Jump into Prep with a Prep bag

2020 Prep Bag
A student carrying the Prep bag.  

Every year, each Victorian Government school Prep student receives a Prep bag at the start of Term 1. The Prep bag celebrates a milestone in their educational journey.

The 19 useful and engaging items help you and your child transition into primary school and have a great start to the year. 

See all the items in this year's Prep bag in the video below. 

What's in the bag?

In 2020, Prep students will receive five quality children's books to build their literacy:

  • Silver Buttons, written and illustrated by Bob Graham
  • The Dress-Up Box, written by Patrick Guest and illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom
  • Where is Galah?, written and illustrated by Sally Morgan
  • Hello from Nowhere, written by Raewyn Caisley and illustrated by Karen Blair
  • Edward the Emu, written by Sheena Knowles and illustrated by Rod Clement.

Braille books
The Dress Up Box produced in braille by the Statewide Vision Resource Centre.

Prep books resources are available for your family.

These books will also be produced in braille by Statewide Vision Resource Centre and delivered to Prep students who are blind.

The Prep bag has a range of other goodies included too, such as:


  • Book labels (Ardoch) – for you to personalise your child's free Prep bag books.
  • Jigsaw puzzle (DET) – features a map of the world for you to talk to your child about their cultural background. It also provides further resources on global learning programs.
  • Mathscots ruler (DET) – features Mathscots characters from the Mathscots Animation Series, which helps you and your child have fun while exploring maths in everyday settings.
  • Three-Year-Old Kindergarten handout (DET) – Three-Year-Old Kindergarten is coming soon, learn more here.
  • 'Literacy and Numeracy Tips' booklet (DET) – has handy tips to help you to develop your child's literacy and numeracy skills from birth to 12-years-old.
  • National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) flyer – has all the latest art exhibitions, school holiday activities, workshops and learning resources at NGV.


  • NAB AFL Auskick activity booklet (Australian Football League) – has tips and fun activities for your child to learn more about footy, such as colour-in pages and puzzles.
  • ANZ Tennis Hot Shots flyer (Tennis Australia) – offers a free trial for your child to participate in tennis at your local tennis club. 

Health and wellbeing

  • 'Healthy start to school' booklet (Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and DET) – has the most up to date health information and practical tips to help you support your child's health and wellbeing as they transition to school life such as healthy lunchboxes, dental hygiene, sun protection, making friends, beating bugs, immunisation and allergies.
  • Mini-Heroes water bottle (DET) – helps your child stay hydrated throughout the school year. The bottle is BPA-free, as well as being microwave and dishwasher safe. The Mini Heroes website has a short video exploring some of the new and exciting things that your Preps will do at school, as well as information to support parent's introduction to ClickView.
  • Parentline magnet (DHHS) – has contact details for Parentline Victoria, a telephone counselling and support service for parents.
  • SunSmart stickers (SunSmart) – helps to remind your whole family to slip, slop, slap, slide and seek to reduce UV exposure. 
  •  'A guide to healthy eyes for kids' booklet (Optometry Victoria South Australia) – helps you and your child understand eye health and common vision problems. It has fun Eye Girl and Eye Guy activities for your child.

Find out more about transition and starting school on the Back to School web page.