We shared in our "An Anxious Back to School" post about the great mask station that the YouTube This is How We Bingham family had set-up for their kids for back to school. We love this idea. They have drawers with different size masks and a mesh bag for dirty masks that can be tossed right in the laundry.
While we've just started school, I've quickly realized we need lots of masks. The kids need to wear a mask to school and have a spare mask in their backpacks. With the August heat, classes outside, and lunchtime, the girls are switching to their spare masks during the day. Stella told me this morning she likes to switch her mask after lunch to "feel fresh." It must get hot for the kids. I'm now packing two spare masks in case they need a back-up mask for the back-up!
We are trying out lots of masks to see what works best for the girls. We had picked up some great, light weight kids masks at Target this summer and those are working well. Target has some new kids masks with very cute fabrics and the wire over the nose. I picked some up and they are great but seem to be cut a bit smaller than the masks earlier this summer. I also just picked up some cute masks to try out from Old Navy, Stella gave the mask a thumbs up this morning. I also ordered some other kids masks on-line but the masks are smaller than the pictures on-line.
Buy the big water bottles! Drinking fountains are likely turned off in your school. The kids are allowed to keep water bottles on their desks. We were also told that water bottles with straws are easier for the kids to use with the masks. (Makes my heart catch a bit when I think of all the things the kids are navigating.) Stella and Sophia love these water bottles that I ordered from Amazon. There are a bunch of fun colors. The girls have liked having these big water bottles on their desks and they are encouraged to drink water to stay hydrated while wearing masks.
Good luck mommas as you send your kids back to school! Share your tips with us on how you are navigating back to school and these unusual times with your kiddos. We are cheering you on! Stay safe!