If you’ve spent the summer running round, acting as an unpaid taxi service and preparing constant meals, you’ll be glad of a reminder that a return to normality is just around the corner. Send your children back to school in style with our pick of the top ten bright, practical, colourful accessories. From stylish notebooks to smart files, you won’t even mind if they end up scattered around the house.
1. Owl notebook, Helen Gordon
This cute, retro notebook features a repeating owl pattern and is part of the woodland animals collection, designed and created in the UK by Helen Gordon. It’s A5, and contains 96 pages for notes. £5, available from IN-SPACES.
2. Daisy A4 box file, Olive and Daisy
These pretty box files in a fresh Daisy design will help keep desks tidy. Available in a choice of two colour ways: marine blue on cream or powder blue, they’re great for storing papers of all kinds. £28 from Hello Pearl.
3. Set of three ‘Britain’ rollerball pens, Milly Green
These fun and modern rollerball pens come in three quintessentially British designs – soldiers, corgis and bulldogs and London buses. Even better, they take standard Parker refills so they’ll never run out. £7.50 for a set of three from Milly Green.
4. Bright desk lamp, Rigby and Mac
Add a colour pop to a desk with this retro desk lamp, available in orange, yellow and green. The height can be adjusted, perfect for shedding light where it’s needed. £29.95 from Rigby and Mac.
5. Billy the Cat pencil case, Not Before Tea
Perfect to keep all your favourite pencils, crayons and erasers together, this pencil case is made from strong oilcloth to protect the contents from accidental spills. £5.95 from Not Before Tea.
6. Navy Scottie dog school satchel, Becky and Lolo
This traditional school satchel is so cute, you’ll probably end up using it yourself! It’s water resistant to keep books dry, and easy to wipe clean. Featuring a magnetic closure flap, an adjustable strap and buckle and leather effect detailing, it costs a pocket-friendly £16.50 from Becky and Lolo.
7. Check board lunch bag, Marks and Spencer
Ready, get set, go! Make sure lunch stays fresh and tasty in this lunch box. Thinsulate™ technology provides a lightweight insulation layer that is moisture resistant to keep sandwiches crisp. £14 from Marks and Spencer.
8. Children’s ‘on the farm’ backpack, Sophie Allport
This design of tractors, land rovers, sheep, cows, sheep dogs and chickens by British designer Sophie Allport will appeal to a range of ages. Made from practical matt oilcloth, it has a front outer pocket and a sturdy handle for hanging. £19 from Sophie Allport.
9. Oak trestle desk, Aspace
Nowhere for homework? This oak trestle desk is the perfect place. Made from solid oak, this sturdy piece of furniture will last for years. Matching chairs, bookcases and other bedroom furniture are also available in the same range. £275 from Aspace.
10. Weekly Times desk planner, Seeso
Struggling to keep track of homework deadlines and social engagements? Get their week planned with this Weekly Times desk planner. Designed to look like a newspaper, this A4 weekly organiser has 50 sheets in total including 30 week sheets for planning. £11.95 from Fox and Star.