For a functional, versatile and economical lunch box, opt for a Sistema plastic container (£ 7, Amazon). The bento box style has movable compartments for your child’s different lunch items and a sealed jar for yogurt or fruit. It is also dishwasher safe.
However, if you fancy something a little more fun, Cath Kidston also has a charming range of pictorial lunch bags and water bottles (£ 18 for a lunch bag). Tinc, a brand specializing in colorful and characterful accessories for kids, has larger-than-life lunch bags that are sure to cheer up kids reluctant to go back to school (£ 17.50).
If your child has a tendency to lose things, an expensive water bottle might not be the solution, but if they’re a little older, an insulted Chillys bottle is the best of the best (£ 20, Amazon ).
The best stationery for the start of the school year
There are few things more satisfying than a brand new pencil and a brand new notebook. One way to encourage reluctant learners is to encourage fun stationery – who hasn’t been enlivened by a fancy pencil case or set of colorful felt tips?
Of course, other than black pens, pencils, and a case to store them, perhaps with a ruler and protractor, most school supplies are unnecessary. You can purchase a handy stationery set for older kids that includes math instruments, ball and handwriting pens, pencils, a folding ruler, and erasers (£ 12.23, Amazon). But if you’re looking for a trendy treat or extras, read on …