Here’s where to stock up on all your school supplies and essentials in Singapore (at the best prices, too!)
While the kids may still be on holiday, for mama it’s already time to start planning where to shop for back to school supplies! From pencil cases and water bottles 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 rounded up some of our fave places to find everything your child needs to get ready for their next school year, along with where you’ll find the best prices.
Pssst! Look out for our recommendations on where to buy school hats, school hair accessories, school shoes and more in our Back to School Fashion Guide coming out soon!
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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!
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 backpack is a requirement but if your child can choose their own, this can really add to the excitement of a new school.
If your kids will be lugging around heavy books and lunch boxes, look for an ergonomic school bag (like the featured MoonRock bag – the world’s first schoolbag brand to be endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association). This bag has side pockets (great for carrying water bottles), sturdy shoulder straps, and multiple compartments, plus high-quality materials that’ll withstand being thrown around a bit.
Zalora stocks the iconic Fjallraven Kanken bags made with durable Vinylon F fabric, which repels sweat, great for style-conscious teens. Our littles ones, meanwhile, adore their SkipHop Animal Backpacks (and water bottles, and cutlery…).
No matter what age your child is, nursery to high school, everyone needs a water bottle in hot Singapore. Pupsik Studio has a great selection at great prices, including the ever-popular Skip Hop Zoo line which comes in a wide variety of fun colours and sizes. Look out for BPA- and Phthalate-free bottles for your child’s safety. One of our current faves is the Thermos® FUNtainer Insulated Stainless Steel Straw Bottle (in line with our anti-plastic movement), which keeps cold liquids cold for 12 hours or the soon-to-hot stores in August Thermos® FHL-401FDS Disney-Pixar’s Cars Straw Bottle keeping drinks cold for 6 hours. For older kids, Takashimaya, Tangs and Mustafa have tons of styles to choose from, especially well-loved brands like Sigg, or you can hit up one of the many outdoors-themed stores at Velocity Novena.
Find it: Thermos® FHL-401FDS Disney-Pixar’s Cars Straw Bottle $49 at major department stores from August, Thermos FUNtainer Insulated Stainless Steel Straw Bottle from Pupsik Studio from $24.90 (down from $45.90) or SIGG at Tangs from $49
Also check out: Giant, Tangs, Spotlight
While breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it’s all super important to fuel up your child at lunch so their concentration and energy levels don’t go downhill in the afternoon. Mustafa (store guide here) is the place to find containers of every size, or there are collapsible containers at Mothercare, and themed containers at Spotlight. Look for leak-proof containers if you are packing salads with dressings, dips or pasta with sauce.
While there is something Instagarammably cute about fitting the whole lunch in a bento compartmentalized box like the featured leak-proof 6 compartments YumBox, or the stainless steel LunchBots, it’s also just as easy to pack your kids’ food in 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’s only so many sandwich variations you can make before your kid (and you mama!) get stuck in a rut so we bring you our 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 – and they are all nut-free, too, as per most schools’ requirements.
Pencil Cases and School supplies
If there’s anything that can get kiddos excited for the start of a new school year, it’s the fun, colourful school supplies on offer at Smiggle. We particularly love their pencil cases and the pop-out pencil cases boxes are no end of fun (their backpacks are cute, too!).
Find it: Now You See Me Go Anywhere Pencil Case $22.95 from Smiggle
Also check out: For more basic writing instruments, you can always head to Evergreen Stationery, Giant or Popular
Pens, Markers & 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 arts and crafts selection (and you can earn benefits with their Star Card too).
School Notebooks and Stationery
Forget the kids’ school stuff, us mamas have a little style crush on kikki.K‘s lovely notebooks and diary organisers! Younger kids will love Smiggle for their sweet unicorn themed and sports-themed notebooks while Typo is always high up on the list for paper goods for older kids at reasonable prices too. Tango Mango has a range of stationery and books plus there’s a postal service so you can tick that off your chore list in one shop!
Of course once you’ve purchased all your school 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.
Stuck On You is a fave, with both sticker and iron-on varieties or there’s Sticker Print for waterproof labels. For cheaper and DIY options, you can always resort to the tried and tested method of writing on your supplies with a basic Sharpie!
Find it: Iron On Labels from Stuck on You available at $22.95
Also check out: Muakids, Sticker Kid, Qoo100 (for very cheap labels) and Tiny Me. Just remember to order well in advance, as a number of these places are outside Singapore and shipping can take a while.
Lead image by kikki.K