10 Back-to-School Supplies Your Kids Will Actually Love
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It seems summer has peaked—and now parents and kids alike are feeling the slow, inevitable slide toward the beginning of the school year. Whether your children dread it or can’t wait to get back into the groove of a routine, back-to-school shopping helps everyone get in the mood for crisp fall days, backpacks filled with books and making new friends. In that spirit, here are 10 fun accessories that will make every kid ready to hop on that bus.
Yoobi Laptop Sleeve
Everyone could use a healthy dose of extra on the first day of school, right? This retro, sparkly gem provides a bit of razzle dazzle while protecting your prized tech possessions, such as a 13” laptop. Even better: for every Yoobi item purchased, another is donated to a child in need.
BUY IT: Target, $15
Snap Bracelet Ruler
On one side, it looks like a regular old snap bracelet decorated with motifs like dinosaurs, sharks, smiling ice cream cones or pet paws. But unwrap it and turn it over to find a 12” ruler ready to work its magic as a straight edge or handy measuring tool.
BUY IT: Target, $3
Your eco-conscious teen will appreciate that this four-pack of college-ruled composition notebooks are made from recycled materials and lined with soy ink. Plus, this “cozy and cosmic” collection has a cover print for many different moods.
BUY IT: Target, $27
Everybody makes mistakes, right? This set of erasers takes the “extra” theme a bit further by adding a hang-10 chill eraser, a pair of heart-shaped sunglasses and a spaceship ready to beam up those errors and blast them right off into outer space.
BUY IT: Target, $3
Give your kids an edge when learning to tell time with this Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2, which also features a camera with photo effects, a touch screen, a pedometer, games and a video camera that allows children to capture whatever they’re up to. The rechargeable watch is splash-resistant, sweatproof, and holds up to 1,600 photos.
BUY IT: Target, $35
For younger kids, tucking a fun school-related item into their backpacks—such as these “sketch & sniff” notepads—definitely adds to the excitement on the first day of school. This reasonably priced three-pack comes with cupcake, donut and rainbow sherbet scented notebooks, plus a matching glitter pen. If your kids need a reminder that fruits are better than treats, there’s also a four-pack featuring “cutie fruities” instead of desserts.
BUY IT: Amazon, $9
Video Game Pencil Case
For those who prefer subtlety, this easy-to-clean pencil case is a great way to remind your kid throughout the day that good grades equal Xbox time. The case holds up to 50 pens or pencils, most smaller office supplies and even an Xbox controller. (How meta.) Other helpful features include four elastic pen loops, padded sides and a zipper pouch for smaller items.
BUY IT: Amazon, $15
No age can resist a six-piece set of brightly hued, fun-sized highlighters. So, whether they're using them to draw rainbows or to liven up an econ text, your little one will be ready to hit the books.
BUY IT: Amazon, $6
Your little organizer will love the Itty-Bitty Desktop Office Tool Kit, a turquoise box filled with a stapler, staple remover, paper clips, scissors and push pins featuring cute images of a no-drama llama and a “keep it lazy” sloth.
BUY IT: Amazon, $12
What’s better than a calculator? A “cat-culator,” of course. We don't recommend using that joke if you want your kids to like this adorable, solar-powered adding machine. Instead, maybe point out that they’ll probably be the only ones in class with such a unique and playful calculator, and that math lessons will be infinitely more interesting with this little guy.
BUY IT: Amazon, $12