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School Supplies: Part 1
A favorite back-to-school ritual is stocking up on new school supplies. Whether you need fresh notebooks or a new pencil case, there are plenty of colorful options on store shelves this year. Here are some supplies TFK's editors want in their backpacks.
1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle 2 Pocket Portfolio, available at Target ($1.00)
Fans of the Nickelodeon cartoon can show off their turtle pride with this TMNT folder.
2. Crayola Wild Notes 1 Subject Notebook, available at Toys R Us and other nationwide stores ($5.99)
Write wild notes with this notebook full of ruled black pages. The included metallic marker will help your notes jump off the page.
3. Slap Ruler Bracelets, available at Target ($2.99)
With this ruler that you can wear around your wrist, you'll always have one on hand.
4. Fashion Angels Duct Tape, available at Target ($3.49 each)
Try making your own pencil case with colorful duct tape, available in assorted patterns.
5. BIC Brite Liner Highlighter Tape, 2 -pack, available at office supply stores ($5.80)
Like whiteout dispensers, this highlighter tape can be tricky to use at first, but it glides nicely over text and erases easily.
6. Bic Round Stic Grip Colors, 8-pack of pens, available at office supply stores ($2.75)
Brighten up your notes with these ballpoint pens, filled with assorted interesting ink colors. But remember to stick to traditional black and blue pens and pencils when taking tests!
School Supplies: Part 2
Check out more school supplies.
1. Fashionit Spark of Fashion Composition Notebook Cover, available at justfashionit.com ($11.99)
Refashion your composition book with this sparkly notebook cover.
2. 1.5-inch Binder, available at Target ($7.00)
Keep your papers organized in this 3-ring binder that features apair of cute foxes.
3. Pencil Pouch, available at Target ($3.00)
Store your writing tools in this flat pencil pouch, also available in other colorful patterns.
4. Despicable Me 2 3D Bookmark, available at amazon.com ($8.99)
Mark your place in your textbook with this 3-D bookmark that features a Despicable Me 2 minion.
5. 3M Scotch Magic Tape Chameleon Dispenser, available at Target ($8.99)
Scotch tape becomes a chameleon’s tongue with this eye-catching tape dispense
6. Locker Mirror, available at Target ($3.49)
Have a locker? Stick this magnetic mirror inside the door for a fun, yet practical, decoration.
7. Kimmidoll Junior Millie Triangular Pencil Case, product line available at Amazon.com ($13.00)
Ladybug lovers will enjoy this pretty pencil case, which is thick enough to also fit your calculator and other tools for school.
School Gear: Part 1
Pack it up! It’s time to get your gear. These are just a few of the most fun backpacks and lunch sacks available this season.
1. Wow Pack, available at WowPacks.com ($34.99)
The sound effects and movements of these animated backpacks are great if you don’t have to carry a heavy load.
2. SuperME Classic Cape Backpack, available at supermehero.com ($39.90)
Unzip your cape, throw on your eye mask, and save the day with this playful line of superhero gear.
3. BYO by Built Lunch Sack, available at Target ($9.99)
This stretchy, stylish insulated sack keeps your lunch cool and folds flat when you’re finished with what’s inside.
School Gear: Part 2
Check out more backpacks and lunch sacks.
1. Dually, available at ecogear-products.com ($28.99)
This soft backpack, made from eco-friendly materials, comes with an attached cooler bag to cover all your carrying needs.
2. Gorilla Messenger, available at ecogear-products.com ($26.99)
This over-the-shoulder messenger bag and insulated cooler, made from eco-friendly materials, is both water-resistant and washable.
3. BYO by Built Sandwich and Snack Sleeve set, available at Target ($9.99)
This set lets you store snacks and sandwiches in a reusable, eco-friendly container that can go straight in the dishwasher.
Going back to school once meant stocking your backpack with textbooks, notebooks, and pencils. Today, many students are carrying tech gear, too.
1. Kurio Touch 4s Tablet, available at www.toysrus.com/kurio ($99.99)
After school, use a tablet designed just for kids to play apps, read e-books, and browse kid-safe websites. This new pocket-sized Wi-Fi Android device features a 4-inch screen and comes preloaded with more than 25 family-friendly apps like Angry Birds Space, Story Theater: Toy Story, and Toon Goggles. Plus, you can safely surf the web with filtered Internet browsing.
2. LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra, available in green, pink and blue at leapfrog.com ($149.99)
Kid-safe Wi-Fi comes to LeapFrog's LeapPad with this new hi-res 7-inch screen device, featuring front and back cameras. You'll gain access to videos, ebooks, and LeapFrog's library of learning games. In addition to searching the web with the LeapSearch browser, you can also use Wi-Fi to connect to other players in your household for multiplayer games.
3. Xhilaration Glitter Calculator, available in assorted colors at Target ($3.00)
Carry a small calculator in your pencil case for checking your math work.
4. Despicable Me 2 Flash Drives, available in 8GB or 16GB at Walmart and Kmart ($12.99-$17.99)
A USB flash drive is useful for backing up your latest assignments and typed notes. This one comes in the shape of Minion Dave from Despicable Me 2!
Just because school has begun doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun. These games are the perfect way to unwind from a busy day in the classroom.
1. Reverse Charades, available at Reversecharades.com ($16.50)
This is a silly twist on the classic acting game.
2. Ready to Go! Reading Tic-Tac-Toe, available at LakeshoreLearning.com ($24.99)
Put your grammar skills to the test with this on-the-go game.
3. Zip-It, available at Bananagrams.com ($14.95)
Race against your partner to create a word grid in record time.
4. Math Dice, available at Thinkfun.com ($5.99)
This brain-busting dice game challenges players to practice multiplication and exponents.
5. Discovery Kids Solar System Mobile Kit ($18.99)
Paint your own universe and learn about the size and arrangement of the planets.
Arts & Crafts Crates
After school, unleash your creativity with an arts and crafts box. They can be purchased individually or by monthly subscription.
1. Kiwi Crate, available at kiwicrate.com ($19.95 monthly subscription)
Artists can unlock scientific mysteries with this crafty, hands-on kit.
2. Super Cool Art, available at supercoolart.com ($49.95-$89.95 per kit)
A super cool kit for artists who have the time and space for bigger projects.
3. Green Kid Crafts, available at greenkidcrafts.com ($19.95 monthly subscription)
Art that is good for your mind and the earth! Just grab an adult before jumping into this eco-friendly kit.
For a complete Back to School guide, including a sample of new books and apps and some tips from experts for having a great school year, check out the September issue of the TIME FOR KIDS Family Edition (www.timeforkids.com/familyedition), available for download September 6.