Nursery and school essentials - 10 great bags

The first day of school and nursery is approaching, so it's time to get those bags at the ready. Here's our pick of the best bags around for your child...

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  • Skip Hop Back Pack Zoo Pack

    This cute penguin school bag, ideal for both boys and girls, shows school essentials can be cute! The bag can be carried either by the handle or like a rucksack over the shoulders. It comes in zebra, cat, giraffe, fox, hedgehog and other adorable animal designs.

    Skip Hop Back Pack Zoo Pack, £12.68, available at Amazon. Check out more of the range at Mothercare, Becky & Lolo and JoJo Maman Bebe.

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  • Jungle Nursery Backpack

    Animal-lovers will adore this neat little backpack from Becky and Lolo. For an extra £4.99 you can even have your child's name embroidered on the front.

    Jungle Nursery Backpack, £16.98, available from Becky and Lolo

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  • LittleLife Gruffalo Backpacks

    These practical LittleLife Gruffalo day toddler and kid bags are great companions for your boy or girl to take to school.

    They come complete with a 2 litre compartment, adjustable straps, secure zip fastened sections and internal name and address label. 

    Gruffalo Rucksack, £24.99, available from JoJo Maman Bebe

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  • ZingZillas Musical Zac Backpack

    This monkey bag is not only adorable - it's musical too! By pressing the button on the strap your child can can listen to the ZingZillas theme tune as they walk to nursery or school.

    ZingZillas Musical Zac Backpack, £14.99, available from the BBC Shop

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  • Kidorable Backpack - Pirates

    Arrrr! We think your child will love carrying their school essentials in this treasure chest rucksack. Made from durable PVC, this backpack will be easy to clean, too.

    Kidorable Backpack - Pirates, £29.57, available from Amazon

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  • Monster Rucksack

    This bag is definitely one to get your teeth into! Little monsters will enjoy scaring their friends with this rucksack - it has adjustable straps and a nifty handle. 

    Monster Rucksack, £14, available from Marks & Spencer

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  • Paddington Bear Rucksack

    This rucksack is a must-have for all Paddington fans. It's easy to wipe clean and has adjustable straps.

    Paddington Bear Rucksack, £14, available from Marks & Spencer

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  • Scribble Frog Backpack

    Croakkk - there's a new frog in town. This frog backpack is so cute, your child will have their classmates green with envy. It comes with a main zip pocket and a mouth zip pocket, plus a comfy sponge strap. It's small, it's sweet and it's only a fiver. Bargain!

    Frog Backpack, £4.99, available from Amazon

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  • Cath Kidston Button Spot Kids Rucksack

    We're dying over this gorgeous Cath Kidston Button Spot Kids Rucksack. Big enough for school books, comfy on the shoulders. Maybe it's one for the grandparents to splash out on?

    Spot Rucksack, £28, available from Cath Kidston

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  • Pink Lining Picture Satchels

    These cute satchels by Pink Lining are just big enough for school books and also come with a paper display where your child can show off their art work. The satchels come in dinosaur, unicorn, robot, knights & dragons and little lady designs.

    Picture Satchels, £25, available from Pink Lining

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