The best binder for elementary school
The Mead Zipper Binder with Expanding File is lightweight and simple — the perfect binder to help young kids learn how to organize their schoolwork.
Pros: Lightweight, built-in expanding file, interior and exterior pockets
Cons: May wear with heavy use
Before you buy a binder for elementary school, check with your child’s teacher and/or consult their school supplies list. Some elementary school teachers have a strict list of materials for their students. If you have choice in the binder your child uses, we recommend the Mead Zipper Binder with Expanding File.
First and foremost, this binder comes in different color options, which is pretty important to young kids. It’s also very functional for elementary school with durable fabric, interior pockets, exterior pockets, and an interior expanding file. While there are two pencil/pen pockets on the outside, I recommend purchasing an additional pencil box or pouch. Students in elementary school have a lot of pencils, crayons, markers, and other school supplies that should have their own designated space.
This binder is 1.5 inches thick, which is the perfect size for all of the papers an elementary school student will need to carry. I like zipper binders for elementary school so students don’t lose their assignments — even if they don’t put them all away neatly, they at least won’t fall out as long as the binder is zipped.
It’s a rather lightweight binder, which could translate to quick wear with heavy use. However, the light weight and simplicity of the binder are why it’s our pick for elementary-schoolers. It won’t weigh little backpacks down and doesn’t include unnecessary bells and whistles.