Walmart Back to School Items

I've Found the Key to Turning School Supplies Shopping Into a Treat for Kids

You don’t have to spend a fortune to make back-to-school shopping fun.
By Sabrina Rojas Weiss
July 27, 2021
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I am a rare person among parents: I absolutely love shopping for school supplies when it's time for my son to go back to school. Something about gathering folders and notebooks, Flair pens and dry erase markers, glue sticks and tissue boxes, plus all the other standard-issue, very boring supplies from the teachers' lists reminds me of the new beginnings that the school year promises. But even if you are not a total geek about sharpened No. 2 pencils, you can still turn shopping for back-to-school supplies into a moment that will get your kids excited for fall. 

A recent survey done by online payment service Affirm said parents are spending $843 per child on back-to-school shopping this year. I am here to tell you that emptying your bank account is not the way to enjoy this process. You can buy the least expensive clothing and school supplies available, as long as you get everything on that teacher's list. But you've also got to add a little more to your cart: school supplies that let your child express who they are. 

Remember when you were a kid and so much of school felt like teachers putting everyone into the same little box? Your kids may be feeling like that too. But even if your kids' teachers prefer folders in certain colors and styles and all the markers you buy go to the communal classroom closet, you can find little ways to sneak in a personal item or two. We're talking a flashy pencil case or a binder, like the old-school Trapper Keepers that have made a comeback. It could be a set of pens in colors beyond black and blue. Or maybe it's a special gadget, like a tablet or an electric pencil sharpener, that will make homework just a little easier. 

Help your children feel like they're still individuals during the day (and when they get home at night) with the below school supplies from Walmart. They're all available to shop online, and prices start at just $1.

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'Space Jam: A New Legacy' Silicon Pencil Case

As long as your kid can keep all "Looney Toons"-like behavior in check during class, they should totally get to think about the latest "Space Jam" whenever they use this pencil case

To Buy: Space Jam, A New Legacy Silicon Pencil Case, $5.97; walmart.com

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Zipit Wildlings Pencil Case for Kids

This adorable monster, made of one continuous zipper, holds up to 30 pens and pencils.

To Buy: Zipit Wildlings Pencil Case for Kids, $7.99; walmart.com

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Easthill Large Capacity Colored Canvas Storage Pouch

This is the perfect pencil case if you happen to be blessed with a kid who likes to stay organized. It has separate compartments for pens and pencils, a big center pouch, and inner pockets to make small things easy to find. 

To Buy: Easthill Large Capacity Colored Canvas Storage Pouch, $14.95; walmart.com

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Gmyle Canvas Pencil Pouch

For the kid who is sophisticated beyond their years, get a pencil case that resembles a piece of high-end luggage.

To Buy: Gmyle Canvas Pencil Pouch, $15.96; walmart.com

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onn. 8" Tablet Pro

While we hope the days of relying solely on technology for our children's instruction are well behind us, we can also look forward to using it to enhance their education. This inexpensive onn. Android tablet has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of memory, with an SD slot to add more.

To Buy: onn. 8" Tablet Pro; $69 (originally $99); walmart.com

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Casio FX-9750Glll-PK Graphing Calculator

While the sight of a graphing calculator may give you high school flashbacks, your kid may be really excited about the prospect of next-level math, especially when it's available in pink.

To Buy: Casio FX-9750Glll-PK Graphing Calculator, $41.99 (originally $59.99); walmart.com

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Samsung CB4 11.6" Celeron 4GB/32GB Chromebook

You and your kid's teacher will love that this Chromebook is compatible with Google Classroom; your kid will be thrilled with its high-speed connectivity. 

To Buy: Samsung CB4 11.6" Celeron 4GB/32GB Chromebook, $129 (originally $199); walmart.com

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Justice French Bulldog Stationery Bundle

Collegiate meets cute in this set that includes a plaid three-ring 1-inch binder, a sparkly folder, and a bulldog spiral notebook. 

To Buy: Justice French Bulldog Stationery Bundle, $8.97; walmart.com

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Lisa Frank Stationery Bundle

Let your dreamy kid escape into scenes of peaceful unicorns drinking (on a three-ring, 1-inch binder), dolphins jumping (on a folder), and a playful puppy chewing a ball (on a spiral notebook).

