List of School Supplies for Pre-K

Pre-kindergarten, or preschool, is attended by three- and four-year-olds who are not yet ready for kindergarten. Preschool is a learning environment that centers on creative play and free thought. Pre-K students work on developing social and communication skills by spending time with children under the watchful guidance of trained teachers. Students in preschool classes also learn about holidays and special events, the alphabet, numbers, sharing, making crafts, hygiene and healthy snacking.

  1. Writing Utensils

    • Pre-K students should bring writing utensils, such as crayons and non-toxic washable markers. Writing utensils are used for crafts and to develop writing skills. Children in preschool learn to write alphabet letters, some numbers and their names.


    • Children should bring craft paper to school with them. Some pre-kindergarten teachers prefer colored construction paper, while others allow plain paper. Students use art paper to create crafts, draw pictures and to practice writing.

    Toy to Share

    • Preschool classes regularly hold "show and tell" times that allow your child to bring a special object from home to show his friends. Your child will pass the toy around the class so that each student can touch and feel the toy while he shares a story about why this toy is important to him. Allow your child to choose the toy he wants to bring, but write his name on it in case of accidental loss.


    • While your child may leave many supplies at school, he should bring a backpack each day to hold his personal items. Your child's backpack should be small enough that he can wear it comfortably, even when the bag is full. Pack a spare change of clothing and a plastic bag in your child's backpack in case he has an accident.

    Nap Items

    • Pack a small, travel-size blanket and a pillow for your child. The blanket should fit inside the pillow case or inside your child's backpack. Some preschools also require parents to pack a nap mat, but most schools provide these for students. If your child is scared about napping away from home, pack a small comfort item, such as a stuffed animal or doll.


    • Send at least two boxes of baby wipes for your child. Even if he is potty-trained, wipes are used to sanitize your child's hands after playing outside, using the restroom, making a craft and before eating.

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