Celebrate the season with awesome back-to-school supplies for kids! We've rounded up great picks for everyone from your preschoolers to your young teens at a variety of price points. See below for cute kids' clothes, gadgets, accessories and more that'll bring a smile to their faces, and don't forget to check out our guides to the best local school supply stores, as well as tips on where to get free school supplies.
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While you're planning ahead for the 2018–2019 school year, you'll also want to browse our roundup of top after-school programs in the area.
Best school supplies for kids
Before the school bus pulls away, pop books, snacks and toys into this printed single-pouch drawstring sack.You can even get it personalized with initials and cute embroidered symbols, from rainbow hearts and unicorns to dinosaurs, planets and skulls. $17.95, landsend.com
Your little beasts will devour whatever food you pack into this sharp-looking lunch box! Compact in size, it easily slides into smaller backpacks, and the zipper pocket is perfect for stashing snacks. $18, gap.com
Connected to a parent’s iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth, this alarm clock’s sleeping or waking digital face gets kids used to the idea of snoozing on a set schedule. While this little gadget demystifies the very concept of time, it also sends alerts and plays lullabies, among other cool features. $99, store.moma.org
We’re certainly not suggesting that your kids make paper airplanes at school. But if they ever do, they should reference Jeff Lammers and Ken Blackburn’s how-to book, which features animal- themed folding projects. $9.95, workman.com
Dudes and dudettes can keep lunch super chilled with this insulated camper-van lunch bag.The zipper top has a cool surfboard handle, and the inside will pack enough bento boxes to feed even the hungriest tween. $24, vwcoolboxproducts.com
Can you brush up on your STEM skills and still be the life of the party? Yes, you can. After building a mini electrical circuit,you and your kid can assemble this dapper bow tie that glows and blinks. $25, uncommongoods.com