Back to school shopping can get pretty expensive, pretty fast. After you've purchased new clothes, shoes, books, and backpacks, you still have to consider pencil cases, thermoses, and about a hundred other things. That's why these
back to school supplies you can get on Amazon for less than $2 are such treasures: they're practical, affordable, and will prompt your child to get even more excited about the new school year.
The items on this list are either likely to show up on your child's teacher-mandated supplies list, or are helpful supplements that can make the transition to school easier. From glue sticks to crayon guards, these are the supplies your young child will be using most often in school and at home. If you're new to school supply shopping, keep in mind that some of the best deals are on bulk items. So, while you're adding four erasers or five sticks of glue to your Amazon shopping cart and wondering if your child will really need more than one, just remember: you can always save extra items for next year.
Start your school supply shopping by taking advantage of these fantastic deals — all of which cost $2 or less.
1 Crayon Guards That Prevent Crayons From Breaking In Half Snap Stopper Crayon Guards, $0.01, Amazon
For nursery and pre-schoolers, school is a combination of creativity, learning, and play. But this age group also tends to break more crayons than they use. These
crayon guards (24 in a pack) extend to fit over any size crayon to help prevent them from breaking. They also make it easier for young children to keep a good grip on their crayons, which alleviates frustrations and helps them unleash their inner artists. 2 A Cactus Print Pencil Case To Hold Pens, Money & More Hosaire Pencil Case, $0.01, Amazon
You won't find a better deal than this — a cute cactus-print
pencil case for a penny. Your child can easily fit a few pencils, pens, lunch money, and keys in this case and the design will bring a smile to their faces. 3 Colorful, Bright Erasers That Won't Tear Paper Paper Mate Expressions Decorated Erasers, $1.97, Amazon
When children are just learning to write and draw, mistakes will be made. These colorful, fun, and easy to hold
erasers actually make errors a pleasure because they're simple to use and won't tear paper or cause smudges. You'll get four in one pack — which is convenient because you'll definitely use them. 4 A Simple, Sturdy Translucent Portfolio Folder For Papers Avery Translucent Two-Pocket Folder, $1.37, Amazon
There's no doubt about it: your child will need a simple
two-pocket folder. Given how easily paper folders can rip, this sturdy translucent plastic folder is especially ideal for young learners. It's water-resistant, flexible, and will help teach your child organization skills. 5 Adorable Owl Pencil Sharpeners In Four Colors 6 Clear And Washable Glue Sticks For Mess-Free Fun 7 Ball Point Pens Shaped Like Feathers 8 Silicone Bookmarks That Wrap Around A Book And Won't Slip Out Other Silicone Bookmarks (3 Pieces), $1.65, Amazon
You'll receive three
silicone bookmarks with your order — each one is stretchy, durable, and fits a standard book. Unlike traditional bookmarks, these won't slip out or get lost and children will always be able to find exactly where they left off. 9 Pencil Grips That Teach Young Learners The Right Way To Hold A Pencil Kemilove Pencil Grip (3 Pieces) , $1.55, Amazon
Ideal for children ages 3 to 12 years old, these
pencil grips help teach young learners how to properly grip a pencil without gripping it by in their fist or wrapping their thumb around it. You'll get three grips in each order, the color selection is random, and they work for both righties and lefties. 10 A Sea Creatures Incentive Chart To Motivate Children Trend Enterprises Sea Buddies Incentive Chart, $1.59, Amazon
It can be a challenge trying to encourage young children to do their chores, finish their homework, and clean up after themselves. This cute sea creatures
incentive chart makes the process fun by providing spaces where you can list kids' responsibilities and room for stickers or stamps when they complete their duties. 11 Animal Post-It Notes That Can Be Used As Reminders Or Bookmarks 12 Pastel Erasers That Resemble Fruit-Scented Lipgloss Doitsa Pencil Erasers (4 Pieces), $0.18, Amazon
Designed to look like lipstick or fruit-scented chapstick, these adorable
pencil erasers are as functional as they are cute. You'll receive four erasers in random colors that include pink, yellow, blue, and green. 13 A Fun Personal Desk Organizer For Pen & Pencils DZT1968 Desk Organizer, $1.93, Amazon
Your child can store pens, pencils, markers, rulers, and highlighters in this
desk organizer and you can choose from five colors: purple, red, blue, green, and pink. 14 Alphabet And Number Stencils For Fun Projects 15 A 5-In-1 Highlighter Designed Like A Flower Yonger Petals Highlighter, $.96, Amazon
Highlighters are exciting stuff for kids, so why limit a student to one florescent color when you can give them five? This
five-in-one highlighter, shaped like a flower with green, yellow, orange, purple, and blue highlighter markers, is adorable and functional. 16 Black Kitty Pens That Will Get Kids Excited About Writing 17 A Durable And Sturdy Plastic Pencil Case 18 Kitty Sticky Notes That Will Incentivize Feline Fans To Write More Often Viskey Sticky Notes (Pack of 2), $1.90, Amazon
Cat lovers of all ages can't seem to get enough of their feline friends. These
cat sticky notes are perfect for young writers who need a little incentive to help them work on their writing skills. You'll receive two sets of sticky notes per order. 19 Colorful Erasers That Are Designed Like Retractable Pens BuW Plastic Eraser, $1.77, Amazon
erasers have an adorable design and last for a long time: click the top the way you should a pen and go to town erasing mistakes. The color you get — lilac, pink, or blue — is chosen at random. 20 Snap-In Plastic Dividers For Organizing A Binder Or Planner 21 A Personal Hand Sanitizer To Kill Classroom And Cafeteria Germs Germ-x Vitamin E Hand Sanitizer, $1.29, Amazon
Young children aren't always going to remember to wash their hands. Since we know schools and classrooms harbor germs, teaching them to use this
hand sanitizer can help kill 99.9 percent of germs and bacteria. The formula evaporates in seconds and, thanks to added vitamin E, it won't dry out their skin. 22 A 10-Piece Watercolor Brush Set For Young Artists Hosair Watercolor Brushes, $1.08, Amazon
Budding artists will love painting with this
watercolor brush set, which includes 10 nylon hair brushes in various sizes. The hairs won't shed and these brushes are super simple to clean — perfect for little hands. Romper may receive a portion of sales from products purchased from this article, which was created independently from Romper’s editorial and sales departments.