The Best Back-to-School Gear

Make back-to-school more fun with these cool tools and accessories.

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Better Than Brown Bagging

Photograph by Dave Bradley

Better Than Brown Bagging

These lunch boxes and bag will be the star of any cafeteria table. Each is easy to open and close (no small feat with some we've tested) and a snap to clean.

Lunch Happens Bento Lunch Box (shown at left) Available in three designs.

Trunk Snack Box (shown at middle) Also available in a snail design.

Classic Lunch Sack (shown at right) Available in 27 designs.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine

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Head-of-the-Class Backpack

Photograph by Dave Bradley

Head-of-the-Class Backpack

Cuddlepack Available in four designs.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine

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Head-of-the-Class Backpack

Photograph by Dave Bradley

Head-of-the-Class Backpack

Grade School Backpack Available in four designs.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine

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Head-of-the-Class Backpack

Photograph by Dave Bradley

Head-of-the-Class Backpack

School Backpack Available in seven designs.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine

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Head-of-the-Class Backpack

Photograph by Dave Bradley

Head-of-the-Class Backpack

Blok Available in eight colors.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine

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Head-of-the-Class Backpack

Photograph by Dave Bradley

Head-of-the-Class Backpack

Zippee Backpack Available in 12 designs.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine

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Head-of-the-Class Backpack

Photograph by Dave Bradley

Head-of-the-Class Backpack

Dabbawalla Backpack Available in 12 designs.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine

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Scratch Out Stray Marks

Photograph by Mark Mantegna

Scratch Out Stray Marks

Make no mistake, the Happy Fortune Kitty Eraser is a purr-fect addition to any back-to-school pencil case.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine

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Great T-shirts for Back-to-School

Photograph by Tim MacKay

Great T-shirts for Back-to-School

Our vote for most entertaining back-to-school shopping website? Threadless.com. Artists submit T-shirt designs and the Threadless community votes for their favorites, the most popular of which--such as the Homework Evidence shirt shown here--are then offered for sale on the site.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine

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Page Markers with Personality

Photograph by Mark Mantegna

Page Markers with Personality

Whimsical Tallyho Let's Go! Sticky Memos are ideal for tagging textbook pages, but they're also great for surprise notes hidden inside backpacks by sneaky parents. Available in four sets.

Originally published in the September 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine

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Take a Note

Take a Note

Playtime for Kids Pads are a series of clever activity prompts for kids. Each one comes with 40 tear-off checklists, meaning lots of repeat play. And with eight themes to pick from, there's a plethora of creative choices: sketch and display artwork with I'm an Artist, for example, or encourage and keep track of new experiences (I took a bite of broccoli!) with I Tried It. See page 65 for a book lover's pad. Ages 5 and up. Knock Knock, $6.50 each
--Krista Hojnowski

Originally published in the September 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Big Apple Buddies Lunch Bags sport friendly faces on the outside and ample storage for lunches inside. Ages 3 to 7. Built NY, $20

Originally published in the September 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Mark your page with style

Mark Mantegna

Mark your page with style

These origami-style Magnetic Bookmarks use tiny magnets to clamp onto a piece of paper.

Originally published in the October 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Magnets with real attraction

Mark Mantegna

Magnets with real attraction

Give your fridge an artful update with Wooden Magnetic Sets. The sets with shapes come in a variety of themes, including farm, shown here, while letter sets are available in uppercase and lowercase. Ages 3 to 8. Mudpuppy, $18 each.

Originally published in the October 2012 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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Peter LaMastro

To outfit the space, provide a mix of storage bins and buckets in each child's designated color. They'll corral toys and give each sibling special places to stow treasured items.

I Could've Bin an Art Caddy, $21.95

I Could've Bin a Cube Bin, $29, landofnod.com

Originally published in the December/January 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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A watch with the write stuff

Mark Mantegna

A watch with the write stuff

Kids can doodle or draw on their own time with Write On Watches. Sketch with pencil for erasable creations or use ink for a more lasting look. The flexible paperlike band is water- and tear-resistant and comes in three styles: graph, ruled, and plain white. Streamline Inc., $5.99

Originally published in the March 2013 issue of FamilyFun magazine.

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