Colorful pens help make notes organized and fun
via target.comIs there anything more fun than a pack of brand new colorful pens? They're perfect for scribbling down funny back-to-school jokes. But they're practical too, because they help differentiate subjects and dates when taking notes, and that can help keep your overwhelmed honors student laser-focused and eager to learn. Plus, those binder doodles are way more fun in multi color. BIC Gel-ocity gel pens dry fast, have comfortable grips, and come in oodles of vibrant colors.
Younger kids will go wild for scented markers
via shop.crayola.comRemember those scented markers from childhood? They're classics, and they're even better than ever now. Grade school-age children will get excited for art projects, DIY book illustrations, dioramas, and free time when they realize their markers offer a multi-sensory experience. Crayola Silly Scents are washable, too, so you know those adorable back to school outfits will make it through art class unscathed. You'll be glad you have them when it comes time for Halloween crafts!
via officedepot.comErasers are a perennial winner for kids of most ages because they're fun, inexpensive (you don't have to worry if they get lost), and send the message that mistakes are OK loud and clear. (Do you know the fascinating history behind pencils?) It's more satisfying to correct a multiplication mistake with a rubber donut than a typical pink square, don't you think? These delicious-looking erasers are $1 per pack at Office Depot.
via officedepot.comSure, you could just opt for a plain notebook in your child's favorite color, but sometimes classes are boring and homework is hard, so why not perk up their assignments with fun prints, positive themes, and exciting colors? Added bonus: you can subtly remind your child to actually eat the fruit in their lunchbox with this fun, inexpensive banana print notebook.
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Too cool not to bring to school headphones
via amazon.comPublic and private schools alike are encouraging more computer and tablet time for kids now, and many of those schools are asking children to bring their own headphones to school (because honestly, teachers aren't paid enough to listen to 30 computers blasting math software at the same time). Here's how to find good headphones for your little ones. Many of those schools also ask parents to supply the over-the-head style headphones, which are great because they give kids a chance to express their personal style (and mark their own names on the side). These rainbow lights headphones by Coby light up and have stereo-quality sound so you know every single bit of that Algebra app make it into your kid's brain.
Mature, device-friendly backpacks
via tjmaxx.tjx.comSince kids are toting laptops and tablets regularly, it makes sense to supply them with the right kind of bag—and make sure it's one that fits properly. (By the way, here's how to organize your child's backpack for success.) Nothing kills those happy, beginning of the year vibes quite like breaking a loaner laptop. This INCASE Cargo laptop backpack has a padded extra compartment just for laptops and portables so you don't have to worry.
Fun pencil cases
via yoobi.comThey're not just plain or cutesy, girls-only styles anymore, either. Pencil cases are super cool, necessary, and run the spectrum from mega masculine to gender-neutral to fearlessly feminine. They're also a great way to get kids excited about all the stuff they have to store to get through a day at school, like erasers, calculators, glue sticks, safety scissors, and you guessed it—pencils. Brands like Yoobi are making intergalactic-themed pencil cases that won't get lost, either, because they clip right into three-ring binders.
Highlight some fun
via staples.comIf your child is at book report-age or beyond, there is a good chance they need highlighters. First, check out some healthy ways to help them excel in school. Then get them excited to highlight important facts, passages, and definitions with these fun popsicle highlighters from Staples stores that are cheap, cheerful, and will remind them of their long-lost summer all year long. Older kids will get a kick out of these retractable pen-style highlighters, too.
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Bring the photosynthesis lessons home
Just about every elementary school student is taught how plants grow, but the word—photosynthesis—and the concept can be a challenge, and some kids just don't connect to the concept at all. Embrace the challenge by growing your own seedlings at home: It's a hands-on homework lesson that will leave a lasting impression. Hamama is a monthly subscription service that offers a virtually kill-proof way to grow microgreens in your window sill. Perfect for busy parents and newbie farmer students.