags & Backpacks
If you’ve got preschoolers heading off to nursery or “big school” for the first time, purchasing their first school bag is a big deal. For some schools, a school-issued school bag is a requirement but if your child can choose their own school bag, this can really add to the excitement of a new school.
Amazon.sg stocks lots of school bag options from find iconic Fjallraven Kanken bags made with durable Vinylon F fabric, which repels sweat, great for style-conscious teens to kids’ backpacks that would make a perfect school bag including JuJuBe, Under Armour, Thule, Marvel Avengers backpacks and much more.
Looking for a school bag that’s sustainable and great for your child’s posture? Ergokid school bags are a total win. The school bag backpacks are designed to distribute weight evenly, which helps minimise the strain on your kiddo’s back. Better still, these school bags are made from 100% PET recycled fabrics.
Next has a range of school bags – some better suited to smaller kids with themes of Spider Man and Princesses. We spotted many Mine Craft school bags and more demure school bags in tan or leather for older kids and teens. Next offers delivery to Singapore.
Littles ones will adore these super-cute school bags, each in colourful animal patterns (there’s even a cool dragon design backpack!) and other vibrant colours so your little one will be pleased as punch with their school bag.
Skip Hop, www.skiphop.com
Pottery Barn Kids
This store has an impressive range of ergonomic kids’ backpacks and school bags available in four different sizes (including backpacks with wheels), with just about every print imaginable. School bags are also monogrammable and many of the prints even glow in the dark (a huge selling point with many six-year-olds). Each school bag line also features coordinating water bottles, pencil cases, and lunch bags, and they ship to Singapore!
Pottery Barn Kids, www.potterybarnkids.com
Pupsik Studio’s the site to visit if you want to spend an entire day browsing through pretty backpacks for school. The school bags come in so many colours, sizes, brands and types to choose from. Happy browsing for that perfect school bag!
Pupsik Studio, www.pupsikstudio.com
Black Leather School Shoes and White School Shoes
Singapore schools require all white school shoes and most international schools require black leather school shoes. So if your child needs cool new kicks, whatever the colour, the shops below are perfect for you. PS: If your little one needs rain boots for stomping in muddy puddles like George and Peppa, the usual suspects like Amazon.sg and Lazada should have a decent selection. Click here for our full list of where to Buy Black and White School Shoes in Singapore!
Water Bottles for School
No matter what age your child is, nursery to high school, everyone needs a water bottle in hot Singapore; just be sure to look out for BPA- and Phthalate-free bottles for your child’s safety. And make sure your child’s school bag is big enough to hold that water bottle!
The water bottles here are durable and inexpensive, which means you won’t have to worry about the heartache that comes from wear and tear.
Decathlon Singapore, multiple locations, www.decathlon.sg
There’s a wide selection at great prices, including the ever-popular Skip Hop Zoo line, which comes in a variety of fun colours and sizes.
Pupsik Studio, www.pupsikstudio.com
One of our current faves for older kids, S’well bottles can keep beverages cold for a full 24 hours (or hot for 12). They’re also condensation-free, and are made from premium grade, BPA-free stainless steel.
S’well, available on Amazon
Whether you want a Hydro Flask for the kiddo or a hardy water bottle that’s inspired by The Little Prince, odds are you’ll find it here.
Tangs Singapore, multiple locations, www.tangs.com
Velocity @ Novena Square
Hit up one of the many outdoors-themed stores that sit in this sporty mall. You’ll find plenty to please, whether your child is an athlete or bookworm.
Velocity @ Novena Square, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683, www.velocitynovena.com
Name Labels for School Bags and Gear
Of course once you’ve purchased your school bag and supplies the next job is labelling everything (otherwise the mama chats on WhatsApp will be forever filled with: Have you seen Tim’s water bottle? Lulu lost her lunch box!). Fortunately, there are so many kid-friendly personalised name labels on the market these days. Consider picking up personalised, waterproof, stick-on or iron-on name labels from online stores such as Bright Star Kids, Muakids, Qoo100 (super cheap!), Sticker Kid, StickerPrint.sg, Stuck On You or Tiny Me. Just remember to order well in advance, as a number of these places are outside Singapore and shipping can take a while.
Pencil Cases and Writing Supplies
If there’s anything that can get kiddos excited for the start of a new school year, it’s fun, colourful school supplies and writing instruments. Here’s where to go for pencil cases, writing instruments and more.
This unassuming stationery store doesn’t look much, but don’t be fooled, mama. There’s enough school supplies here to stock an entire household, and makes for a pleasing find if you prefer practicality over aesthetics.
