I want my daughter to put her ruler, 2 pencils, 1 eraser and a book into her backpack.

Do we have a general word to refer these things?

I thought of "stuff" but it is too informal.

Can I say "Can you put your school supplies into your backpack"?

But "school supplies" sounds too much for some simple things above.

  • 2
    Why not just 'school things' or 'things for school'? Commented Jul 5, 2023 at 10:41
  • It's probably better with a small child to be more specific, as they may not know what to take or may forget something, but failing that, Weather Vane's "things" is fine.
    – Stuart F
    Commented Jul 5, 2023 at 11:20
  • School supplies would be things sold by a company for use in schools, not an individual person's belongings. Commented Jul 5, 2023 at 12:20

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There's nothing grammatically wrong with your sentence, but it does seem a bit formal for a parent-child interaction. How about:

Please pack up your backpack.


Please get your backpack ready for school.

As an aside, I tried to avoid asking questions of my kids when I was actually making requests.

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