A guide to kids’ backpacks: How to choose the best kids’ backpacks for school

A guide to kids’ backpacks: How to choose the best kids’ backpacks for school

No matter the age of your little one, a backpack is more than just the thing that holds their books, toys, and lunch. It’s a space of their own, where they can put the things that matter most.

Whether your little one is off to kinder or school, a durable backpack for kids is something you will want to invest in to ensure it lasts all the spills, tumbles, and chaos of everyday life.

Explore our guide on how to choose the best kids’ backpacks that are suitable for school and will last a lifetime.

How to choose a school bag size

As a parent, you want to invest in quality school supplies for your child, and that starts off with kids’ school backpacks. When choosing your kid’s backpack, you’ll want to consider a few factors to determine which accessory will tick all the boxes.

Explore our top considerations for how to choose a school bag, including size, fit, features and more below.


When selecting a kids’ backpack, you want to keep in mind what size is going to best suit your child. It’s great to buy something your children can “grow into” - but what about a backpack that can grow with your child?

At Penny Scallan, all our kids’ backpacks are suitable for children across a range of years – thanks to their adjustable nature and grow-with-me features.

Our mini backpack is best for those just finding their feet and can be used for ages 1-3. It also features a built-in rein, as we know little one’s love to run off – so this enables you to keep them close by, without stressing about where they’ve got to!

Our medium kids’ backpack is a great option for those just starting out at kindie, as it’s ideal for use between the ages of 2-5. You’ll be able to pack in all the essentials – a lunch box, a change of clothes and some books – with room to spare!

For those children taking their first steps into “big school” our large backpack is the perfect choice and can last your child most of their primary school career. The adjustable straps make it easy to carry for parents and children alike, and you’ll comfortably pack their Bento Box, books, and sports kit with no trouble.

We also recommend our large backpack for Day Care, based on the extensive list of things you need to take along for your child.

Whatever size you need, our durable backpacks for kids are a great investment for long-lasting, high-quality school accessories.


Carrying books, toys and lunchboxes can oftentimes be heavy business, so it’s important to ensure your kid’s backpack is fully equipped with features that assist in making the journey to the classroom a comfortable one.

All our kids’ school backpacks have adjustable and padded shoulder straps that mean extra comfort when wearing, as well as a padded handle that won’t cut into little hands when picked up.

Scratch and water-resistant, it’s easy for parents to wipe away the mess of the day with a wet cloth, and the cotton canvas outer material means rain won’t ruin anything inside your kid’s backpack – homework included!

Weight Limit

Sometimes school is demanding, and your child may have heaps of things to fit in their backpack – but it’s important to ensure their backpack doesn’t get too heavy.

Luckily, our medium and large kids’ school backpacks have plenty of space to fit your everyday essentials. With the ability to fit 14-litres, our medium backpack is great for a day at kindie, or a family day trip where snacks are a must!

For those with a few books more, our large backpack has a 23-litre capacity, enabling your child to carry everything they need – just make sure your kid’s backpack isn’t too weighed down!


It’s simple for parents to pack their kid’s backpack – but how accessible is it for little hands during the day?

All our Penny Scallan kids’ school backpacks feature big zippers, meaning opening and closing the backpack is a simple task for small hands. The silicone name tag charm means your child can personalise their Penny backpack and find it amongst the sea of items in the cloakroom.

Our unique array of designs and prints mean that your kid’s backpack can become personal to them – letting them choose the style of the bag that will accompany them to school or kindie every day is a great way to help your child express their unique identity.

Whatever design you choose, our kids’ backpacks are a must-have for any little one heading to school, kindie, or a sleepover at their grandparents! Buy a kids’ backpack from Penny Scallan today – we promise you’ll love it – and so will your little one!