The best students are often the most organized students (at least we hope!). We found two great student planners your kids will love using to stay on track for the entire school year. The Wimpy Kid School Planner will keep kids entertained with quips from Greg Heffley and gang, $14.95, while the return of Mead’s iconic Trapper Keeper student planner makes organizing a snap. $7.50. Imagine your kids never losing a permission slip again!
Industrial color school lockers do nothing to reflect the personality of their inhabitants—until you open the inside. Check out LockerLookz magnetic whiteboard, $6.99; lockerlookz.com and at specialty shops including Becky and Me Toys in Evanston. We also really like Mead Five Star’s all-in-one design dry erase board because it also includes a mirror and storage pocket. The giant slam-resistant magnets will stay in place. $5.99.
Nothing says back-to-school like a bunch of new pens. Pilot is a go-to with its Go-2 gel ink pen in 14 colors ($3.38-$7.46), the environment-saving B2P pens ($2.88-$4.99) that recycles six plastic bottles for every dozen pack of pens, and the FriXion Clicker, the first retractable erasable pen ($4.87-$5.99)
Net Nanny’s new Family Protection Pass helps families with Android smart phones and tablets and Mac and Windows computers keep their kids from porn, cyber bullying and online predators on all the devices in the home. The subscription also includes one free year of Net Nanny Social to help parents monitor their kids’ friends, pictures and posts on social media. 10 licenses $79.99, 15 licenses $99.99; netnanny.com
Kids need to stay hydrated to keep their minds fueled. Nalgene offers up some fun new colors for its BPA-free bottles, which carry a lifetime guarantee. These meet many schools’ requirements of no-screw tops. Grip ‘n Gulp, $9.25; On the Fly, $10, nalgene.com. We also like Nalgene’s shatter resistant food storage containers for a waste-free lunch. The containers come in four sizes, from 4-32 oz., $2.99-$5.99
The LaLaLounger created quite a buzz in our offices when it arrived. Everyone who sees the giant pillow wants it. This is a fun addition to the house to give kids a fun, relaxing place to study or read. $85-$95, lalalounger.com
The stylus will become more common as more schools move to touchscreen devices in the classroom. Marblue will make every mom happy with its slapband stylus to keep the kid and stylus connected. $14.99, gomarblue.com.
Make sure the kids’ stuff remains their stuff with Mabel’s Labels Ultimate Back-To-School Combo Pack or Stylish Scholars Combo Pack that includes more than 100 labels that won’t come off. $42, August-September; mabelslabels.com.
Elmer’s is out with special products just for preschoolers. We like that the glue pen and glue stick are great for small hands, that they are made to create less mess and are non-toxic and washable. $12; available in Target, Wal-Mart and Michaels.
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