1. Novelty erasers
You know the ones: they are shaped like ice cream cones and smell like them too. But the problem is, these novelty erasers rarely work. They tend to be quite waxy and don’t thoroughly erase pencil marks. So skip the cute erasers, and grab a basic pink office eraser from Dollar Tree instead.
2. Pencil boxes
Pencil boxes tend to be clunky, don’t always stay closed, and don’t fit into desks well. Instead, opt for a pencil bag. They fit much better into desks and backpacks. Plus, they zip closed, keeping your items safe and sound.
3. Pencil sharpeners
Since handheld pencil sharpeners can be quite messy and a distraction, many schools are asking children not to bring them in. Skip the cute and colorful handheld pencil sharpeners and just have your child use the sharpener provided for the class. If your child really desires one, buy one at the dollar store to keep at home during homework time.