Gear Up for School
It’s school supply time! Figure out what you already have, what you can repurpose, and what you need to get (and no, you really don’t need 400 glue sticks—unless you’re the teacher!).
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What school supplies do we already have at home and what do we need to buy or find?
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Why Are Pencils Yellow?
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1. Check what supplies you have left over from last year (pencils, crayons, coloring pencils, notebooks, etc.)—you may have more than you think!
2. If you have a backpack, find it and empty it out completely. Hopefully you can reuse it this year, but it might need a good cleaning. Check out the Explore section to learn out how!
3. By now, your school has probably posted or sent out a list of supplies you’ll need next year. Working with a parent or family member, find the list and print it or write out a new list of any items you’ll need to buy. Remember to cross off anything you already have from last year. Then take a look at our list of Surprisingly Useful School Stuff and see if you need anything on there.
DIY Desk Supplies
Lots of things you already have around the house can be repurposed to make really nice office supplies. Rescue an empty pasta sauce jar before it goes in the recycling, dress it up in some tissue paper or paint (or leave it plain!), and voila—you’ve got a new cup for pens and pencils! A lot of old packaging can be reused, too: Bubble envelopes, plastic or cardboard fruit containers, and small cloth or plastic bags can all be useful for holding small items like cords, paper clips, and art supplies. It’s easier to find what you’re looking for if you keep similar objects together in smaller containers.