The Best Backpacks For Kids ( for Preschool, Elementary & Middle School)

If you’re looking for Backpacks For Kids, then look no further. Here you’ll find best backpacks for toddlers and preschoolers that fit their small bodies. I know it can be difficult to find the right size of backpack for your children because I struggled with finding them for my kids when they were younger.

When my oldest son was younger, and more recently with my youngest son , finding the right backpack was the best part of shopping for school supplies. I think it’s because they feel all grown up when they carry a backpack like the bigger kids. Since backpacks come in a variety of colors and patterns, choosing one may take a while. My kids always wanted one with their favorite cartoon characters on it.

This one is genius! Kids will love that they can share their artwork where ever they go. The plastic frame also doubles as a writing surface, and will make trips to the grocery store or doctors office more bearable. It comes in blue, green, and pink! If I were a kid I’d definitely want this one.

If you’re a college student and looking for a sturdy and stylish backpack to carry all your college essentials, be sure to check our dedicated guide to the best school backpacks for college.

What To Consider When Choosing A Backpack?

Size – I think size is the most important thing to consider when choosing a backpack for a small child. You don’t want it to be too big or too small. It’s a bit like the 3 bears, but you want it to be just right.

Durability – Looking at customer reviews can help you evaluate quality and durability of products.

Value – What are you getting for your money? Think about how long you plan to use the backpack and how much you’re willing to spend and about the value.

The Best Small Backpacks – Cute Skip Hop Zoo Preschool Backpacks

My favorite preschool backpacks are these Skip Hop Zoo backpacks. They’re great for preschoolers and toddlers for pre k or just to carry toys around in. There are a variety to choose from, so it’s easy to find one your child will like. Better yet, why not let your child pick just the right one? Of course you could run into the problem I had when I showed these to my son, he wanted them all!

Parent reviews for these are excellent! Most people purchased these for babies on up to preschoolers, but if you have a child in kindergarten or above than you may want to consider one of the other backpacks on this page because of the size of these. These are designed for small children, so they’re a little too small to hold folders and such that a school age child would need to carry.

There are several other animals available and you can see all of them by clicking on one of the images below.

Cute Boys Preschool Backpacks

Yizibo Dinosaur Backpack


Robot 15″ Backpack by Wildkin – Perfect for Elementary School


Heroes 15″ Backpack by Wildkin – Perfect for Middle School


I have two boys, so I can tell you boys sure do love their backpacks. My boys have not only used them for school, but they’ve packed them full of toys, books, crayons, and all kinds of other treasures.

The backpacks in this section are some of the most adorable boys backpacks I’ve ever seen. I adore the robot!

The great thing about these are that they’re big enough for school age children in kindergarten and first grade, but small enough for toddlers and preschoolers. Some of these even have more design choices and you can see all of the options by clicking on the image.

Cute Preschool Backpacks For Girls

Cute Gold-Rose Backpack by Gazigo


Cute Unicorn Backpack by  Zenithlife


Disney’s Minni Mouse Backpack


I don’t have little girls, but I’m still a little girl at heart and these backpacks make my inner child squeal with delight. I love all the pink backpacks, flowers, and all the girly stuff! These are terrific small backpacks for girls! They’re great for school, for toys, and make great gifts!


Fun Ways For Your Child To Use A Backpack – School And Play

Small backpacks are great for preschool or daycare, but there are so many more uses for them that have nothing to do with school.

Toddlers and preschoolers love backpacks and anything else that can be filled with small toys. When my oldest was little he used to carry around a tote bag of toys to play with when we went to doctor visits or other places he may have to wait. He loved deciding which toys would go on trips with him

My youngest son used to pretend he was going to school before he was old enough and he would carry a backpack around. He also did “homework”, but now that he actually has homework he doesn’t want to do it. How does that happen?

Backpacks are excellent to take on camping trips or on over night trips to grandmas. They’re the perfect size for pajamas, a change of clothes, and some small toys. I’m sure grandma will fill it up even more for the return trip home.
Which is your favorite backpack for kids?

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