3 Steps to a Perfectly Packed Book Bag

meeabee messenger bags!

Just as you mastered the art of packing the perfect diaper bag, he’s potty trained and headed to preschool. Help him make sure he’s got this one in the bag.

Step One: Find the perfect carryall. It should be big enough to hold essentials (a snack, a sippy), but not so large that it weighs him down. Our pick: the handmade cotton and linen messenger bags from Mee a Bee ($25-$40), sized to sling across the chests of scholars ages 3 to 6.

ecojot sketch pads and journals!

Step Two: Leave a paper trail. Ecojot’s latest collection of spiral-bound sketch pads and journals ($4.50-$17) supports the Jane Goodall Institute with collage-inspired cover images of endangered species. But it’s the recycled, unlined paper and heavy-duty back cover that give kids what they need to write and draw.

p’kolino art set!

Step Three: Color it in. P’kolino’s art set ($20) is a cornucopia of jumbo markers, triangle and wrapper-free crayons, and hexagonal colored pencils — all designed to fit little hands. So practicing good form is as easy as one, two, three.

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this week in dallas!
Kids Karaoke

What: Wannabe rockers belt out some tunes.
Why: Burgers, fries, and shakes keep energy up between sets.
When: Ongoing. Mon., 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Where: Love Shack S07, 817 Matisse St., ste. 445, Fort Worth (817-348-9655). Cost (including food) is $10.

What: Dallas Puppet Theater brings the classic fairy tale to life.
Why: You’re ready to let down your hair.
When: Thru Aug. 22. Fri., 11 a.m.; Sat., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m.
Where: The Women’s Museum, 3800 Parry Ave., Fair Park (214-915-0860). Tickets at 214-515-0004 or online at puppetry.org. Adults, $7; children, $6; under 2, free.

Zing Zang Zoom
What: The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus dazzles with tightrope walkers, human cannonballs, elephants, and the pretzel-like shapes of the Qi Qi Har Acrobatic Troupe.
Why: It’s the greatest show on earth, duh.
When: Wed. & Thurs., 7:30 p.m.; Fri., 10:30 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sat., 1:30 & 5:30 p.m.; Sun., 2:30 p.m.
Where: Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth (817-392-6338). Tickets at 800-745-3000 or online at ringling.com. Adults and children, $15-$95.

Photos: Courtesy of Jacqui Miyabayashi / Meeabee; Courtesy of Ecojot; Courtesy of P’kolino

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Love Shack So7
817 Matisse St
ste 445
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Fort Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston St
Fort Worth, TX 76102
The Women's Museum
3800 Parry Ave
Dallas, TX 75226