Toddler news News & Gossip Back to school essentials: pencil cases Get your pencils ready! Help your child feel prepared for school with these colourful cases 1 of Ad break Get the 'write' stuff with these pencil casesMaking sure your child has the adequate back-to-school items can be tricky and you don't want to send them off with a heavy load! Now you have the lunchbox and school bag sorted out, it's time to pick a pencil case. Pencils, erasers, sharpers and rulers all need a home, so check out our selection of the funkiest designs... Don't forget to check in tomorrow for the best value for money school uniforms and essentials for the first day at nursery. Check out our Top 10 Pencil Cases for 2011 here! Red red star pencil case, £4.24This funky, retro-inspired case from Wu and Wu has a chunky red star zip fastener and is adorned in an oriental-style print. Animal print pencil case, £4.95Whether you like cats or love dogs this case has it covered! Humorous felines and dressed-up doggies from Takkoda. Magic Rainbow pencil case, £3.50Lose yourself in this magical land of fairies and unicorns with this fab case from Paperchase. Continue slideshow > Boudoir Belle 'songbird' pencil case, £5This delicate case from Notonthehighstreet is embroidered with a cute little songbird on its mushroom silk outer layer. A special case for storing your favourite pens. Fairtrade pencil case, £10.95Made from organic cotton and emblazoned with a kooky illustration, this fab case from Lapin and Me is a funky addition to any school desk. Dotty case, £8Simple and colourful, this case from Emma Bridgewater has lots of different compartment for all different types of pens and pencils. Soft elephant case, £7.50Soft as a teddy and as functional as a pencil case, this gorgeous elephant case from CuteLikeCherries is a must-have for younger children. Continue slideshow > Multi-purpose case, £12Sprayed with flowers and lots of pink, this is little girl heaven from Cath Kidston. Fit all pencils, rulers, and even a rubber, in this slim-line case. French Mouse pencil case, £6.85Say 'Bonjour!' to this French-inspired case from Artbox. It even has a picture of the Eiffel tower on the back! This monochrome pencil case is ultra cute and has a cheese zip attachment, making it easier to open. Peppa Pig case, £6.95Perfect for fans of the lovable Peppa, this colourful, fold-out pencil case, available from Amazon, fits a whole selection of stationery. You simply fold it up and away you go! By Kyrsty Hazell Comments Latest on MadeForMums The irony of this teacher's 'healthy lunchbox' note Binky's 8-month bump - and surprising wedding shoe choice This dad's empowering father-son selfie will totally melt your heart Pregnant Chanelle Hayes: 'How do I get rid of these stretch marks?'