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Back to School: cute shops to get your kindergartener ready for the big day

The first day of school is a pretty big deal. There aren’t many things you need to do or buy to prep your wee one in terms of school supplies, but it helps if they have a few items like backpacks, pencil cases, and a little gift to greet their new teacher with. Here are some great local spots to find the goodies.

Back to School
Flickr/ Andrea Manzati

Where to shop

Dilly Dally

Dilly Dally stocks plenty of fun and adorable backpacks, pencil cases and lunch kits. Give your little scholar a leg up by grabbing an A to Z Lower Case Magnatab to practise letter writing at home.

1161 Commercial Drive, Vancouver

Book’mark The Library Store

If you’re shopping downtown, pick up a few affordable pencils and crayons, used children’s books and educational puzzles here. It’s also a great stop to find a teacher’s gift. Plus, it’s pretty cool that the proceeds of sales support the Vancouver Public Library.

350 Georgia Street W, Vancouver


Kaboodles carries a literal kaboodle of art products for tiny hands including the ever-so-elusive pair of safety scissors. They even stock a few environmentally friendly products for little green feet. And if you’re an elementary school teacher or non-profit preschool teacher, ask about the store’s 10 percent discount.

4449 West 10th Avenue, 1496 Cartwright Street & 3404 Cambie Street, Vancouver

If you need help buying supplies, Family-Community Resource Center can help!



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  • Jenn
    August 25, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    This list is from Vancouver, Washington’s schools. Is there an official list for Vancouver, BC? Our teachers have just asked for a box of tissues so far.

    • Heather Maxwell Hall
      August 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm

      Checking into this now! Thanks for the heads up Jenn!

  • Heather Maxwell Hall
    August 25, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    We’re looking into this as we speak and will clarify the article as soon as possible. Thanks for pointing this out.

  • Heather Maxwell Hall
    August 25, 2016 at 3:47 pm

    Article corrected to reflect this. Thanks to all for pointing that out!

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