Giveaway: Our Essential Picks for Back-to-School from Target

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This weekend I have a fun giveaway for you from Target:  our picks for back-to-school essentials!

Last week I reported on our family”s back-to-school shopping trip.  You might recall there was a noticeable difference between what mom considers an essential for back-to-school and what the kids believe is essential.  Perhaps it is that way in your home, too?

Target is partnering with me this weekend to give one lucky reader my must-have and the kids” must-have pick for back-t0-school (up to a $100 combined value).


My Back-to-School Essential Pick

The thing I’ve been most happy that we purchased, my back-to-school essential for 2013, is a large white board and the  colored dry erase markers and post-it notes that compliment the existing color coding system I use for my family.  This is Fleck Family Command Central during the school year.

Jillian”s Back-to-School Essential Pick

Jillian”s most essential thing for back-to-school 2013 is she picked out that has .  She’s ready for back to back club meetings and field trips and looks super cute (which is very important when you are eleven).

To Enter

Ready to win the goodies from Target you need to make your own family command center PLUS a super cool backpack with coordinating lunch box?

To enter:  simply leave a comment on this post telling me what your back-to-school most essential item is.  Good luck!

This giveaway will end at midnight EST Saturday August 24, 2013. The winner will be announced in this Sunday”s Link Love post.

Fine Print:  this giveaway is open to US residents only at this time. But don”t worry, I”ve got another back-to-school giveaway coming up for everyone very soon.

About Kara

Kara Fleck is the editor of Simple Kids. She is a small town mama, writer, knitter, bookworm, and hooligan. Kara lives in Indiana with her husband Christopher and their four children Jillian, Max, Lucy, and Amelia. You can find more of her writing at

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  1. I’ve been eyeballing a couple of educational games. Plus we are scraping the bottom of the barrel for art supplies, so I would replenish our stock too. Great giveaway! Thanks!

  2. My back-to-school essential item is a good water bottle.

  3. My favorite back to school supply is a great backpack!

  4. My back to school essential is a sturdy backpack! My kids would say their pencil boxes. :)

  5. A calendar!! Everyone is on board with after school activities, upcoming tests, weekend fun – even date night for mom & dad!

  6. Ours is a backpack

  7. I like stocking up on new crayons.

  8. Our most essential item for heading back to pre-school is a light up Disney Princess backpack!

  9. chocolate…dark and lots of it 😉

  10. We love our white board!! So lots of dry erase markers!!

  11. a pencil sharpener that actually lasts!

  12. Our most essential back to school items would be crayons and other art supplies. We’re doing homeschool preschool, and will be making great use of them over the year!

  13. kimberly c says:

    Mechanical pencils are definitely my MUST HAVE!

  14. Laura Chipps says:

    Index cards! We go through them like crazy.

  15. My back-to-school essential item is a backpack that comes with a matching lunchbox. score!

  16. new sneakers/shoes for each child and boxes and boxes of Ticonderoga #2 pencils – I think they eat them???!!!

  17. Our #1 essential are writing/coloring implements. They get used constantly!

  18. Cynthia I says:

    Most essential…I love supply shopping. But a good lasting pencil sharpener we be nice and binders that last a whole school year! My dream item would be a portable scanner or Neat desk scanner to copy and control all the paper that comes home.

  19. Our family’s most essential item is a good reusable lunch box. We’re really trying to be Eco friendly this year and not spending so much money on food. My family’s beginning on the school year goal!

  20. crayons!

  21. My essential is coffee!

  22. Pencils and pens. I think we have some kind of writing implement gnome in our house. It doesn’t matter how many I buy, every day we have to search for one.
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  23. Stockmar beeswax crayons! They last a lifetime! No really. They do! :)
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  24. My back to school essentials are small white boards and post-it flags!

  25. Lost of crayons! Kindergarten wouldn’t be the same without them.

  26. sweet!!!! My favorite back to school item is always the newest type of art material that I’ve never seen or used before. This year I got my kids “pipsqueaks” makers, that are made for little hands :)
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  27. A backpack that will last the whole school year!

  28. I ways need a dry erase board!!

  29. A great backpack & lunchbox for my son, and some back to work clothes for me.

  30. Our must-have is a big calendar to keep everyone’s important dates in one place.

  31. Solid curriculum for our homeschooling family is our must this year.

  32. Our essential is a good sturdy backpack!

  33. My boys and two of their friends will be doing homeschool preschool together one day a week, and I know we’ll use up more than our share of both construction paper and glue sticks (my back to school essentials!).

  34. I don’t know that it is the most essential item, but for me, having a brand new box of sharpened crayons is a necessity.

  35. Crayons, crayons, and more crayons. Thanks for the giveaway!

  36. I think pencils are one of our most essential back to school items. I swear my kids must eat them or something! Lots of paper, crayons, new dry erase markers, calendars…the list goes on and on. :) Great giveaway!

  37. Well, since my son is starting kindergarten this year I am making him a schultute. This is a German tradition for children their first year of school. You get a piece of poster board and form it into a large cone shape and then fill it with school essentials. i got him glue sticks, crayons, small tissue packs (that our dog ate so I need more), and other items. I dont know that they really NEED anything for kindergarten (besides a backpack and those little tissue packs) but its so hard to resist the new school supply bins at every store.

  38. I would LOVE an electric pencil sharpener!! But I would “settle” for overall excitement and positive attitudes! :)

  39. jessica saunders says:

    I love a new lunchbox!

  40. sleep! ha ha. actually a plan for healthy lunches is our most essential item.

  41. Elizabeth says:

    Art supplies

  42. Anything to make a “no waste” lunch- reusable/washable lunch bag, BPA free bottles that are top -rack friendly, and non-plastic containers. I’m really eyeballing the sandwich wraps that double as placemats. School tabletops….ewwwww.

  43. anne marie says:

    My back to school essential is good coffee for mommy and daddy to be up and at ’em to ensemble the minions in the morning! :)

  44. Heather Minardi says:

    Crayons, pencils and chai latte for mommy :)

  45. eco friendly lunch containers. thanks!

  46. My back-to-school essentials are a binder, printer paper-plain & colored, a variety if colored pens, & a sense of humor.

  47. Lawana Gray says:

    Composition books….and crayons!

  48. Colored pencils and great erasers!

  49. Vanessa Coker says:

    Lunch boxes and socks fore sure.

  50. Charlotte says:

    New pj’s it’s my first year ever home schooling:) but they still want new crayons and markers:)