22 Back-to-School Gear Must-Haves for 2018

Blue and Pink Sloth Backpack
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Get your kids excited for school with these funky trends that will last all year. 
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1. Steady Sloths

Because after struggling through a looooong morning routine, you’ll smile when you see your own slow mover slip this backpack on. $23.

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2. All the Llamas

A line of colorful mammals inching along just might be the magic that helps your kid learn to measure. $2; Staples stores.

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3. Shiny Things

Everyone in our back-to-school meeting wished this golden jacket and pair of pom-pom sneakers also came in grown-up sizes. Oh, well; that’s why we have kids. $39.50 each.

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4. A Winged Book Bag

Perfect for your angel, this lightweight pack has a zippered slot where you can slip last-minute notes. $44.

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5. Bendable Kid Specs

Our own art director wears Zenni eyeglasses, so when we found tot and kid versions ($24 with lenses!), we were thrilled. Each pair is a single pliable piece of plastic.

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Jeffrey Westbrook

6. A Nod to Minecraft

Want a smart, sneaky way to please your Minecraft-obsessed kid? Put this thermos in his lunch box! $15.

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7. This Face!

You see the wee wings and toothy grin, and then it hits you. This lunch box is… a hanging bat. Dying! $15.

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8. Cactus Love

We’re prickly about being force-fed trends, but we’re stuck on succulents. This pencil case from buy-one-give-one Yoobi is the best. $6.

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Jeffrey Westbrook

9. JanSport for Smalls

JanSport’s SuperBreak is mini and ultralight, but the design of the universe feels big. $48.

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10. Stitch Fix Kids

Order a box of eight to 12 pieces from brands like Hanna Andersson and Nike to come to your door. Keep what you like ($10 to $35 per item), and return the rest. Sizes 2T to 14.

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11. Hued Glue

It’s a have-to-have ingredient for DIY slime, but Elmer’s glitter glue is a legit item for your school-supply list too. $5.50/bottle.

12. A Mermicorno!

ZoLi x Tokidoki’s insulated jar keeps your kid’s mac ’n’ cheese warm for six hours, and this one’s got a unicorn-mermaid on it. Win. And win. $30.

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13. Graphic Dinos

Our mom editors flipped for these line drawings on Zip & Zoe’s bag. We all agree that a side water-bottle pocket is key. $30.

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14. A Stockpile of Pencils

Buying pre-sharpened pencils saves sanity! $3 for 24.

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15. A Light Lunch

We’d love this bag even if it didn’t come in pink camo, because it’s small enough to fit in little backpacks. $20.

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16. Love Notes

Twelve cards in six shapes let you slip a quick message in with your kid’s sandwich. Our suggestion for Day 1: You’re going to rock this year! $12.

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17. Smiling Sneaks

A new year calls for new kicks—and these monsters are both comfy and adorbs. Plus, they’re so light your preschooler will feel even speedier in them! $40.

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Jeffrey Westbrook

18. Far-Out Socks

Summertime play does a grubby number on socks, but a few fresh cotton blend pairs will perk up a kid’s supply. $14.50 for three.

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Jeffrey Westbrook

19. A+ Pack

Cult-fave baby-carrier-brand Tula is coming to preschool. Its impeccably crafted (and cute) backpack features magnetic closures and a sliding chest clip. $79.

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20. A Rainbow Notebook

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21. A Rocket Tee

Ready for blastoff! $26; oshkosh.com.

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22. A Bedazzled Backpack

$18; target.com.

 

 

This article originally appeared in Parents magazine as 'You're Welcome; 22 Things That Will Delight You And Your Kid All School Year.'

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