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25 essential back-to-school sale picks for elementary students — from $3

·6 min read
Fitbit, Fiskars, Crayola, Hanes
Satisfy all their back-to-school shopping wants and needs for way less! (Photos: Amazon)

Excitement and anticipation are building as the first day of school nears. We're here to help keep stress and expense out of the equation as you knock out that back-to-school shopping once and for all. Perhaps you still have a few things to cross off the teacher's supply list. Maybe your kiddo needs a new lunch box, a solid backpack plus some awesome clothing that isn't a size too small. Luckily, we've found loads of school supplies on sale, and Amazon's back-to-school section is stocked with savings.

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As the mom of a grade-schooler myself, I was excited to see that Amazon has set up this special one-stop spot, dedicated to helping us parents cross off those last items from our school shopping checklists so we can soak up this last bit of summer with our kiddos. Here are 25 awesome essentials on sale to get your elementary student. (And if you are looking for the cutest school supplies, we have you covered there, too).

Ready, set, go!


Fiskars Safety Scissors, Pointed Tip, 5 Inch, 3 Pack

$6$10Save $4
$6 at Amazon

Safety first! These scissors are worry-free, thanks to the special angled design, while also featuring a pointed tip that allows for detailed cutting. Great for lefties and righties alike. Keep a pair in their backpack, in the classroom and at home.

A five-star fan wrote: "They work equally well with my 8-year-old right hander and my 6-year-old leftie. They are a great size for them." "Love these," offered another. "Nice little scissors. Not so small that my adult hands can't use them and sharp enough to cut what you need it to. But also great for older kids who need actually functional scissors. You can't go wrong with Fiskars!"


Crayola Colored Pencils, Assorted Colors, 50 Count

$7$13Save $6
$7 at Amazon

A great deal on a full set of 50 Crayola colored pencils! They're sharpened up and ready to go. The soft core reduces chances of breakage and their nontoxic. These are the ones you want.

"So many colors, so much fun," raved one reviewer. "My daughter and I love these. Great for school projects and assignments."


Comfortsoft Ecosmart Full-zip Hoodie Hooded Sweatshirt

$15$21Save $6
$15 at Amazon

Classrooms get chilly. This Hanes hoodie is the perfect layer all school-year long. Choose from six colors in youth sizes Small to X-large.

This No. 1 bestseller has nearly 7,000 five-star reviews! An 11-year-old fan who has been wearing these hoodies for four or five years wrote (via their parent), "It's super comfortable. They last a really long time. I had one I wore to school for 2 years before I gave it away. And I've had to wash these a lot. I live in the South so winters don't get really cold here but they are perfect for both fall and winter here. I would definitely recommend this hoodie. And my mom says you can't beat the price."


Ticonderoga Wood-Cased Pencils, No. 2, 24 Count

$5$9Save $4
$5 at Amazon

Over 42,000 fans (including lots of teachers) say these are the No. 2 pencils to get. And they're over 50% off! Nuff said.

Be the teacher's pet-parent. One teacher testifies: "The best pencils that money can buy! As a teacher, I know my office supplies...These pencils sharpen well...and the eraser is great! It's not a smudgy eraser, and it doesn't break off when it is used. If you are still not sure about buying these pencils, see a teacher's eyes light up when you mention 'Ticonderoga' pencils. I guarantee these are their favorites, and they feel as passionately about these pencils as I do...So, make a teacher's day, and buy these pencils for their classroom. You will automatically be a favorite in their book."


Elmer's Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks, 30-pack

$12$25Save $14
$12 at Amazon

If you need to stock up on glue sticks, you don't want to miss this 66% off deal from Elmer's, the name in all things glue!

These will get your crafty kiddos not only through the school year but also through long weekends, holidays, breaks and then some. Nab a box for your child's homeroom and art teachers. "Do you want to make an elementary school teacher happy? Give them this," writes a five-star reviewer. "I've taught first grade for nine years. You would be surprised by how many glue sticks a first grader uses in a typical year. You might think that we asked for a lot of glue sticks at the beginning of the year but I can almost guarantee you that those glue sticks will be gone by Christmas. The rest of the year the teacher buys the glue sticks."


Fitbit Ace 3 Activity Tracker, Minions Special Edition

$62$80Save $18
$62 at Amazon

Whether your child needs inspo to walk to school or help learning to manage their time, the popular Fitbit Ace 3 is a solid pick. It even has a sleep reminder and sleep tracker to ensure your child is well rested.

"The Fitbit Ace 3 that we have is going strong — through sports, getting wet, and the daily wear and tear of a 6-year-old," writes one of the 4,200-plus five-star fans. "But CHECK THIS.. the battery life is just INCREDIBLE. This Ace 3 holds a charge for 3 to t4 weeks easily. Easily... I’m just blown away. They said the battery life was upgraded to 8 days, but going almost a month without charge is just amazing. Well done, Fitbit. Well done." Plus, the fan added, "as promised, Fitbit has updated the app to include new Minion animated faces! Kid loves it, thanks! :)"


Lorelei X6 Over-Ear Headphones with Microphone

$17$25Save $8
$17 at Amazon

Tech is part of school now and forevermore, but school-issued headsets can be a drag. These tangle-free, foldable, lightweight over-ear headphones include a mic and a fun pop of color. (You may even want to snag some for yourself.)

