What do kids need at preschool or kindergarten in Japan?
Before your child starts preschool (or kindy or daycare) in Japan, the staff will give you a long list of things that must be brought to school each day. When my son started daycare, the list of items we were given contained the following items...
Please note that EVERY preschool has a different list which will contain more/less and possibly different items. Some schools also require bags of certain dimensions/materials, so please be sure to check the list very carefully.
* kids scissors
- these pink ones have metal blades (here)
- these ones have plastic blades (here)
* art smock
- this one has a cute star print on it (here)
- and a cute pink anpanman one (here)
* the cutest training chopsticks - Thomas the Tank Engine version (here)
* inside shoes (called 上履き Uwabaki) can be plain (here), or with characters like Princess Sophia (here).
Of course there is a huge range of drink bottles online, and some which are really cheap, but because of Osaka`s crazy hot summers, and cold winters, I thought an insulated one would be best.
I really like the Thermos brand, and found some on Amazon Japan (here). In the end though, I decided on a personalised one from Cafe Press, for not too much more. It is so cute, and the one I ordered has my son`s full name printed on it too!
... now after getting all the stuff you need, you have to write / stamp / stick your child`s name on everything, down to each individual chopstick and diaper! I bought a set of stamps from Namey, which has great sets (with stamps of various sizes) for new entrants to kindy and elementary school which come with ink. They also make stamps with romaji (english letters) as well as hiragana/katakana.
You can buy plain stickers to write your childs name on from all 100yen shops, supermarkets etc, and from some stores you can buy stickers which have cute characters/designs on them too. If you want to order pre-named stickers, search for お名前シール (name sticker).
Happy shopping everyone!!!
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