Mom-Finds: Schoolbags (backpack) For Kids

Last Friday of the month:  Finds and Faves / Schoolbag

My boy has been lugging heavy school bags since he was in first grade.  It's difficult to carry/pull up and down the stairs, and it's just too big for any little kid to manage, even for adults.  I even featured his first jumbo trolley bag here, which received lots of feedback from readers and friends.  Eventually, he learned to use a backpack to school, but with hesitation since his load is still heavy.  My girl started to carry a small schoolbag.  Let's see how big the bags will get as we move up though grade school.

Last month, the boy and the girl received new backpacks from Schoolbags for Kids. It's not the first time that we've seen a horizontal backpack, but it's their first to own one so they were excited and curious.  It was the boy who first got interested since he's really having a hard time carrying his stuff in a conventional backpack, but he doesn't want to use the trolley again.  A few weeks ago, he started using his new green backpack.

Here's the boy during their half-day casual Friday class, with his green signature backpack, while the girl used hers, in medium red and pink, during P.E. day.  The boy is over 4ft. tall while the girl is over 3ft. tall so these are the perfect size for them.

At first, he was still uncomfortable with the straps and the horizontal orientation.  We also found the zipper enclosure a challenge to open and close because of the rounded corners where the zipper runs all around the top rim of the bag.  There's a magnetic snap under the flap that can't hold the weight when carried from the top handle, so sometimes the flap looks open.  The medium bag has velcro instead of snap, which is better for me.  Eventually, we got used to it and didn't bother us as much.

The boy now prefers to use this Schoolbags for Kids backpack everyday over his old bags despite his heavy load the rest of the school week. =)  The price is over P2,000 for each bag, but read the features after the break and you'll see it's worth every peso.  

Despite the full load, the backpack is still roomy and keeps the shape of the contents, unlike with our conventional backpacks where the corners of folders and books easily get worn out and folded.

What we like about Schoolbags for Kids backpacks:
  • Unique horizontal design - easier to pack and reach supplies / contents
  • Lightweight with padded back panel and straps - straps have attached ID tag
  • Adjustable chest strap - it keeps the bag in place and not fall off their shoulders
  • Cover flap has outer zipped pocket, and opens to a main compartment with generous space for books, binders and notebooks, plus spacious from and side pockets
  • Thick protective black leatherette base, as wide as a half-pad paper 
  • Padded computer sleeve by the back, protects and fits a 13" laptop
  • Interior organizer pockets hold small necessities like pencils, pens, crayons and fits an mp3 player or cellphone
  • Can be carried as backpack or from top handle
  • Made of durable, water-resistant 600-denier polyester material

So, what makes Schoolbags for Kids more special than other backpacks? 
Aside from the impressive features, they have a worthy cause.
Their advocacy - One Here. One There.
"Every child deserves to have the tools to learn and succeed.
For each schoolbag you purchase, we will give a schoolbag with school supplies to a child in need around the world. Join us and support our cause by spreading the word!"

Amazing, right? (Click on the photo to see more photos from the cause.)

Aside from their signature design, which comes in several colors and two sizes, Schoolbags for Kids also have these super fun Fuzzy Flyer designs in a smaller size. Look at those cure wings!

Schoolbags for Kids are great bags for school kids, and make for very practical gifts too.  Give your kids a backpack now and you'll also be giving one to a child across the globe!
Official website: www.schoolbagsforkids.com
Facebook: Schoolbags for Kids Philippines
Instagram: @schoolbagsforkidsph

Note: Posters and Fuzzy Flyer photos lifted from Schoolbags for Kids FB page.

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