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.
Richen Laptop Sleeve
Here's one way to have an out-of-this-world first day of school. This galaxy-inspired altop sleeve provides a bit of razzle dazzle while protecting your prized tech possessions, such as a 13-inch laptop. It even comes with a convenient shoulder strap for easy carrying.
On one side, it looks like a regular old snap bracelet decorated with a fun, vibrant print. But unwrap it and turn it over to find a 12-inch ruler ready to work its magic as a straight edge or handy measuring tool.
Your eco-conscious teen will appreciate that this 3-ring binder is made from 85% post-consumer waste recycled materials and assembled in the USA. You can check out Decomposition Book's other binder styles and fill each one with the brand's own recycled filler paper.
Give your kids an edge when learning to tell time with this Kidizoom Smartwatch DX3, 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.
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 strawberry on comes with a matching "smencil" to write with. And if strawberry isn't your kid's favorite scent, they can choose between blueberry, orange, donut, and more!
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.
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.
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.