To Buy: Lisa Frank Stationery Bundle, $5.47 (originally $9.98); walmart.com

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Trapper Keeper Sunset Binder

The most coveted school supply of our youth is back again, with retro themes like this sunset-meets-"Tron" scene. The 1-inch three-ring binder includes folders, a storage pocket, a clipboard, and the excuse for you to teach your kid what "totally rad" means.

To Buy: Trapper Keeper Binder in Sunset, $9.97; walmart.com

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'The Office' Stationery Bundle

Why do kids, who have presumably never experienced office culture, love The Office? We may never know. But they can celebrate their fandom with this three-ring binder, folder, and spiral notebook set.

To Buy: "The Office" Stationery Bundle, $5.47 (originally $9.98); walmart.com

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U Brands Wire Locker Starter Kit

Help your kid personalize and organize their brand new locker to look like a well-designed home away from home with this kit that includes a steel shelf, pencil box, mirror, dry erase board (with marker), and magnets. 

To Buy: U Brands Wire Locker Starter Kit, $11.88; walmart.com

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Juvale Colored Binder Clips

The hearts, flowers, butterflies, and other pretty designs on these binder clips add a little personal touch to any bundle of notes or worksheets.

To Buy: Juvale Colored Binder Clips, $8.99 (originally $12.99); walmart.com

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Mini Cute Panda Desktop Stapler

For too long, we have made our kids staple their homework with boring rectangular staplers. It is high time they do so with a panda (or an alligator, or bear, or pig) instead.

To Buy: Deli Mini Cute Panda Desktop Stapler, $5.99 (originally $9.99); walmart.com

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Elmer's Scented Glue Sticks

Add to the joy of an art project (or create a bit of joy in a school presentation) with glue sticks that smells like apple pie, sugar cookies, blueberry muffin, and watermelon.

To Buy: Elmer's Scented Glue Sticks, $2.27; walmart.com

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Crayola Colors of the World Colored Pencils

Real talk, we spent a really long time pretending that people are either one peach color or one brown color when it comes to children's artwork. Colored pencil sets, like this one from Crayola, help kids create art that looks like the world around them.

To Buy: Crayola Colors of the World Colored Pencils (24 ct.), $10.55 (originally $13.19); walmart.com

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Crayola Silly Scents Sweet and Stinky Art Markers

While participating in the visual medium of coloring, your kids can also entertain their sense of smell with these 20 markers that smell either sweet (coconut, green apple, grape, strawberry, banana, etc.) or awful (onion, old rotten tooth, rotten fruit, and more).

To Buy: Crayola Silly Scents Sweet and Stinky Art Markers (20 ct.), $7.77; walmart.com

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Sharpie S-Note Creative Markers

One of the toughest, most important lessons older kids can learn in school is how to study. These colorful chisel-tip markers, which also work as highlighters, can make that process a little more attractive.

To Buy: Sharpie S-Note Creative Markers (30 ct.), $16.88 (originally $19.88); walmart.com

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Westcott USB iPoint Electric Charging Station Pencil Sharpener

Sure, there's usually no real reason to use an electric pencil sharpener over a manual one (unless you've got a wrist injury), but it is so satisfying. This little battery-powered sharpener also doubles as a USB charging station, making it a useful accessory for kids who need to do homework away from home.

To Buy: Westcott USB iPoint Electric Charging Station Pencil Sharpener, $24.01; walmart.com

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Bic Gel-ocity Original Retractable Gel Pen Spinner

This spinning case of 24 gel pens looks like an invitation to write colorful notes to everyone. It also eliminates that excuse of not being able to find a pen. 

To Buy: Bic Gel-ocity Original Retractable Gel Pen Spinner, $19.25 (originally $27.98); walmart.com

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Pen + Gear Holographic No. 2 Wood Pencils

These eye-catching No. 2 pencils are going to brighten up any assignment, and they're so much cheaper that we could have imagined.

To Buy: Pen + Gear Holographic No. 2 Wood Pencils (12 ct.), $1; walmart.com