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Tips To Stop Kids Losing Things At School + GIVEAWAY

When it comes to losing stuff, it’s not surprisingly kids are the worst culprits. And odds are, your child is no different!

Sending your child to school is often an expensive venture, so it makes sense to do everything you can to stop kids losing things at school. These tips will help to save you money while also teaching your child how to be independent.

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How to stop kids losing their belongings

Over the years you will replace many school jumpers, lunchboxes, water bottles and hats. SO MANY HATS! But wait, there’s more. Other commonly lost items include school books, stationery and school bags (how?!).

But before your costs start piling up for replacements, there some things you and your child can do to reduce the number of lost belongings throughout the year.

  • Ask specific questions – each day ask your child if they have their schoolbag, lunchbox, shoes, hat, etc. Yes, this will become tiring (borderline nagging) however the day you don’t ask will be the day those belongings do not come home. This will help them to become more organised.
  • Check lost property – each school will have a certain process for lost property. Some will have a basket in each classroom, while others will have one designated lost property area for the whole school. If your child has misplaced something, ask them to have a look through the lost and found bin for them. If they cannot locate it, check again in a couple of days. Depending on the age of your child, it might be a good idea if you had a look as well.
  • Label everything – labelling school items is crucial. It will be easier to find and you will have a much better chance of having lost property returned if it is labelled with your child’s name and class. If you don’t want to handwrite names and classes on every individual item, you can get bright and fun personalised items (such as school bags, pencil cases, water bottles) and adhesive labels that take the stress out of labelling everything.

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  • Take the bare minimum – children don’t need five lead pencils each day or three glue sticks. Send what they will need and keep the rest at home for when they run out. The more they have available, the less careful they tend to be.


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Sometimes it may not seem like it, but kids don’t intentionally lose their stuff. It could just be that they had a big day and were learning lots of new things which resulted in them forgetting to put their water bottle back in their backpack once they finished lunch.

This does not make it less of a headache when they misplace items but hopefully, these tips will help stop kids losing things at school.

How do you stop your kids losing things at school?



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19 Comments

  1. julie morton
    07/02/2019 / 3:45 pm

    My daughter lost her toy banana harmonica we got from coffs harbour(big banana)was a souvenier and she loved it/played it constantly,we think it may of been flushed down the toilet by accident

  2. Sarah Blockley
    07/02/2019 / 3:51 pm

    My daughter lost her favourite doll and I was really upset about it because it was given to her by a close family friend. I looked everywhere and went through the process of asking people if they had seen it- school, church, etc. just in case she had taken it there. After zero luck with that I looked online to see if I could find another one – no luck. Then one day months later I was tidying up the toy area and discovered that she had put the doll and a couple of other things inside a ride on suitcase! I never even thought to check there as it was just used as a ride on toy and I forgot it was also a suitcase!

  3. Tracey Hall
    07/02/2019 / 6:06 pm

    My menstrual cup was in my bag in its own little bag. We were at the beach and I was distracted by the baby as an older child asked for his cup, Told him it was in the big bag, he instead must had gone to my own bag. It was not till we got home and was searching for something in my bag realised the cup was missing. Was told after asking about it “oh I left that at the beach as it was too small to drink out of”. Bang my spare was lost to me.

  4. adrienne Harries
    07/02/2019 / 8:35 pm

    My kids lose their cool in the most inappropriate places
    Tantrums in Shopping centres and populated places
    they lose one sock, always their hat
    Lose their manners when I stop to chat
    but they never lose their place in my heart
    losing things is a childhood part

  5. Sarahmary
    08/02/2019 / 10:17 pm

    Toy cars, everywhere we go. As soon as there’s a car replaced, another has disappeared

  6. krissy
    09/02/2019 / 10:50 pm

    Kids are always losing things, can never have too many labels 😊

  7. Maggie Karner
    10/02/2019 / 8:16 am

    Four days into the new year and my little Kindy kid had the entire class keep in for 10 minutes after school. He had put his hat on his bag (instead of in it). Another child had picked it up and was wearing it. Lessons learnt – 1. Always put hat IN bag not ON bag. 2. I need to take a book to read at pick up time, as I can see 13 years of this ‘being kept in after class’ happening.

