Bear & bloom’s top picks for starting school and what a significant year this has been

Written on 2nd September, 2020
Has there ever been a more significant September than this year?

If you have a little one who is starting preschool/school for the first time or they are returning after an unexpectedly long break then it’s quite likely that this years ‘Back to School’ is even more highly anticipated than usual.

If you have been homeschooling and/or juggling work followed by an exceptionally unusual summer then it might be that the return to the school routine is the answer to your prayers! But while the prospect of a fresh, new school year is very exciting it’s fair to say that it can feel a little overwhelming.

It has been a challenging time but we are sure that schools are doing all that they can to ease the nation’s children into the new term and be mindful of their emotional well being.

With so many shops promoting traditional back to school ranges we decided to curate a list of our favourite items from small businesses that are sure to help the new term start with a smile!

The Tale of Starting School

The Tale of Starting School from Tales of Me books is and incredible gift to help familiarise children with their new school and routines before they begin. It also makes the most precious of keepsakes to look back on in years to come.

Children are encouraged to take and stick in their own photographs as well as colouring and filling in blanks to personalise their very own book to keep forever. Once completed it will help to make sure that children are ready to start, ready to learn and most importantly ready to have fun and enjoy school!

The lovely folk at Tales of Me have also created a free downloadable resource to help with returning to school after Covid.

Honey and Toast

Honey and Toast’s bags are handcrafted in Somerset from beautiful leathers and are utterly bursting with old-school quality and charm!

The entire range is nothing short of scrummy but our back to school pick of the bunch has to be the ‘Rocket scooter satchel‘. Practical and stylish it’s sure to make the school run juggle a little easier!

“Offering function and form in an equal partnership this super stylish compact backpack easily attaches with poppers to scooter or bike handlebars. Once you hit your destination, pop it off and use the backpack straps to explore by foot and collect interesting finds as you go.”

Whilst lockdown has been full of challenges for parents we cannot forget that the past 6 months have been equally unprecedented for our little ones. Providing our children ways to express themselves in a healthy and mindful way not only makes for happier children but is sure to support a positive learning mindset.

Happy Little Doers

Whilst this post is inspired by starting or going back to school we are well aware that school is not the only environment that children learn and thrive in. Many children are home educated and some simply enjoy and benefit from further learning outside of a traditional school environment.

What is true of all children is that they are born ready, able and eager to learn. That’s why the ‘Learn by Doing’ number flashcards by Happy Little Doers have been designed to ensure your little one can reach their full potential. Count all the way to 110, do simple sums and learn to associate the numbers with the words and numbers with the dots.

These simple hands-on cards are ideal to help preschoolers and early years to learn their numbers, boost confidence, and develop more understanding about simple sums.


Read the full article written by the lovely bear and bloom here. Please note that these are not advertisements or paid for posts and all opinions of bear and bloom!

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