School-Aged Children

What size backpack for Kindergarten

For example, PBK - the small or large?  Small is 15 inches and large is 17 inches.  The small says for 43-47 inches, DS is about 45 inches so that is the size they recommend but I wanted to see if others agree.  Thanks
Jen - Mom to two December 12 babies Nathaniel 12/12/06 and Addison 12/12/08

Re: What size backpack for Kindergarten

  • As a teacher I wanted my kinders to have a full size backpack.  They need to be able to fit in their library books so they don't get damaged.  The children almost never put anything heavy in them so the weight isn't an issue.  In the 5 years I taught K I only had 1 child come with a preschool size backpack - the book fitting in was an issue right away.
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  • Definitely buy the larger one.  Your child will need room for projects, most likely a folder, worksheets.
  • image AGmomof3:
    As a teacher I wanted my kinders to have a full size backpack.  They need to be able to fit in their library books so they don't get damaged.  The children almost never put anything heavy in them so the weight isn't an issue.  In the 5 years I taught K I only had 1 child come with a preschool size backpack - the book fitting in was an issue right away.

    The small one is actually bigger than a preschool one which is why I was not sure. He wants one that has a clip of some sort to attach a lunchbox.  

    Jen - Mom to two December 12 babies Nathaniel 12/12/06 and Addison 12/12/08
  • Full size, the only time I use the PreK onw is for snacks/road trips
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  • image Littlejen22:

    image AGmomof3:
    As a teacher I wanted my kinders to have a full size backpack.  They need to be able to fit in their library books so they don't get damaged.  The children almost never put anything heavy in them so the weight isn't an issue.  In the 5 years I taught K I only had 1 child come with a preschool size backpack - the book fitting in was an issue right away.

    The small one is actually bigger than a preschool one which is why I was not sure. He wants one that has a clip of some sort to attach a lunchbox.  

    I just wanted to add a word of warning about their back packs.  I ordered the kind with the attaching lunchbox last year for DD and the second day we had it the straps that attach the lunchbox completely unraveled.  It was like they just disintegrated.   

  • Ditto full sized.  On days when it's chilly in the morning and hot by afternoon bus time, he'll need room to stuff his jacket in there too.
    Secondary English teacher and mom of 2 kids:

    DD, born 9/06/00 -- 9th grade
    DS, born 8/25/04 -- 4th grade
  • image BlondieBee:
    image Littlejen22:

    image AGmomof3:
    As a teacher I wanted my kinders to have a full size backpack.  They need to be able to fit in their library books so they don't get damaged.  The children almost never put anything heavy in them so the weight isn't an issue.  In the 5 years I taught K I only had 1 child come with a preschool size backpack - the book fitting in was an issue right away.

    The small one is actually bigger than a preschool one which is why I was not sure. He wants one that has a clip of some sort to attach a lunchbox.  

    I just wanted to add a word of warning about their back packs.  I ordered the kind with the attaching lunchbox last year for DD and the second day we had it the straps that attach the lunchbox completely unraveled.  It was like they just disintegrated.   

    Thanks, good to know. I think we are going to order a Land End one, they have similar sizing of preschool,medium, large. So I guess we should order large. Thanks ladies. 

    Jen - Mom to two December 12 babies Nathaniel 12/12/06 and Addison 12/12/08
  • LE and LLBean's backpacks w/attachable lunch bags hold up well. DS has had one of each.. Look for one with survivor clips or a caribiner and make sure he has the hand strength to work them independently. The LE Classmate in large is a good choice.
  • My DS has a Land's End large backpack and matching lunchbox.  It's held up well through K and 1st.  I'd certainly recommend it.
    Secondary English teacher and mom of 2 kids:

    DD, born 9/06/00 -- 9th grade
    DS, born 8/25/04 -- 4th grade
  • DD1 has this size backpack from Lands End. She was about 46" at the start of kindergarten last year. I'd definitely go with the larger backpack.
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    Another recommendation for the larger.  My kids don't get a new backpack every year - they have to use the same one 2 years in a row, so even if it was ok for kindergarten, it's too small for 1st grade when there are folders and projects coming home.
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