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 seattle!

South Lake Union Block Party

What: A farmers market, food samples, and a kids’ area with crafts, a bounce house, and more.
Why: Outdoor screenings of Thriller and Zombieland give a delightful case of goose bumps.
When: Fri., noon-11 p.m.
Where: South Lake Union Discovery Center, 101 Westlake Ave. N. (206-342-5900). Admission is free.

Rodney the Shark
What: A timid fish learns to be courageous in a show by Rowbes Puppet Productions (ages 3 and up).
Why: Replenish your supply of bedtime books afterward.
When: Thurs., 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Where: The Seattle Public Library, Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., Microsoft Auditorium (206-386-4636). Admission is free.

12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival

What: Nibble snacks from area restos ($5 and under), stop by shops, and visit the face painter.
Why: The city’s lively buskers line the streets.
When: Sun., noon-6 p.m.
Where: 12th Ave., b/t Madison & Pike Sts. Admission is free.

Photos: Courtesy of Jacqui Miyabayashi / Mee a Bee; Courtesy of Ecojot; Courtesy of P’kolino

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South Lake Union Discovery Center
101 Westlake Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109
12th Avenue Neighborhood Festival
12th Ave
bt Pike & Madison Sts
Seattle, WA 98122
The Seattle Public Library
1000 4th Ave
Central Library
Seattle, WA 98104