These versatile headphones have over 5,400 five-star fans, including young children and adults alike. "My 9-year-old says they are comfortable," writes a happy parent. "My son loves these. He’s so picky on how [headphones] feel on his ears. Would highly recommend!!" Another reviewer raves: "Large, soft, over the ear covers. Corded, with phone answering button. Noise-reducing. Light feeling while wearing." Note: They're on sale for just $15 in black!


2-in-1 insulated backpack and lunch bag

$33$50Save $17
$33 at Amazon

A backpack and insulated lunch/snack bag in one, this cutie is utilitarian, water-resistant, comfy — and a bargain. There are 10 awesome patterns to choose from, and some have on-page coupons that will save you a couple of bucks.

This multifunctional pack has a very impressive 4.8-star rating overall. One fan raved, "Got this for my kindergartener. This is a very good quality backpack. Very spacious with a bonus lunch bag feature...quite innovative. The backpack can hold my son's Chromebook and has space remaining for other items." Another added: "The ice pack we use is still half frozen when my daughter gets home!"


Kids Leak-Proof, 5-Compartment Bento-Style Lunch Box

$28$40Save $12
$28 at Amazon

This leakproof, BPA-free lunch box comes in five fun colors and is a great size for early elementary. The compartments make it easy to keep everything fresh, and it fits perfectly in the insulated lunch section of the matching backpack (above). Be sure to click the on-page coupon!

My own rising 3rd grader, who has been loving her Bentgo lunchbox since preschool, said she would give this model five stars, just as some 23,000 other fans on Amazon have. "Excellent for preschool kids and elementary kids...and adults too!" writes a pleased reviewer. "I purchased these for my two little kids...AMAZING! The portion size is excellent. I love the little circle spot in the middle...I will put raisins with a couple of chocolate drops in it or sometimes their multi-vitamins. My kids love that their food doesn't touch, and I love that the lunch box doesn't leak...They are very easy to clean...They are small enough for little hands to carry and pack in their lunch bags...The boxes have a grippy strip on the outside, so they don't slip on the table when the kids are eating."


Levenis Kids KN95 multicolor face masks, 50 Pack

$15$40Save $25
$15 at Amazon

What a bargain! This bestselling 50-pack of KN95s saves you money (they come to just 30 cents each), while protecting your child and giving them color options.

This affordable KN95 for kids is a No. 1 bestseller with over 18,000 five-star ratings. A happy shopper wrote: "Easy to breathe in, lightweight and comfortable!" Another added: "My kids wear these every day for school, they like the variety of them and sometimes like to coordinate them with their clothes. They fit their faces great, and I will purchase them again. It was a great value and I still have masks for everyday use."


Adidas Grand Court Sneaker, Unisex

$40$50Save $10
$40 at Amazon

These classic kicks rule at school and on the b-ball court! Available in lots of styles and sizes.

It's no surprise these are a No. 1 bestseller, but get a load of that discount! One five-star reviewer commented, "Granddaughter was happy. She grew out of the last pair. It was her must-have, go-to shoe for school. She’s happy till the next growth spurt! Great shoe. Holds up well."

More school supply essentials on sale:

  • World Skin Tone Crayons, 24-pack

  • Expo Low-Odor Dry Erase Markers, Ultra Fine Tip, Assorted Colors, 36-Count

    $34$66Save $32
  • Ultimate Crayon Collection, Portable Coloring Set, 152 Count

    $17$21Save $4
  • Poly Two-Pocket Folder, 3-Pack

  • Primary Composition Notebook, Wide-Ruled, 100 Sheets

    $4$7Save $3
  • Pink Pearl Erasers, Large, 12 Count

    $6$13Save $8
  • Pop Ball It Fidget Toys, 4-Pack

    $9$22Save $13
  • Kids Clear and Transparent Umbrella with an Easy Grip Handle

    $20$35Save $15
  • Disinfecting Wipes, Fresh/Lemon Fresh Scent, 15

    $47$53Save $6
  • Kids Stainless Steel Water Bottle 13 oz,

    $15$20Save $5
  • Aloe Hand Sanitizer, Pack of 6

  • Easthill Big Capacity Pencil Case

    $14$20Save $6
  • Mead Spiral Notebooks, 4 Pack

    $11$14Save $3
  • CamelBak Eddy Kids Water Bottle, Airplane Bandits.4 L


If you have Amazon Prime, you’ll get free shipping, of course. Not yet a member? No problem. You can sign up for your free 30-day trial here. (And by the way, those without Prime still get free shipping on orders of $25 or more.)

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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