Get your kids ready for every aspect of back-to-school preparations. The panel of parent testers at Parent Tested Parent Approved (PTPA) reviewed a variety of products and awarded their chosen winners with the PTPA Media Seal of Approval. From eating enough nutrients to saving lunch money to getting up on time, there is something that will help your child through the year. Read the testimonials to see why these are the winners of this year's best back-to-school supplies.
Courtesy of Easy Daysies
Easy Daysies Magnetic Schedules
Use this great daily scheduler to help make every day go smoothly. It's mom/teacher created, made with 70 percent recycled materials, and helps children become cooperative, responsible, and independent! (Retail Price: $25.99)
Testimonial: "My three kids have all taken to this product -- they love adding their own reminders and reminding me not to forget to sign permission forms. I can honestly say it helps keep us more organized." -- Randi L.
Courtesy of VTech
VTech V.Reader Animated E-Book System
Kids will discover the joy of reading and become confident, fluent readers. They can interact with stories using the bright touch screen and QWERTY keyboard or sit back, watch, and enjoy. (Retail Price: $39.99)
Testimonial: "The V.Reader is...obviously built with kids in mind. I love how substantial and durable it is! I have two boys who love to read but are very clumsy, and it was put to the test. Love the cover that protects the screen and how entertaining and educational it is." -- Sammy Z.
Courtesy of Moonjar
Here's a great way for kids to learn about money and to start a positive dialog on how to save, spend, and share it. This kit includes a family guide, a passbook to record transactions, and a three-section color-coded jar. (Retail Price: $7.95)
Testimonial: "When we first sat down with Logan, he didn't really have a good understanding of finances -- I'm not sure how many 6-year-olds do. When we gave him the Moonjar, he immediately wanted to put 90 percent of his allowance into the sharing tin. We were able to help him set financial goals, discuss what he wanted to save up for, and how much he should allocate to savings and charity." -- Soulla L.
Courtesy of Today I ate a Rainbow
Today I Ate A Rainbow Kit
This chart, designed for preschoolers, will tempt children to eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies every day. The Rainbow Bunch characters teach why it's important to eat healthy; the chart empowers and rewards kids. (Retail Price: $18.99)
Testimonial: "The minute we opened this, my daughter grabbed it and immediately started to pop out all the bright-colored shapes! She was so excited to see which 'rainbows' she ate! Since then it has become her favorite daily activity to put the magnets on the chart. What a wonderful teaching tool (I have learned lots too)!" -- Alana C.
Courtesy of Earth Swag
EarthSwag Sandwich Wrap Placemat and Snack Wrap
Replace your one-use sandwich wrap or snack bags with these adorable eco-friendly bags! They're reusable, made of bacteria-inhibiting fabric, and come in ultra-adorable designs. (Retail Price: $11.99 and $15.99)
Testimonial: "I have looked at other reusable snack bags in stores, but the quality and size of the bags never seemed just right. Earth Swag definitely got it right. The fabric washed nicely, and my kids really think it's great!" -- Lara T.
This product is no longer available as of July 2013.
Courtesy of Fridge-to-Go
Fridge-to-Go Lunch Fridge Medium
Keep lunches fresh and cold with this fantastic Fridge-to-Go cooler. The cold pack is hidden inside the entire back portion of the lining so it keeps an even, cold temperature without taking up valuable food and drink space! Stays chilled up to 12 hours! (Retail Price: $19.99)
Testimonial: "The Fridge-to-Go is far superior to other thermal bags we've used in the past. It's great for my son, who goes to Karate three times a week and comes home wanting a cold drink and a snack!" -- Kara M.
Courtesy of Tooth Timer
No more struggling! Your kids will actually brush their teeth for two full minutes, thanks to this adorable timer. Easy to use, designed by a mom, and recommended by dentists and hygienists -- no batteries needed! (Retail Price: $10.99)
Testimonial: "A very simple idea has saved our family hours in arguments over brushing longer! Both of our kids set the timer every day and now brush without any reminding from us. We are huge fans of this product." -- Jana A.
Good Nite Lite
Is it time to wake up yet? Little ones can't always tell when it's time, but they can tell that the sun means awake time and the moon means sleep time! Parents will get more sleep and kids' schedules become easier to keep. (Retail Price: $34.99)
Testimonial: "My son has always been an early riser, and the Good Nite Lite has truly helped him to know when it is time to wake up. I especially like that it is training him and that we don't have to be the bad guys. He loves waiting for the sun to light up so he knows he can come out of bed." -- Marina R.
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