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Photograph: PoppinPoppin The Art-Ful Crayons Who can resist these ten colorful little crayons? They'll be perfect for your kid's school coloring projects, and their easy-grip design makes them the perfect fit for little hands. The Art-Ful Crayons, Poppin (poppin.com) $9
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Photograph: Pottery Barn KidsSpencer Bento Box Kids can get little taste of everything at school from this lunchbox’s five cute compartments. It's dishwasher-safe, BPA and phthalate-free and it's available in pink, navy, lavender, green and turquoise. Spencer Bento Box, PBKids (potterybarnkids.com) $16
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Photograph: Mabel's LabelsMabel’s Labels Custom Metal Bag Tags Most schools require all of your kids' belongings to be labeled. Make the process easy by slapping one of these stylish personalized tags on their backpacks! They're well-suited to kids pre-school through middle school and come in various colors and fun designs like peace signs and cars. Custom Metal Bag Tags, Mabel's Labels, (mabelslabels.com) $21 for six
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Photograph: MadPaxMadPax hot tamale Bubble Full Pack Bubbly, red and rather alien-like, the Bubble Full Pack in hot tamale has two side-zip pockets, a padded laptop sleeve and an interior zip pocket for safely stowing books and binders. Bubble Full Pack, MadPax (madpax.com) $60
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Photograph: Lauren SpinelliLightning Bolt USB Hub Warning: A gift of this trendy lightning bolt may make you the coolest parent ever. Compatible with all computers, this four-port USB will let kids attach even more devices to your family desktop. Just think of all the things you can charge! Lightning Bolt USB Hub, Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store (blueribbongeneralstore.net) $12
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Photograph: Lauren SpinelliPBKids Mackenzie Chocolate Tiger Backpacks A tiger-print backpack will have your kids feeling super stylish, and your child's name can even be monogrammed right in front. The bag is water-resistant, has tons of pockets and comes in four styles for different age groups. Mackenzie Chocolate Tiger Backpacks, PBKids (potterybarnkids.com) $23–$69.50
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Photograph: Lauren SpinelliRing Eraser These fun and functional rings aren’t just for bling; they’ll erase any mistakes in a jiffy. They're also available in four different colors! Ring Eraser, Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store (blueribbongeneralstore.net) $5
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Photograph: Hope PaigeHope Paige “Braided Elastic” Bracelet – Medical ID If your child has any severe allergies or medical conditions, this may be the best thing you buy all school year. Available in many colors with space for three lines of engraving, it's a fashionable way to put safety first. "Braided Elastic" Bracelet - Medical ID, Hope Paige (hopepaige.com) $19.95
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Photograph: Blue Ribbon General StoreFridge Box Lunchbox Bring the whole fridge to your lunchbox (well…in spirit) with this unique design. Made of lightweight plastic, it's easy for kids to tote back and forth from school. It even comes with a removable tray and silverware for easy meals on the go. Fridge Box Lunchbox, Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store (blueribbongeneralstore.net) $16
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Photograph: CamelBakCamelBak Eddy Kids Water Bottle Tots will stay hydrated with this cute dinosaur CamelBak. A spill-proof design helps kids from making a mess, and if they somehow manage to break it in the lunchroom (which is highly unlikely due to its durable materials), never fear: It comes with a lifetime manufacturer warranty. Eddy Kids Water Bottle, CamelBak (target.com) $12.99
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Photograph: YoobiYoobi Comp Book College Rule These bright 100-page composition books are a nice alternative to your usual black and white design; they'll keep desks colorful and your kids’ notes organized. Comp Book College Rule, Yoobi (target.com) $2.29
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Photograph: LEGOLEGO Boy’s Power Miner Watch We'll admit it: This watch was too cool not to feature. Kids can learn to tell time while building their own timepiece from LEGO links, bezels and a fully-functioning watch with a scratch-resistant crystal lens. Boy's Power Miner Watch, LEGO (overstock.com) $15.49
