The summer has drawn to a close and your kids may be in the process of, or have already, gone back to school.

If you are still getting all of the last-minute bits they need, here’s our inspirational list of essentials for studying in style:


All the pens, pencils, glue and folders that your child could possibly need are currently three for two at kid’s favourite Paperchase. Just because they’re essentials doesn’t mean they can’t be pretty, right?

Pencil case

Kids love making a statement with their pencil case choice, so they will probably want to choose a design that looks great as well as being practical!

Young children will love the fun lego buildable pencil case, and Cath Kidston do a pretty floral design perfect for girly girls.



If last term’s school bag is no longer up to scratch, Babymel’s range of single backpacks, backpacks with attached lunch bag, and food bags are the ideal choice for busy kids. The fun patterns are all original and designed in-house, with ‘Buzzy Bee’ and ‘Tea party’ for the girls, and ‘Space Rocket’, ‘Pow Boy’ and ‘Truck’ for the boys.

The bags include plenty of useful features, such as padded shoulder straps, external bottle pocket, pen pocket, wipe clean linings, cutlery holder and grab top handle. The Explorer range has a detachable lunch bag, so it can also be used at the weekend when carrying lunch around isn’t necessary.


Everybody loves the cool and classic range of Moleskine notebooks. The watercolour notebook has perforated edges, so masterpieces can be removed from the book easily without risking a rip. With sturdy covers and elastic closing, they are built to last being bashed around in a school bag.


Lap desk

The prospect of sitting at a table to do their homework is not particularly appealing to a lot of kids. Invest in a handy lap desk, so your kids can sit on the sofa or in their room to do their homework in comfort. This one can be personalised with a child’s name, and even includes a small lamp!

Essential electronics

Encouraging your child to become computer literate at a young age will be beneficial as they grow older. There are a number of tablets made specifically for kids, which include educational games. Take a look at these reviews to find the right one for your child.