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Back to School Essentials for Mums

Starting the school year off on the right foot requires you to have some supplies at home. I know, you’re thinking, “Really…. I need more school supplies?” Yes, you do. All of these back to school essentials to have at home are important to have because it puts in place a routine and expectations for your children to follow. This is where the foundation of an education begins, at home.

Make sure you're as organised as your kids are at the beginning of the year with these back to school essentials for mums and the home.

Back to School Essentials to have at Home

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This unit helps keep all of your kids school supplies in one spot. Even though it is compact, there is lots of cubby space to use with this unit. You can even get the wall unit and expand the space even more. These two pieces of furniture would work well within a center that is also near to your Child’s Desk (it comes in a few different finishes too). This gives your kids a place to keep up on their studies without misplacing their work or supplies. It also keeps everything in one place!

Stackable Wooden Cubby Storage Unit
  • Great in the Garden for tools & pots, at your entrance for hats & scarves, in your room, walk-in closet, & more!
  • Comprised of six side cubbies with upturned lip to keep items stowed, this multi-functional Cubby also has a larger center compartment with removable divider for more flexible storage options.
  • With the feet removed, two units can be stacked to create versatile shelf combinations.
  • Wood is Kiln Dried & Treated with Natural Color Stain to Enhance the Appearance & Durability of the Furniture.
  • Easy To Assemble, Easy to Follow Assembly Instructions & Hardware Included. Phillips Screwdriver Required.


You can use this magnetic calendar for younger kiddos. There are sections for the days of the week, weather, activities, seasons, moods, and more. It is a great way to introduce your student to a calendar. I would recommend this calendar for kids ages preschool through 2nd grade.

Melissa & Doug My First Daily Magnetic Activities Calendar For Kids, Weather And Seasons Calendar For Preschoolers and Ages 3+ (Pack of 1)
  • Daily magnetic calendar: The Melissa & doug my magnetic daily calendar displays the day of the week, date, weather, and special events; comes with 80 magnets, which include years, months, days of the week, holidays, emotions, and more
  • Two fabric hinged dry erase boards: This kids’ daily calendar comes with a pair of fabric hinged dry erase boards, 1 featuring the calendar template, and 1 that is blank and can be used for magnet storage
  • Encourages communication: Our Melissa & doug daily calendar encourages children to communicate with family members and friends, as their anticipation of upcoming events and special occasions is displayed on the calendar
  • Great gift for kids 3 to 7: This Magnetic Daily Calendar is an exceptional gift for kids ages 3 to 7 years; Add the Melissa & Doug Magnetic Responsibility Chart to round out the hands on learning experience
  • The gold standard in childhood play: for more than 30 years, Melissa & Doug has created beautifully designed imagination- and creativity-sparking products that nbc news called “the gold standard in early childhood play.”

Make your own No Sew Pencil case for keeping the school supplies in.


Older kids will get more use out of this calendar. You can hang it on the wall and fill in daily calendar appointments and keep track of activities. Use this calendar to help kids manage their time better and keep track of their schedule.


If you are in need of a place to store all of those pencils, paints, paper, and supplies, this 12 drawer organizer is the perfect solution.

Honey-Can-Do Rolling Storage Cart and Organizer with 12 Plastic Drawers
  • Ideal storage for home, classroom, crafts or art studios
  • Semi-transparent large storage drawers for easy viewing
  • Locking wheels provide maneuverability and stability when needed
  • Can function as an additional workspace
  • Assembly tools and instructions included


Keep track of important notes, lists, and whatever else you need to write down or remember with this cork and white board combo. This one is nice because it doesn’t take up too much wall space. Don’t forget to pick up a pack of push pins and dry erase markers.

Lorell Combo Board, Dry-Erase/Cork, 24″x36″
  • White dry-erase and natural cork surfaces
  • Aluminum frame with rounded black corners
  • Marker tray keeps markers and accessories at hand
  • Form factor: Bulletin Board


Depending on the age of your children, there are certain flash cards you should keep on hand at home. This will give your kids the practice they need to learn. For preschool and kingergarten aged kids, I like to use this set of Eric Carle Flashcards. There is so much included in this set of flashcards including reward stickers. Multiplication Flash Cards are also a great one to have on hand.