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Photograph: CrocsCrocband™ Backpack The Crocband Backpack's durable exterior makes it the perfect pick for active kids at school. It even has little holes for Jibbitz charms so your children can deck it out however they want, and there's a little handle on top for easy grab n' go. Crocband Backpack, Crocs (crocs.com) $29.99
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Photograph: PoppinPoppin Pool Blue Kaleidoscope One Subject Notebook Available in pool blue, lime green, pink and purple, these notebooks will be the talk of the classroom. The notebooks contain 80 ruled sheets of 3-hole punched paper, making for an easy transition from notebook to binder. Kaleidoscope One Subject Notebook, Poppin (poppin.com) $7
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Photograph: MOJO BackpacksMOJO Backpacks Puff’d Pyramide For the girly girl, this puffy pink backpack is the perfect pick. The bag comes complete with padded pockets and a stud detail that'll have you parents wanting one all to yourselves. Puff'd Pyramide, MOJO Backpacks (mojobackpacks.com) $35
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Photograph: KikkerlandKikkerland Polar Bear Hot/Cold Pack Tuck this cute little polar bear in your tot’s lunchbox to keep food hot or cold. The pack can be placed in the freezer to retain coolness or in hot water to retain warmth. Polar Bear Hot/Cold Pack, Kikkerland (usa.alexandalexa.com) $12.50
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Photograph: KikkerlandHappy Jackson Yay Lunch Lunchbox Yay lunch! This cute two-piece lunchbox is colorful and easily washable, and it'll give your kids even more reason to get excited about the snacks you've packed. Yay Lunchbox, Happy Jackson (usa.alexandalexa.com) $9.50
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Photograph: MadPaxMadPax Warp Speed Bubble Full Pack This out-of-this-world backpack will have your kiddos traveling through the halls at warp speed. The galaxy pattern pack offers two side-zip pockets, a padded laptop sleeve and an interior zip pocket for storing school supplies. Warp Speed Bubble Full Pack, MadPax (madpax.com) $80
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Photograph: Lauren SpinelliConverse Chuck Taylor High Tops Strut the halls in style with these purple converse high tops. Available in many kids' sizes, these rubber and canvas kicks are universally cool for any age and perfect for a stellar first day of school outfit. Chuck Taylor High Tops, Converse (journeys.com) $34.99
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Photograph: Annie's Blue Ribbon General StoreBanana Pencil Bag Go bananas for this bright pencil pocket. The trendy silicone case will keep your kid's markers, pens and pencils in order even at the bottom of a schoolbag. Banana Pencil Bag, Annie's Blue Ribbon General Store (blueribbongeneralstore.net) $3
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Photograph: Pottery Barn KidsPBTeen Gear-Up Blue Digi Plaid Homework Holder Your kids will love this extra-sturdy plaid blue binder. It has a little pocket for pens and pencils inside, and it even has slots for an ID and class schedule, too. Gear-Up Blue Digi Plaid Homework Holder, PBTeen (pbteen.com) $25.50
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Photograph: KikkerlandPencil Sharpener Robot This techy toy will keep your kids entertained (and their pencils sharpened). Kids can wind up the walking robot by sharpening, and pencil shavings go right into the robot's head for a mess-free study session. Pencil Sharpener Robot, Kikkerland (kikkerland.com) $15
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Photograph: Lauren SpinelliEeboo Flourescent Color Pencils These quirky, brightly colored pencils will encourage creativity in any kid. To keep all six perfectly sharpened, a little purple sharpener is included in the pack! Pop them in a pencil case and your kid is set for any coloring challenge. Flourescent Color Pencils, Eeboo (nordstrom.com) $7.99
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Photograph: MadPaxMadPax LedLox pencil box This geometric pencil box will keep pens, pencils and erasers super secure. Inside, you'll find the perfect compartments for protractors, markers, calculators and any other small school goods you can think of. Ledlox Pencil Box, MadPax (madpax.com) $15

The ultimate back-to-school supply list for kids

Get ready for the new school year with our pick of this season's best gear for your kids

By Allie Early

RECOMMENDED: Kids back to school

Yup, it's that time again. Whether you spent the summer lounging on NYC's best beaches for families or checking off boxes from our list of the best 50 things to do with kids, back-to-school season is now upon us. To help you out with your shopping, here's our pick of the best back-to-school supplies—from dinky erasers to cool USB sticks. These awesome items may even get jr. excited to get back to class.


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