Choosing the Right Backpack for Kindergarten Students
Buying a backpack for back to school is a time-honored ritual in most families. When you are choosing a backpack for a kindergarten or elementary school student, you have to get it right. It should be sized to fit your child comfortably, cool enough for school and roomy enough to carry workbooks, show and tell items, and lunch. The selections below are all that and more.
Jansport Kids Backpacks
Jansport set the standard for school backpacks in the late 1960s, and has been fine-tuning its design for different wearers ever since. Children aged five through 12 are no exception, and Jansport’s small-scale backpacks come in designs that especially appeal to kids.
As your young child has probably reminded you when you were out shopping for school clothes, a backpack is an essential school supply from kindergarten on up. To be sure you select wisely from the variety of backpacks for elementary kids currently available, keep these safety tips in mind:
- Choose a pack with wide, padded shoulder straps and back
- Make sure there are two straps for even weight distribution
- Choose a pack that is lightweight when unloaded
- Make sure the pack is adjustable to fit your child’s frame
JanSport SuperBreak Backpack – Flamingo Garden
These elementary backpacks meet the above criteria, which are important for ensuring your child can use it daily without damage to the back, muscles and joints. The manufacturer’s miniature models are especially suited to kindergarten and grade one students. For example, the Half Pint FX Backpack holds just over 10 liters of gear in a main compartment and exterior zippered pouch. With approximate dimensions of 10 x 12 x 6 inches, it is sized right for the smaller set, and easy zipper openings make packing and unpacking it a snap.
The North Face Youth Recon Squash Backpack
One of the coolest backpack brands with high school students, The North Face has a lot to offer in elementary backpacks too. For example, the Youth Recon Squash Backpack is scaled for kids at about half the size of the adult version and padded shoulder straps with a breakaway sternum clasp designed with a smaller form in mind. It comes in a trio of kid-friendly shades – a blue granite/lime green combo, Dahlia Purple Cloud, and Turkish Sea/Hyper Blue. A foam panel on the back helps increase your child’s comfort level while plenty of pockets secure school supplies and snacks.
Fjallraven Kanken Mini Backpack
Nothing could be cuter on the first day of kindergarten than your child, decked out in new school clothes and wearing the Fjallraven Kanken mini backpack. It not only comes in more colors than the rainbow, but it features cool knapsack styling, rugged construction and a reflective safety logo on the water-resistant Vinylon F exterior. With seven liters of cargo space, your kindergarten of first-grade student will have ample space for workbooks, markers and show-and-tell without being overloaded.
Vans Realm Backpack
One of the coolest skateboard brands is naturally a cool choice for your elementary school child, and VANs delivers with its Disney Punk Mickey Realm pack. With 22 liters of carrying space, this pack will see your kids through the primary grades beyond. A roomy exterior zippered pouch is perfect for the stuff that needs to stay handy, like a snack pack of trail mix, a juice box and small school essentials. Top zippered closure opens wide so tablets, art supplies and toys are easy to find. The padded shoulder straps adjust as your child grows.
Disney Small Landlock SE II Backpack
If roomier backpacks for elementary kids are what you are looking for, the full-sized Disney backpacks series offers cool illustrations from Disney movies are popular with early learners. “Incredibles” themed boys backpacks and girl backpacks are sure to suit fans of Disney’s Magic Kingdom. Be sure to check out the Nixon Small Landlock SE II Backpack too. In honor of Mickey’s 90th anniversary, it features front straps that hold a skateboard, a laptop compartment and lots of padding. The prismatic mouse ear print will put your kids at the head of the class.
Vans Realm Backpack
For the budding fashionista, Dakine offers smaller-scale packs in chic colors and designs, such as the Cosmo Canvas 6.5-liter pack, the cammo-print, 18-liter Mission Mini, and the 21-liter 365 Canvas Backpack. With all of the safety and cargo features that serve your child best, these durable yet stylish backpacks are sure winner.