With COVID-19 showing no signs of leaving anytime soon, returning to school in 2021 will certainly look different this year. Sending your kids back to school is worrying, sure, but there’s no denying that we all need to learn to “live with the “virus” Luckily, the past 18 months have given us the tools to be better prepared for this upcoming school year.
The shopping cart of most Americans doesn’t only include pens, pencils, and books this year, but also supplies that will ensure a safe return to the school routine, and provide somewhat of a normal learning environment.
Here are the 5 items you want to supply your kids with this year, as they get back to their school desks:
- Masks and Hand Sanitizers
The first item on the list is as obvious as it is essential. When you send your kids back to school, you want to make sure that they’re protected as much as you can control it. If they haven’t got a few cool ones already, that’s definitely the time to get your kids a couple of masks that they like, feel comfortable with, and provides them the protection they need. Target has a wide selection of both reusable and disposable masks with lovely patterns that kids love. When it comes to hand sanitizers for your kids, make sure to get ones that are kid-friendly in all aspects: effective, harmless, easy to carry, and looking great. Here’s a good place to start comparing the different kid-friendly hand sanitizers options.
- Bento Lunch Boxes
Long gone are the days when kids could exchange halves of sandwiches between them. But that doesn’t mean that your kids’ lunch break should be any less fun! Bento lunch boxes are a great way of supplying your kids with a variety of nutritious foods in hygienic packaging, making it all the more exciting for them to look forward to their break. Check out this recent New York Times article to find out more about the best lunch boxes for your children.
- Portable Air Purifiers
If the thought of your kid sitting in a classroom with a few other dozens of kids makes you move uncomfortably in your chair - it’s a good idea to put a good quality portable air purifier in their school bag. Aura Air Mini is a great option for keeping your kids safe while giving you some peace of mind: It cleans the room from almost all airborne bacteria and viruses (yes, including COVID-19!), and fits into school bags easily. Your kids can sit with it on their desk, and they’ll have up to 6 hours of (rechargeable) protection - which is the average length of a school day.
Although many schools will open up their physical doors and classrooms, it’s important to remember that things can change any day now - and the kids might need to get back to studying in front of their computers. Studying from home has become common practice, but you want your kids want to learn something this year. Though it might be tricky to change your internet infrastructure or settings, there are things you can control - like the headsets your kids are using while studying virtually. Here’s a helpful list of good, affordable, safe headphones for your kids that will assist them in learning from home.
- Fidget Toys and Chairs
From stress balls to fidget spinners or cubes, it’s becoming increasingly tougher and tougher to stay concentrated in class. Walmart offers a wide array of toys that can help your child keep their hands busy and their minds free to focus on what’s going on in class. If sitting down is a challenging task by itself, then maybe the traditional chair just isn’t for them? You can check Amazon’s selection of solutions for kids with happy feet and busy minds.
If preparation and awareness are key, it’s worth mentioning that it’s not only the sort of items that will be added up to the back-to-school shopping cart of 2021, but also how the shopping process will look. According to a recent Google report, 71% of U.S. shoppers are willing to wait over two weeks to buy their supplies on a sale. On the other hand, half of the same population would also prefer shopping at stores offering a pickup or curbside service - so the shopping experience might not be as hectic as it had been before.
Yes, going back to school this year can feel more overwhelming than any other previous year. But there are ways to start the school year on the right foot while keeping everyone safe. In any case, do keep in touch with your school, ask about their requirements, and remember - we’re still all in this together. Have a safe and happy school year!