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Absolute Must Haves for Back to School This Year

Back to school is right around the corner. My bunch start on September 4th. It seems like so far away right now, but it will be here before we know it! Usually, at this time I am scrambling to make sure we have all the Back-to-School must have items that every child will need. This year? It’s a little bit different. Although six kids, yes 6! Will be heading to school, I feel content with knowing we have the majority of the items we will need to ensure a good start to the school year!

I have kids of all different grades starting, and I think it’s important to make sure all their needs are met, and all the products they’ll need throughout the school year fit with their grade.

If you are getting ready to send your kids back to school, be sure to stop and pick up some of these items, as they’ll need them! Of course, the obvious things kids will need are pencils, erasers and note books but Papermate InkJoy Gel Pens, Sharpie Markers, EXPO Marker, and Elmer’s Glue are among the must-haves on my list this back-to-school season.

Elmer’s School Glue

An important must have for any grade! Elmer’s school glue has been a staple in our home, and our schools since I was a child. Because it’s the primary ingredient in the latest trend that’s been oozing through school hallways AND cyberspace: slime! Elmer’s clear formula dries clear – perfect for making custom-coloured or glitter slime – and its smooth application creates a permanent bond that works on all types of paper, including cardboard, foam board,
display board, computer paper and more. It is washable, acid-free, photo safe and non-toxic – perfect for slime, school projects, and other artistic creations. Elmer’s Glue is available at Walmart, Staples and Loblaws and retails between $1.99 (120mL) – $29.99 (3.8L).


If you have kids, you’ve been hearing a lot about Mr Sketch because these are the must haves of any school aged child right now!

Mr.Sketch are scented markers and crayons that have fun scents like blueberry, apple, orange and grape! Available in a wide variety of products such as Scented washable markers, scented twistable crayons, and gel crayons there is something for everyone, every age and every grade!


This year send them to school with Sharpie Clear View stick highlighters and Sharpie fine permanent markers. Perfect for the older kid, but good for the younger ones who need colour burst and need to write on a variety of different surfaces.

Sharpie’s line of permanent markers can write on a variety of surfaces and come in an array of colours to brighten up school work or add a bold touch to hobbies or other projects. Start the school year off right with the limited edition Sharpie Color Burst permanent markers, which feature intensely bright, supercharged shades to create energizing visuals that always stand out.

Like all Sharpie markers, the Color Burst marker features bold, vivid ink that’s quick drying, water resistant and permanent for lasting impressions on almost any surface, including paper, plastic, metal, wood and more. Whatever your project, you can confidently and boldly ignite your expressions with a Sharpie.

Sharpie Highlighters
Sharpie Clear View Highlighters have a unique, see-through tip for precise and even highlighting all the way across the page. With Sharpie Clear View, the transparent tip ensures you can see exactly what you’re highlighting, so you’ll always know when to stop. Available in four bright colours, Sharpie Clear View has Smear Guard ink technology that resists smudging of many pen and marker inks. Sharpie Clear View Highlighters are available at, Walmart and Loblaws and retail for $6.99.


Looking to send a special treat along to your child’s teacher that is sure to please and start the school year off right? Celebrate Teachers with EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator!

EXPO Dry Erase Makers with Ink Indicator

Forget the apples – here’s a back-to-school gift teachers will love. For a teacher, there’s nothing more frustrating than running out of ink right in the middle of an engaging lesson. But with the clear ink barrel of EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator, teachers can now see exactly how much ink is left in the markers and avoid a #TeacherFail. Available in six bold and bright colours to keep teachers organised and classroom lessons fun, EXPO Dry Erase Markers feature highly-visible, low odour ink and a versatile chisel tip that can mark broad, medium and fine lines. EXPO Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator are available at Walmart, Staples and Loblaws in pack sizes ranging from two to six markers from $7.29 – $18.82.


One of my favourite parts of back-to-school, when I was going to school, was the shopping. Getting new clothes and shoes, backpacks and binders was ok but buying all the products you can write with, draw with and get creative with all year long was my most favourite part of all. I can tell you. Also, my kids love it too.

While the thought of back-to-school has them pretty bummed, they are also excited because they’ll have everything they need to be successful at their new school this year, and as a mom arming them with the tools to feel confident and fruitful from day 1 makes my job a lot less stressful, and brings a sense of calmness over me that the back-to-school season tends to rev up!

Disclosure: This post is in partnership with Elmer’s School Glue, Mr.Sketch, Sharpie, and EXPO Dry Erase Markers. As always, all opinions are my own.

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