I say this every year, but I can’t believe it’s that time again! We’re busy printing first day of school photo prop signs and collecting Box Tops to bring into class in September, and our school lists have finally arrived! When it comes to back to school shopping we’re all pretty excited here. Even though the kids would love for summer to last forever, there’s no denying that new school stuff is pretty awesome. Especially when it’s as cool as these fun picks! Check out our must-have back to school items for the coming year!
Bixbee Space Racer Backpack – What better way to get kids excited for the new school year than with an awesome backpack? We love Bixbee Backpacks for their awesome and completely unique designs, plus each backpack is specifically designed for kids – made durable and tough in kid’s unique sizes. The horizontal design of Bixbee Backpacks distributes weight more evenly for an ergonomic and healthy fit for small shoulders and backs. As parents we love the little features like water resistance, durable materials that are PVC, BPA & phthalate free, reflective designs for low light visibility and ID cards clearly visible inside the bags. Our kids really love the fun, modern designs and cool features – like the light up LED wings of the Bixbee Space Racer Backpack! Bixbee also has a program called One Here. One There. that gives a backpack and school supplies to a child in need for every backpack purchased! I love when companies give back, especially to something as important as education for our kids. | Bixbee.com – $29.99 & up
Bixbee Dino Pack Lunchbox – Made durable and tough like their backpacks, Bixbee lunchboxes have heavy-duty insulated interiors and outside pockets for napkins and lunch notes. They’re easy to clean with fun prints and 3D features! Everything from butterflies to sharks means there’s something to wow every kid and make those first few lunches really special. | Bixbee.com – $17.99 & up
Lil Gadgets Headphones – Headphones are a back to school must have for us since they’re required for computer class. This is one of the toughest items on our back to school list because we need to buy for three kids, so they have to be decently priced, but they also need to be a great quality to last throughout the school year and provide great sound during class. Lil Gadgets fit the bill perfectly. With bright, fun colors and clear sound quality they are perfect for the classroom and they start at $27.00 so they’re perfect for our budget as well! We use the Lil Gadgets Untangeled Pro at home for a wire-free bluetooth connection to ipads and devices in the car too! | LilGadgets.com – $27.00 & up
National Geographic Kids Weird but True Daily Planner – Getting organized is a big priority, and just like I use a planner to keep my tasks in order, I think it’s so important that the kids have a quality planner they love and will use every day. The Weird but True! daily planner is their favorite because it’s packed with crazy facts about the world around us (and some great writing prompts too!). I love it because the pages are thick and colorful and my kids remember to use it every single day for keeping track of tasks and work because they want to read the daily fact. Last week they discovered that recycling one soda can saves enough energy to run a TV for three hours, and I’m no longer chasing after the kids to rinse their cans and place them in the recycling bin. If that’s not a huge win, I don’t know what is! | Amazon.com $12.99
National Geographic Kids United States Atlas – First of all, this Atlas is gorgeous. I would want it even if I didn’t have kids. The pictures and illustrations are so eye-catching and it’s loaded with tons of information about the U.S. We keep it on the book shelf for easy reference all year long, but use it over the summer too by encouraging the kids to look up states we are visiting and learn something about them before we get there. | Amazon.com – $12.99
American Plastic Toys Study & Play Desk – With younger siblings at home Back to School for my big kids also means making my little ones feel special too. This desk is perfect for preschoolers to work on their arts and crafts or to practice their writing at home. My son loves this desk, and getting to work on number worksheets in the morning helps him to feel more like his older brothers! I love that the desk is lightweight too, so it’s easy to move around to wherever I’m working, and it’s a breeze to clean up after arts and crafts! | Amazon.com – $28.99
American Plastic Toys School Bus Ride-On – When the older kids are getting excited about back to school shopping my younger guys get pretty bummed that they’re left out. I love this school bus ride on because it’s so cute and inexpensive – the perfect back to school gift for little ones who aren’t ready for the real bus yet! My son loves meeting his older brothers at the bus stop riding on his own little school bus! | Amazon.com – $13.99