My younger daughter Anjana is about to start kindergarten and I am very excited (she? not so much! I see a lot of crying in her near future and a lot of anxiety in mine). The school is particular that we send these things in a basket (not in a bag or backpack – for ease of access; most children in this class would be 2.5 to 3 years old):
- Water bottle
- Snack box with plastic fork or spoon (no metal ones)
- A small cloth towel
- School diary in a ziploc bag
- A spare set of clothes (including bloomers) in a ziploc bag
The basket also needs to be neatly labelled with the child’s name. I have a light-weight basket for her and I wanted to add such a label that it would withstand wear and tear for the next ten months. I had to keep labelling my elder daughter’s basket multiple times in the first ten months of her kindergarten.
The label should also help the child in identifying his/her own basket. A picture that they can recognise will help since they can’t read yet. That’s the reason I chose Hello Kitty. So, here is how the labelling was done:
- Hello Kitty label – printed on vinyl (roughly 7 inches by 4 inches) – 2 copies
- Old place mat for firm backing
- Sewing machine
- A pair of scissors
- Punching machine
- Polyester yarn
- Tapestry needle
- Permanent marker
How I did it:
Step 1: Using the permanent marker, I wrote her name, class and section on the top right corner of the label.
Step 2: Paste the labels on the place mat and allow it to dry.
Step 3: Sew on all four sides. Cut the label with a margin of about 1/2 inch on all four sides.
Step 4: Using the permanent marker, add borders to hide the stitches.
Step 5: Punch holes on all four sides.
Step 6: Using the polyester yarn and tapestry needle, attach the labels to the basket.
It’s done! You now have a waterproof, hard to tear apart label on both sides of the basket. The image will help your child identify his/her basket during snack break and pick-up times.
Here is the fully-loaded basket –
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