  8. 11/02/2019 / 5:17 pm

    Such great tips. My two are still too small for school, but they already lose everything at daycare! Drives me crazy. Will be keeping all of this in mind as they get older.

  9. Linda Pepper
    12/02/2019 / 7:19 pm

    I lost my sister in laws wedding dress. Picked it up from dressmakers the day before the wedding. Had put it in back of my car, then went next door to get a coffee. (Weddings are stressful). When i got home i relised it was not in my car. Omg……i had no idea what had happened. I jumped back in the car, back to the dressmakers to find the wedding dress there. Someone had handed it in to them. I was so stressed out, i had put the dress in the wrong car.

  10. Julie ford
    12/02/2019 / 9:38 pm

    My kids loose hats so I write their names inside in full large permanent marker now so they find there way home now

  11. Karen Mckay
    12/02/2019 / 9:49 pm

    Our second son we nick named ‘Houdini’,
    Escaping things from when he was teeny.
    At 18 months in a shopping centre,
    He became a new game inventor.
    While strapped in a pram most securely,
    He began acting the opposite of demurely.
    His game was to remove items he was wearing,
    And drop them with hopes of them disappearing,
    And so when we get back to our car…
    I discover a barefoot and shirtless toddler!

  12. Philippa tudor
    12/02/2019 / 10:06 pm

    The labels would be a great help for my little miss forgetful!

  13. Aleisha Austbo
    12/02/2019 / 10:12 pm

    Whilst pregnant with first child, I was at the supermarket and realised I had lost my glasses. I was absolutely certain I hadn’t taken them off while there so I couldn’t understand how they could be missing. My hormones made me a bit crazy so while I was sobbing my heart out, one of the staff rang my husband to pick me up as I can’t drive without glasses… He then proceeded to remind me that I didn’t wear glasses. I used contacts and had for the past 15 years! I was also wearing them that day!

  14. Jemma
    12/02/2019 / 10:24 pm

    I bought my husband a birthday card in advance, and lost it. Three house moves across two countries and twelve years later, I found it tucked in documents at my parents’ house, and brought it home. Lost it at home for another year and a quarter. Re-found it in my son’s colouring book and will finally be giving it to my husband for his next birthday, 14 years after purchase date. Better late than never!

  15. Kasey Evans
    12/02/2019 / 10:58 pm

    My daughter lost her cool pink sunnies once,
    Full on crying I hadn’t heard in months,
    They were on top of her head,
    I laughed until I went red,
    This lesson ‘make sure you check your forehead’!

  16. claire evans
    13/02/2019 / 2:29 pm

    there imaginary friend, seriously my daughter was crying because her dragon friend had disappeared after her ate all her pretend lollies

  17. Gabrielle S
    13/02/2019 / 2:30 pm

    When my son was around 18 months old my husband took him for a walk in the pram down to our local lake to see the ducks. When they return I noticed my sons shoe was missing. Upon asking my husband “where is Jordan’s shoe?”, he jokingly replied, “He lost it in the lake”. “How?” I asked, confused at how it had possibly come off. “He was kicking his legs and it just flew off into the water”. He then showed me a photo of my son sitting in his pram on the decking and his lost shoe floating next to the ducks and reeds.

  18. 16/02/2019 / 12:36 pm

    Shoe lace. I mean, how do you lose an entire shoe lace.

  19. Bella Ri
    17/02/2019 / 5:05 pm

    My little one secretly brought to school her bed pillow! I have no idea how she slipped it past her father, but she came home without it and we had to duck to the shops to buy a new one that night!

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