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6 Must-Have School Supplies for Back to School

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I’ll admit that I’m a nerd. Back to school time was always a favorite for me as a school-aged kid because it meant I got to go school supply shopping. Now, as a mom, it’s even more exciting because I get to head to the store and not only shop for my sons’ school supplies, but also a few school supplies for their teachers.

6 Must-Have School Supplies for Back to School

Here are my 6 must have school supplies for every back to school shopping trip:

6 Must-Have School Supplies for Back to School

1. Elmer’s Glue

6 Must-Have School Supplies for Back to School

Every classroom needs glue. There are arts and crafts throughout the year that calls for that classic, handy 4 oz. bottle of Elmer’s white glue. I’m not sure if kids still slather a layer on their hands, wait for it to dry, and then peel it off, but I do know that it helps bring to life awesome construction paper creations and presentation posters. From 8/13-9/16 pick up Elmer’s glue 4 oz. bottles for only 50¢ each at Kmart stores.

2. Crayola Crayons

6 Must-Have School Supplies for Back to School

Speaking of art projects and presentations, no artistic feat in elementary school is complete without a box of Crayola crayons. Oh, the creative possibilities these wonderful, waxy utensils can bring to life. From 7/30-9/16 pick up 24-count boxes of Crayola crayons for only 50¢ on sale at Kmart stores.

3. Ticonderoga Yellow Pencils

When there’s non-artistic work to be done, the kids need writing utensils. Enter the classic, yellow No. 2 pencil. Nothing beats a neatly sharpened pencil for writing essays and taking tests. From 8/13-9/16 pick up a 24-count box of Ticonderoga yellow pencils for only $4.00 at Kmart stores.

4. Paper-Mate Write Bros Ball Point Pens

For my older son who is now a senior in high school (yipes when did that happen?!), his school supply list includes pens. Mostly for filling out college admissions forms (sob!) and completing his senior finals (double wah!). From 8/13-9/16 pick up a 10-pack of Paper-Mate Write Bros Ball Point Pens for only $1.50 at Kmart stores.

5. Sharpie Markers

Take a breath! These Sharpie markers are for the school supplies I like to provide the teacher at back to school time. Perfect for grading papers and creating interactive pieces for teaching, I always love to send my kids to school with a box of these for their teachers. From 7/30-9/16 pick up a 2-pack of Sharpie markers for only 99¢ at Kmart stores.

6. Expo Dry Erase Markers

6 Must-Have School Supplies for Back to School

From chalkboards to whiteboards, the front of the classroom has definitely changed since I’ve gone to school. Most of my sons’ classrooms have a dry-erase board at the front of the room and a dry-erase board at their desk for problem-solving or “showing their work” during subjects like math. Sending them to school with some dry-erase markers for themselves and for their teacher at the front of the class is simple and almost totally necessary. From 8/13-9/16 pick up a pack of Expo dry erase markers for only $3.99 at Kmart stores.

What must-have school supplies are on your back to school shopping list?