Ultimate Back-to-School Supply Checklists

by Parent Co. August 11, 2015

As kids get older, outfitting them with everything they need to learn becomes increasingly expensive - over an average $100 per student. It also becomes increasingly complicated.

Checklists To Make School Supply Shopping Easy

We created four school supply checklists: kindergarten, grades 1 -3, grades 4 - 6, middle school, and high school. Each checklist item links to a recommended product on Amazon.com. We picked the best items for the best price, based on ratings, experience, and value. For example, at $10 per 3-pack, the top-rated everyday pens aren't a great value for kids who will likely lose them. Instead get the 32-pack of BIC Soft Feel pens for $8.99; besides being cheap, they're also highly-rated. At the bottom of each list is a link to a printable PDF of the checklist, along with a link to an Amazon Wishlist with all the items on that list. (We don't collect affiliate fees from Amazon or any of the manufacturers.) Click here to view our picks for back-to-school gear like water bottles, alarm clocks, and backpacks.

School Supply Checklist for Kindergarten

View the complete wishlist on Amazon

School Supply Checklist for Elementary Grades 1-3

View the complete wishlist on Amazon.com

School Supply Checklist for Elementary Grades 4-6

View the complete wishlist on Amazon.com

School Supply Checklist for Middle School

View the complete wishlist on Amazon

School Supply Checklist for High School

View the complete wishlist on Amazon

More Resources

An all-in-one School Tool Box or a Crayola supply pack are alternatives to a la carte school supply shopping. The Sweethome has some smart product picks. If you have a little money left over from shopping, we recommend donating to Kids In Need. They provide free school supplies nationally to students most in need, and have a top score from Charity Navigator.



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