School Zone – Multiplication 0-12 Flash Cards – Ages 8+, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, Elementary Math, Multiplication Facts, Common Core, and More
  • Golden Scholar Club redemption code
  • 55 Problem Cards made of thick, durable cardstock
  • Parent Card with usage tips
  • 110 multiplication problems from 0 x 0 to 12 x 12
  • Correct answers in small print on reverse side of card


Pencils are a must have in our house. They always go missing so quickly! Keep them in stock with this huge supply of No. 2 pencils.

Colore #2 Pencils With Eraser Tops – HB Graphite/No 2 Yellow Wood Pencil Great School Art Supplies For Writing, Drawing & Sketching – Suitable For Kids & Adults – 144 Count
  • BULK SUPPLY: This set comes in a box of 12 packs of HB / #2 Unsharpened Pencils. Each pack contains 12 Number 2 Yellow Pencils. Great art school supplies for your kids with these 144 count of writing pencils. Made from high quality real poplar wood and 100% genuine graphite pencil core. These No 2 pencils come with 100% Non-Toxic latex free pink top erasers.
  • PERFECT GIFTS: Makes a wonderful present on Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, Birthday and Graduation for your teens, preschool or high school teachers. Any kids that love to draw and sketch would dream having these in their back to school supplies and craft collection. College students or adults that are in the education field loves the convenience of the eraser tops. These lightweight and durable No. 2 pencils kit will also keep your toddlers busy doodling around on their sketchbooks.
  • MULTI USES: Great for home schooling for stay at home moms, math classes, office use, ideal for general use in idea development, sketching, drawing and lots more. Easy to sharpen pencils and cap erasers makes it effortless for pre school kids in their drawing and sketching activities.
  • EXCELLENT QUALITY: All Pencils are uniquely designed and manufactured for art enthusiasts, as well as aspiring and professional artists. The black lead pencil core makes your writing looks nice and sharp.
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEE: Premium Collection of 12 Sets, with each set containing 12 Non Sharpened HB Pencils with Pink Pearl Eraser Tops! We are so confident that you’ll love these HB Pencils Set that we’re giving you a 365-DAY “Better Than Money Back” Guarantee. Get yours NOW!


Keep all of those pencils sharpened with this pencil sharpener. Makes sharpening pencils a breeze.

X-ACTO 1818LMR XLR Office Electric Pencil Sharpener, Charcoal Black
  • Sold as 1 Each.
  • Pencil Saver feature prevents over-sharpening.
  • SafeStart motor stops shaving when bin is removed.
  • Slip-resistant bottom keeps the pencil sharpener steady.
  • Colored pencil compatible.

Are you children starting school for the first time – are they a little bit nervous? Check out our Starting School Books that you can read together and help ease your child into the new school year


Keep all of those milestones, drawings, report cards and more safe in this keepsake book. Lovely way to keep these precious mementoes and memories safe.

My School Years Journal & Keepsake: Preschool to 12th Grade
  • Lluch, Alex A. (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 60 Pages – 05/28/2013 (Publication Date) – WS Publishing Group (Publisher)

Why not get creative and make some of our your own Back to School Essentials like these fantastic back to school upcycles from Baby Budgeting.

Make sure you're as organised as your kids are at the beginning of the year with these back to school essentials for mums and the home.
Make sure you're as organised as your kids are at the beginning of the year with these back to school essentials for mums and the home.
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, teacher, mum, and home educator from the UK. She loves getting creative, whether it is with simple and easy crafts and ideas, activities to make learning fun, or delicious recipes that you and your kids can cook together you'll find them all shared here on Rainy Day Mum.


  1. Oh, I love the cubby boxes… and the calendar… and the cork board…. umm yeah… All of this just appeals to me. Great ideas to stock up for going back to school.

  2. I might have to invest in an electric pencil sharpener as I feel like I spend my life sharpening pencils!!

  3. Great list, love the kids calendar to help them be organised!

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