With nearly 6 years of primary school behind us now, I’m getting quite the expert at labelling items. I must be pretty good because we have yet to lose anything permanently (touch wood). For me over the years the best approach is to have a range of different labelling methods and more valuable items like school jumpers at £19 a pop, get the belt and braces approach and will be labelled in more than one place. I quite like stamping, but this works best on clothes (plus it isn’t always obvious enough for a 10-year-old to spot) and isn’t so good on bottles and shoes. For these I prefer stickers. Different materials require a different approach as what works on fabric, might not be so good on plastic.
We tried out Bright Star Kids’ Mega Name Labels Value Kit, which includes 385 labels. We opted for a very plain design, but you can choose motifs and make things more fun. H has secondary school on his horizon now as he’ll be in Year 6 next year and I didn’t want to pick a design that he might not like in a year or two’s time. With a plain design you can’t go wrong. I like the iron on labels, which we had printed in red (H’s favourite colour) and they are easy to use. They should stand out in clothes and I’m planning to use these for more expensive clothing like jumpers and blazers.
The stickers in the pack are great for quick labeling. I also find stickers are the best solution for shoes and trainers. Anything else quickly wears off, but stickers seem to last as long as the shoes. Plus these are nice, bright-blue ones and some of the sizes are quite large, which should be pretty obvious to a 10-year-old boy. I’ve tried these on a few pairs that we’d neglected to label previously and they seem to be holding up to wear and tear well. The smaller strip stickers are earmarked for water bottles and labeling pens. H has special pens to help with his handwriting issues, so it’s good to be able to clearly and easily label these. So far the water bottle labels are doing well and coming out of the washing up nicely.
It’s a good time to order labels now, so they arrive in good time for September and ours only took a few days to arrive. It’s worth labeling school uniform as you buy it I think rather than leaving it all to a last minute panic in September (or August if you are in Scotland).
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