Back to school: January’s school essentials

It's new stationery time!

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Back to school: January’s school essentials

If your children have that 'back to school' feeling after the Christmas holidays, we've got a few ideas to get them excited about the new term.

You can pack their lunchboxes full of flavour with our tasty sandwich alternatives, treat them to some fun new accessories to keep them warm at breaktime, or pick up some stylish new stationery - after all, who doesn't remember the thrill of starting a new notebook at the beginning of the year?

With a few easy updates, you'll have them racing through the school gates at the sound of that morning bell.

Tasty sandwich substitutes

Packed lunches don't always have to mean the same old sandwiches. Switch it up for the new year with some tasty substitutes. And remember that you can add in little snack pots of bright vivid fruit like blueberries, raspberries, orange segments and grapes that won't brown.

Savoury muffins

Make these leek, cheese and bacon muffins ahead of time and then pop a few in their lunchbox in the morning for a tasty breaktime surprise. 


Load up some delicious tortilla wraps with salad and chicken (or fish or beans) as a colourful alternative to their usual sandwich. This Mexican chicken and avocado salad recipe can be stored in a small Tupperware and then piled onto a tortilla at lunchtime to keep them really fresh. Just take out the chilli for those who don't like it too hot! 

Mini quiches

Or liven up their lunchbox with some delicious-looking mini quiches. Start with a basic Quiche Lorraine recipe and then get creative. You can remove the ham for veggies and switch the Cheddar for blue cheese or Emmenthal.

Again, you can make these in advance and pop them into their lunchbox in the morning. 

New pens please! 

Ah, there's nothing like a new exercise book, or a brand new pencil case full of felt tips to use on the first day back at school.

Everyone loves new stationery - so why not treat them to a few colourful updates to stave off the Monday morning blues? 

Rock a rucksack

Remember how exciting a new rucksack was? The kids will want to pack their bags every night with this selection of rocking rucksacks. 


Breaktime accessories

To keep off the chill at breaktime during January, pick up some stylish winter woollies at George. 

There are lots of options inspired by their favourite comic book and film characters, or they could keep it classic with tartans, spots and stripes

We almost wish we could go back to school ourselves.

For more school essentials, head to or your local Asda store