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The best back-to-school supplies for kids

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

Never fear—we've got the best after-school programs, recommendations for school supply stores and more to get your city kids ready for the first day of school. Here, we've rounded up the coolest backpacks, lunch boxes, pens, notebooks and other school supplies we could find (both in local shops and big online retailers). Now they'll just one of the best school backpacks to put it all in! If you're trying to save some dough, track down spots in NYC giving out free school supplies.

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School supplies for kids


Ages 3–5: Animal crayons

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


Ages 3–5: Alex Toys Ready, Set, Tell Time! 

Tick, tock! Your kids can move this smiley clock’s plastic hands to find the time. $21, at alextoys.com


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, toysrus.com


Ages 3–5: Hello Kitty with Red Bow lunchbox 

Stow snacks big and small in this metal lunchbox, complete with a cute red handle and two kitty patterns. $12, at loungefly.com


Ages 3–5: PLAE Ty

Grab flexible, adorable kicks with a cool factor for kids on the go! Velcro sneaker straps can even be swapped for other colors. $54.95, at goplae.com


Ages 6–8: Fuzzy coin purse

Perfect for stashing lunch money, this cozy, fuzzy coin purse can clip to a backpack or belt loop. $4, at yoobi.com


Ages 6–8: Bentology insulated lunch bag

More pockets mean more hidden treats. Plus, how can kids say no to these cute patterns? $19, at bentology.net


Ages 6–8: Racecar One Subject spiral notebook

Be bold! This college-ruled race-car-striped spiral notebook is made for the stylish tyke who won’t stand for boring school supplies. $5, at poppin.com


Ages 6–8: Flower hair pins

Pretty clips are the cure for Monday morning bedhead, perfect for pinning back braids or jazzing up ponytails. $1.90, at forever21.com


Ages 6–8: Fjallraven Kånken mini

Transform your urban kids into on-trend mini mes with this teeny canvas backpack. $65, at fjallraven.us


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. $7.52, at amazon.com


Ages 9–11: Bübi bottle

Kids will love downing their H20 to roll up this soft, BPA-free silicon bottle. Choose from nine colors with mix-and-match caps! $17, at bubibottle.com


Ages 9–11: Salami Notes

Kiddos will love fooling their friends and jotting down quick notes on this good-enough-to-eat (but please don't) salami notepad. $14.49, at piqproducts.com


Ages 9–11: Xhilaration pencil cases

Sold in packs, these funky zip cases offer three pockets for stuff-storing. $5, at target.com 


Ages 9–11: Pineapple graphic tee

Your kiddo’s classroom will be a ray of sunshine with this happy-making cotton tee. $10.90, at forever21.com


Ages 12–14: Hooded tropical print jacket

Lightweight and cozy, this zip-up has a breezy tropical pattern that lets tweens hold onto summer a little longer. $19.90, at forever21.com


Ages 12–14: Bike bell

Watch out, world! Kiddos can zoom to school safely at 80—er—10mph with this bike bell. $18, at Annie’s Blue Ribbon General Store, 232 Fifth Ave, Brooklyn (718-522-9848, blueribbongeneralstore.com)


Ages 12–14: Southwestern patterned-strap watch

Slap on a lightweight, patterned watch with a soft, adjustable strap that’ll last from tween years to teen years. $12.90, at forever21.com


Ages 12–14: Banned book socks

Featuring titles of censored classics like The Great Gatsby and Lord of the Flies, mismatched banned book socks will please little rebels. $10, at outofprintclothing.com


Ages 12–14: Post-it Tabs and Flags (in Plaid, Geo and more)

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


Ages 12–14: Nylon messenger bag

This slick cross-body bag offers water-resistant fabric for braving the elements and two zippered pouches, plus it comes in four colors. $74, at brooklynindustries.com

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