The best back-to-school supplies for kids

Make sure to put these cool lunch boxes, pens, notebooks and more on your kid's back-to-school supplies shopping list

Celebrate the season with awesome back-to-school supplies for your super cool kids! Start with a visit to these school supply stores (and you can hunt around for free school supplies as well), then browse our list for some fun online shopping opportunities. The internet is a wonderful place to find sweet knick-knacks for the whole squad!

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While you have back-to-school supplies on the mind, you might also start thinking about signing the kiddos up for after-school programs and hitting up our favorite kids' clothing stores, too!

School supplies for kids

Ages 3–5: Animal crayons

Ages 3–5: Animal crayons

When bunnies and bears come together with crayons, this adorable 12-pack happens. $12, momastore.org

Ages 3–5: Bow-tie shirt

Ages 3–5: Bow-tie shirt

Voilà! Looking put-together just got a whole lot easier thanks to this cute cotton shirt with a detachable bow tie. $15, hm.com

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Ages 3–5: Juice in the Box

Ages 3–5: Juice in the Box

Leakproof, dishwasher-safe and made from 80 percent recycled material, this reusable juice box will save your kid’s homework from spills time and time again. $12, amazon.com

Ages 3–5: Tsukihoshi Neo

Ages 3–5: Tsukihoshi Neo

These ultra comfy Velcro shoes from Tsukihoshi take one time-consuming step out of your kid’s morning routine. $52.95, badorfkids.com


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Ages 3–5: Neon Orange Giraffe Lunch Box

Ages 3–5: Neon Orange Giraffe Lunch Box

A cute giraffe print makes this sweet lunch bag a great pick for tykes. It also includes a removable lining for inevitable spills. $25, us.soyoung.ca

Ages 6–8: Charmed key chain

Ages 6–8: Charmed key chain

A lucky faux rabbit’s foot pales in comparison to this adorable fishy key chain, which is perfect for popping onto a backpack. $16, anthropologie.com


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Ages 6–8: Bentgo Kids lunch box

Ages 6–8: Bentgo Kids lunch box

Bring bento-box–style dining to your kid’s backpack with this cute container. Five compartments allow for all kinds of snacks. Did we mention that it’s leakproof? $28, target.com

Ages 6–8: Metallic pencils

Ages 6–8: Metallic pencils

These six large, easy-grip metallic pencils are perfect for school projects that require a little bit of flair. $7.49, shop.eeboo.com


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Ages 6–8: Panda pencil organizer

Ages 6–8: Panda pencil organizer

Store pens, pencils and other school gear in this soft multipocket panda case for safe travel to the classroom. $6, yoobi.com


Ages 9–11: Mini Medley soft- cover notebooks

Ages 9–11: Mini Medley soft- cover notebooks

Color-coding is a piece of cake with this set of 10 notebooks, each sporting a different relaxing hue. $20, poppin.com

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Ages 9–11: Drumstick pens

Ages 9–11: Drumstick pens

Aspiring drummers can write (and rock out!) with two cool wooden ballpoint pens that look like real drumsticks. $8, uncommongoods.com

Ages 9–11: Dinosaurs Decomposition book

Ages 9–11: Dinosaurs Decomposition book

A clever twist on the classic school supply list, these 80-page dino composition books are made from 100 percent recycled paper. $8, amazon.com

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Ages 12–14: Ice cream pens

Ages 12–14: Ice cream pens

Summer might be ending, but you can still enjoy the look of these supercute pens that come in blue and pink. $2, yoobi.com


Ages 12–14: Laptop sleeve

Ages 12–14: Laptop sleeve

Even kids who truly abuse their book bags can keep their laptops safe and sound with this groovy case, which has a scratch- resistant microfiber interior. $36, society6.com


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Ages 12–14: One-ring binder

Ages 12–14: One-ring binder

Brighten up your day (and back-to- school look) by keeping papers in these vibrant multicolored binders. $6, target.com

Ages 12–14: Settlement backpack

Ages 12–14: Settlement backpack

hese simple, ultra modern backpacks come in great colors and patterns and include a 15-inch laptop sleeve. $60, herschel.com

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Ages 12–14: Post-it Tabs and Flags

Ages 12–14: Post-it Tabs and Flags

Forget dog-earing textbook pages—these colorful little tabs will have your kiddos pumped to mark their favorite lines. $6, post-it.com

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