Back to School Shopping
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This hunt is a fun one to do with the kids and makes back to school shopping fun and a little easier on the parents, grandparents and caregivers.  

Let's face it, this is a busy time of year and anything to lighten the mood and engage your kids in a helpful, meaningful and fun way is always appreciated!  Plus it's a fun end of summer activity that helps prepare them for a successful start to the new school year.

Your first step is to start by creating a back to school shopping list beforehand of all the back to school supplies that your kids will need.  Be sure to involve the children when making the scavenger hunt list and look at any supply list that the child's teacher has sent home.

Below these instructions, you'll find a sample list of things you may want to add.

Once you get to the store, usually a big box store like Target will have everything you need for school shopping, give a list to each of the kids and have them start their scavenger hunt.

Back to School Supply List Ideas:

  • Pencils

  • Pens

  • Lined Notebook Paper

  • Crayons

  • Markers

  • Tape

  • Stapler

  • Staples

  • Notebooks

  • Three-ring Binder

  • Paper Clips

  • Glue

  • Folders

You may also want to sprinkle in some back to school clothes as well - to get your shopping done all at one time and send your kids to different sections of the store.  Here's a few ideas....

Back to School Clothing Ideas:

  • New shoes

  • New gym clothes

  • New jeans

  • New polo shirts

  • Outfit for school pictures

  • New raincoat

  • One really fun outfit that you child loves!

However you decide to set up your scavenger hunt, make it fun for the kids.  Treat them to popcorn or ice cream afterwards.  Allow them to buy one special treat for school - maybe a new school lunchbox, a new backpack or new trendy outfit.  The more fun they have gearing up for the new school year, the more enjoyable it will be for you as well.  

Happy shopping!

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