Evergreen Stationery, multiple locations, www.evergreen.com.sg
Smiggle is where all the cool kids go for school supplies in Singapore. They also stock colourful school bags in some stores. This Aussie retailer is known for its colourful, trendy pencil cases and school supplies, so your child will start school on a bright note come January.
Smiggle, multiple locations, www.smiggle.sg
Stock up on affordable school supplies and writing instruments here. Think ballpoint pens, mechanical pencils, gel and brush pens, markers, felt tip pens, multi-function pens and much more.
CityLuxe, 12 Little Road, #05-02 Singapore 536986, Tel: (+65) 8218 3768, www.cityluxe.sg
Giant is a great place to shop, especially if you’re restocking school supplies for more than one kid. There are a variety of options, so each child will leave this mega supermarket happy with their new school supplies.
Giant, multiple locations, www.giant.sg
This popular local bookstore is swimming in school supplies of every kind. There’s a large section dedicated just to pencil cases, stationery and all other school supplies. Prices are inexpensive, and members are entitled to good discounts.
Popular Singapore, multiple locations, www.popular.com.sg
Pens, Markers & Art Supplies
This store is our go-to when it comes to art supplies like paint, coloured pencils and big sketch pads. There’s always something new to be found on the store’s shelves if you look hard enough.
Art Friend, multiple locations, www.artfriendonline.coms
Serious art students will love the selection of paints, canvasses, sculpting tools and tools at this cool store. The store’s interiors are rather Insta-worthy, too!
Krafers’ Paradise, 180 Kitchener Road, City Square Mall, #04-19/20/21 Singapore 208539, Tel: (+65) 6884 9986, www.krafersparadise.sg
Another mecca for all things crafty (including paints and party gear), Spotlight has everything you could possibly want when you’re on the hunt for useful art supplies.
Spotlight Singapore, multiple locations, www.spotlightstores.com/sg
School Notebooks and Stationery
Tango Mango stock a range of stationery and books, some with a luxe feel. There’s also a postal service so you can tick that off your chore list in one shop!
Tango Mango, 163 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Mall, #03-11A, Singapore 247933, Tel: (+65) 6835 3895, www.tangomangosg.com
This Japanese retail chain has plenty of school supplies and stationery options. Its products are all good bets for more low key designs and older kids’ school notebooks.
Tokyu Hands, multiple locations, www.tokyu-hands.com.sg
Typo by Cotton On
At Typo there are glittery notebooks for those who want a little glam, as well as notebooks with covers that have plenty of offbeat graphic designs and quirky quotes. Prices are reasonable, and your kid will be thrilled to have cool school supplies.
Typo, multiple locations, www.cottonon.com/SG
Where to Buy Lunchboxes
While breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s also super important to fuel up your child at lunch so their concentration and energy levels don’t go downhill in the afternoon. Pack up a delicious lunch or snacks with a proper lunch box from one of these top stores (and again make sure your choice will fit into that school bag!).
There is something Instagarammably cute about fitting the whole lunch in a bento compartmentalised box, and YumBox does not disappoint. There are multiple colours to pick from, and the pre-portioned food trays within each box, which allow for fab portion control and food variety, can be easily removed and cleaned.
These colourful resealable plastic bags can be reused multiple times, making it easy to pack simple meals such as fruits, biscuits, snacks and other dry food. The bags can be boiled in water and also used to store food in the freezer.
These stainless steel containers make it easy for you to pack food in a single container or use it to pack multiple mini containers, especially if some dishes are to be kept warm in a Thermos and others like yogurt need packing with an ice pack.
There are various lunch boxes, food storage containers and bento boxes to choose from, whether you want something that’s insulated, collapsible or just plain cute.
Mothercare, multiple locations, www.mothercare.com.sg
Sturdy lunch boxes aside, Motherswork also has incredibly cute lunch bags so your child can carry their snacks and meals to school in complete style.
Motherswork, multiple locations, www.motherswork.com.sg
This sprawling shopping is the perfect place to get every imaginable school supply. Take the day to browse through its extensive shelves, filled to the brim with containers of every size. If you need a little help navigating this bustling shopping centre, then check out our store guide here!
Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore 207704, www.mustafa.com.sg
There’s only so many sandwich variations you can make before your kid (and you!) get stuck in a rut. That’s why you should download Sassy Mama’s hugely popular, FREE lunchbox recipe downloadable guide here! There are three weeks’ worth of lunchbox recipes for you with dishes that are big on fresh, colourful vegetables and protein – they are all nut-free, too, as per most schools’ requirements.